Tuesday, May 27, 2014


This recipe is guaranteed walnut free!

I make this bread all the time - perhaps 3 or 4 times a week. It rounds out a meal so no one leaves the table hungry.  It's very easy and absolutely delicious. If you haven't made bread before it's a  good place to start.  

8 oz plain flour
1 tsp instant yeast
½ tsp salt + more for sprinkling
1 tbsp olive oil + more for drizzling
a little luke warm water

Mix flour, yeast and salt. Add olive oil and enough warm water to make a firm but supple dough. Knead for a couple of minutes till the dough is nice and elastic. Put back in the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel or a piece of clingfilm.  

When it's risen - about 30 mins - ( or less if it's warm), flour your work surface and press the ball of dough into a roundish shape. Put on a floured baking sheet. Cover again and leave for 10 or 15 minutes. 

Dimple the surface all over with your fingers, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. 
Bake at 180º (fan) for between 15 and 20 minutes or till golden brown.
Remove from oven and cut into pieces immediately. It doesn't keep you have to eat it all now!

You could easily adapt the recipe to make more or less. In my case it's usually scaling up. An 8oz foccacia is enough for the 4 of us but if I'm feeding more I'll add another 2 or 4 ounces of flour and just a little more yeast.  

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