I recently did a cooking class at the Cooking Professor and Chef Sophie taught us how to make Foccacia. Finally, a bread recipe that actually works !!! This is so simple and easy. I am making it regularly now and planning lots of variations.
For one small loaf
1 sachets of yeast (7g per sachet)
325g (11oz) plain flour
250 ml (1 cup) warm water
1/2 tbsp sugar or honey
1 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt
1 tbsp fresh herbs chopped (thyme or rosemary)
Place yeast, sugar and salt in large bowl. Add water, oil then flour and mix with a wooden spoon or hands to give a smooth-dough. Leave in bowl, covered with a cloth, in a warm place, for at least 20 minutes for dough to prove (it should double in size during this time but can be left longer if necessary). Preheat oven to 190◦c/360F. Grease a tray with olive oil. When dough is proved, re-mix and place on tray. If desired, sprinkle with flaky salt, chopped fresh herbs, parmesan cheese and/or olives. Leave to rise again for another 10 minutes, bake in oven until golden brown on top, so when pierced with knife, the knife comes out clean.