When I had my old website, thenakachanlife.com, I had a focaccia recipe that I really liked… And I decided to make it again! Only this time, I decided to make it a pizza. Thus, the focaccia pizza recipe was created!
But Kristi… Why would you make focaccia pizza??? I’m glad you asked!
…Because I like focaccia and I like pizza. Heh!
For those of you who don’t know, focaccia is a flat oven-baked bread that is quite similar to pizza. It is slightly fluffier and is shaped like a rectangle… But it still is yummy!
Making the dough is also a huge plus. Although it takes longer because you have to let it rest, it is quite worth it!
One thing to really know about bread is the yeast. You want to make sure you put enough yeast in to make the dough become spongey and fluffy– if you put too little in, you are left with a dough that is heavy and dense, which is not favorable. However, if you put too much yeast, the bread can get that yeasty flavor… Which is also not favorable.
Basically, too little yeast yields a dense dough that you’ll have to let rest for longer than expected, and too much yeast will yield a yeasty-tasting dough that you’ll rest less in order to leave as little of that yeasty taste in your mouth. All in all, put in the right amount of yeast. 🙂
Feel free to use whatever ingredients you want to use, but I like veggies! Mushrooms and onions, in particular… Yum!
- FOCACCIA: 1¼ c lukewarm water
- ¼ c Olive oil (plus more for bowl and for brushing)
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1½ T sugar
- 3½ c bread flour (and more just in case)
- 1 tsp salt
- PIZZA: 1-2 c mozzarella cheese
- 6-8 oz tomato sauce
- Toppings as desired
- Put dough ingredients in one bowl, and in another bowl, use extra olive oil to oil the bowl lightly.
- Using all dough ingredients, knead together until dough is soft and elastic, adding more flour if needed. (The dough should feel like an earlobe).
- Place in oiled bowl, put a cloth (preferably a breathable cloth like a cheesecloth) on top, and allow to rise until doubled (about 1 hr).
- Prepare a baking sheet by lightly oiling sheet with olive oil, and after the dough has risen, pat into sheet, distributing the dough evenly. Cover with cheesecloth and let dough rest 30-45min.
- Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly oil fingertips and press into the dough, creating evenly spaced "dimples" into the dough. Pop that sucker in the oven for about 25 min, or until the top looks slightly golden.
- Remove from oven and add your tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings on the bread, evenly spreading them. Then, turn the oven temp to 400F and put the pizza in.
- Bake until cheese has melted and is bubbly. Take out of oven, cool slightly, cut and serve!
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