Focaccia is a standard bread in the homes of Italian’s living in the Pulgia area of Italy. Here in the heel of the boot of Italy, Focaccia bread is made fresh every few days and used as a snack, with meal or sliced and stuffed to make delicious sandwiches.
This version uses lots of olive oil which keeps it moist and also allows it to get crispy on the outside and stay nice and soft in the middle when toasted or grilled. You can add your favorite ingredient to this basic recipe, such as onions, rosemary, Parmesan cheese, olives or leeks. Or, enjoy it plain and piping hot from the oven.
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Italian Potato Focaccia Bread
Potato Focaccia Bread Recipe
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Medium Potato, Boiled and Peeled
1 Cup Warm Water
1/2 Package Dry Active Yeast
1 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water.
Thoroughly mash the potato or run it through a potato ricer if possible.
Place the flour on a dry clean cooking surface or the center of a large bowl.
Made a well in the center.
Add the potato to the well along with the yeast mixture and the olive oil.
Begin to combine by pinching together the potatoes from the center with the surrounding flour.
Add the remaining warm water and salt when about 1/2 of the potato and flour mixture are combined.
Once a ball of dough is formed, kneed it for 10 minutes.
Let the dough to rest for 30 minutes in a covered bowl in a warm place.
Liberally coat the bottom of a deep 10" by 15" baking dish.
Press the dough into the pan leaving some room around the edges for the bread to expand.
Liberally coat the top of the dough with oil then place the pan in the center of a preheated 350 degree oven.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the bread is golden brown.
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A special thank you to Chef Gianna Greco of Cooking Experience in Lecce, Italy. We adapted our recipe from her version that we sampled during a recent cooking class. More recipes and our story about our experience coming soon.
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