Rosemary~Shallot Focaccia

A light & pillowy bread flavored with olive oil, rosemary & sweet shallots

What is focaccia?

Focaccia is a simple Italian yeast bread baked on high heat on sheet pans.  The dough is a perfect canvas to be topped with flavorful ingredients


 Common toppings include tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, onions and herbs. We’re using rosemary but sage is also commonly used

This simple bread only has a few ingredients but is delicious thanks to the flavor boost of adding a yeasty beer

I have 4 cups of flour, one 12 ounce beer, 1 package of quick rising yeast, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 cup of olive oil

The type of beer doesn’t really matter.  I’m using a lager because it’s what we happen to have

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Add half of the flour, the yeast packet and the sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer.  Give a whisk

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We’ll need the beer to be a bit warm, so I’m carefully heating to 100 degrees F over low heat.  I’m monitoring the temperature with a thermometer

If the beer is too hot, you can scorch the dry yeast.  Not like I’m speaking from experience or anything like that… 🙄

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Add the beer to the flour mixture and combine on low

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Add in the remaining flour, the olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt.  Beat on medium for about 5 minutes until a ball is formed

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Turn the dough ball out into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for about 2 hours until it rises nicely

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I put the covered bowl in my oven (turned off) just because that’s the warmest place in my kitchen

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Once the dough rises, spread out into an oiled pan and lightly dimple with the tips of your fingers.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again for about another hour

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Thinly slice up 2 large shallots and measure out 1 tablespoon of rosemary and a half of a tablespoon of sea salt.  I use Maldon sea salt because it’s both salty and crunchy

Typically I would use fresh rosemary, but since we’re pressed to find all of the ingredients that we need right now, dried will do just fine

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Brush the entire top of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with the rosemary and sea salt.  Add the shallots in a single layer

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Bake at 425 degrees F for 18-20 minutes

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And there you have it!  A perfect bread easily made right in your own kitchen

Cut into squares and feed the hungry people standing in your kitchen!

A sheet pan of lightly brown focaccia bread with crispy shallots and rosemary

Enjoy!

Simply Sundays ~ Rosemary ~ Shallot Focaccia

  • Servings: 1 sheet of focaccia bread
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

4 cups of flour

1 – 12 ounce beer

1 package of quick rising yeast

1 teaspoon of sugar

1/4 cup of olive oil

Pinch of kosher salt

For the topping

2 large shallots

1 tablespoon of rosemary

1/2 tablespoon of sea salt

Olive oil for brushing

Directions

Add half of the flour, the yeast packet and the sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer.  Give a whisk

Heat the beer to 100 degrees F over low heat.  Closely monitor the temperature with a thermometer

Add the beer to the flour mixture and combine on low

Add in the remaining flour, the olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt.  Beat on medium for about 5 minutes until a ball is formed

Turn the dough ball out into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for about 2 hours until it rises

Once the dough rises, spread out into an oiled pan and lightly dimple with the tips of your fingers.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again for about another hour

After the second rise, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F

Thinly slice up 2 large shallots and measure out 1 tablespoon of rosemary and a half of a tablespoon of sea salt

Brush the entire top of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with the rosemary and sea salt.  Add the shallots in a single layer

Bake at 425 degrees F for 18-20 minutes

Cut into squares and serve

Tools used to make this recipe

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KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer

Mini Prep Glass Bowl

Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup, Red Graphics, Clear

Wilton Recipe Right Non-stick Cookie Sheet Set, 2-Piece

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