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Garden Focaccia

Joan Hanson | April 6, 2021

Food | Heart to Table

This eye-catching focaccia garden art might be the best thing since sliced bread

When you are ready to create your own masterpiece, start with our easy focaccia bread recipe. After the dough has risen, you’re ready to decorate with colorful veggies, herbs, and cheese. After the dough has risen, let your creativity shine, decorating it with colorful veggies, herbs, and cheese. Some of our favorite toppings are Hormel® pepperoni and Hormel® hard salami. Pop your art in the oven for a few minutes until it turns a beautiful golden brown. After your first bite, you’ll agree this recipe is one of the most satisfying ways to play with your food.

Garden Focaccia

  • Hands-On Time

    10 minutes
  • Total Time

    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Serves

    8
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (¼-ounce) package instant yeast
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Suggested Toppings HORMEL® pepperoni, HORMEL GATHERINGS® pepperoni, ham, and salami, HORMEL® hard salami, assorted vegetables, assorted herbs, assorted seeds

Instructions

In bowl of stand mixer, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbling. Add flour, ¼ cup olive oil and salt. Beat at medium-high speed 1 minute.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil on large rimmed baking sheet.

Scoop the sticky batter into the prepared pan. Cover. Let rise at room temperature 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400°F. Gently stretch the dough to cover the baking sheet. The dough should be about 1 inch thick. Poke the dough all over with fingers.

Drizzle lightly with remaining olive oil. Decorate bread with Suggested Toppings to create a garden.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven. Allow to cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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