I love a good focaccia bread.
And I especially love that bread when it has been made for me by someone else.
You want to know what I don’t love?
(I’m not going to mention any names)
When I get to a dinner party and discover that everything on that table was prepared by the hands of your local grocer; petite quiches, jalapeno poppers (at a dinner party?) and other finger foods from Sam’s… a cake from Sam’s bakery… and, the one thing that infuriates me the most… sliced bread… also bought at Sam’s.
Are you kidding me?
You just invited me to a dinner party that was catered by your local Sam’s. Why on Earth didn’t you just tell us to meet you at the cafe over at Sam’s instead?
Come on, at least make the bread!
Oh gosh. Am I being a brat? Is that too harsh?!
But, I believe that nothing tastes as good as homemade bread. Nothing. The smell of the bread while baking … mmmmm…. so good!!
Please allow me to show you how easy it is to make a really good bread that you can wow your guests with. It tastes oh-so-yummy-good, it takes one hour flat to make it, and your guests will love this Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread just because it sounds foreign.
Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread
- 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour (I use King Arthur)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 package (.25 oz.) instant dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup of hot water
- olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- Preheat oven to 475.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, yeast, and garlic salt; stir well to combine.
- Stir in 1/4 cup of warm water, mix, then pour in another 1/4 cup; continue to mix. Pour the rest of the water if needed, until all of the flour is absorbed.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 minute.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
- Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. I always put it on top of my warm stove and the rise is done within 20 minutes.
- Take the dough and knead it again, briefly, on a lightly floured surface.
- Roll the dough into a rectangular shape, about 1/4 inch thick, and place it on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Dimple the bread with your index finger.
- Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano and rosemary.
- Bake the bread for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on desired crispness.
- With a sharp knife, slice the focaccia into wedges and serve it with garlic sauce, cheese sauce or any dipping sauce of your choice. You can also cut it into squares and make little bite-sized sandwiches.