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Rosemary and oregano focaccia

Focaccia with rosemary and oregano

Focaccia with Rosemary

·      3 cups 0 Flour (in the USA this would be Bread flour), divided
·      1 cup Warm water
·      ¼ cup Olive oil
·      1 tablespoon Sugar
·      1 tablespoon Fine salt
·      ½ tablespoon Rock salt
·      1 cube Fresh yeast (or 1 Satchel of dry yeast)
·      Rosemary, to taste
·      Oregano, to taste
·      Pepper, to taste

1.     Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F.
2.     In a big bowl, dissolve the fresh yeast with the sugar.  Simply by moving it around with a fork and mixing a bit, the fresh yeast will turn to liquid.  If you're using dry yeast, it will dissolve in the water... Add the warm water.
3.     Sift 1½ cups of flour into the bowl. Mix the water into the flour with a strong wooden spoon. Add the salt and mix with the spoon for about 1-2 minutes.
4.     Add the other 1½ cups of flour and kneed the focaccia dough for about 3 minutes, mixing very well.  Add the dough into the bowl and add olive oil.  Using your hands, squeeze the olive oil into the dough for about a minute.  Simply mixing with your hands, do this for about one minute...there will be extra oil a the bottom of the bowl (this will be poured on top of the dough later).
5.     Make a ball with the dough, and put the dough in a pan with a sheet of baking paper.  Press the dough into the pan with your hands.  Then make dimples in the dough with your fingers.  Add the rest of the olive oil on the top of dough, the oil will pool and fill the small holes.  Sprinkle the dough with the rock salt, the rosemary, the oregano, and the pepper.
6.     Let the focaccia rise for approximately two hours.
7.     Bake at 350F/180C for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.