Thursday, 3 June 2021

Recipe 128: Pizza Focaccia Bread


Do you love pizza? But cannot make it often because of the lack of proper ingredients?

Then try a bread loaf that is reminiscent of a pizza.

With minimal toppings and soft bready base, this Pizza Focaccia Bread will become your new favourite.

Serve it as breakfast loaf or take few slices in tiffin for lunch or picnic, this bread is quite versatile.

On the one hand, this recipe is a simple and pretty basic focaccia recipe, you can also prepare a proper deep-dish pizza with vegetables and meat toppings. And rather than a loaf pan, bake it in a round pizza pan.

The best part of this recipe is that since the dough is a wet one, you do not actually knead the dough for a long time to develop gluten. The yeast does its work on its own. Just spread the dough with oiled fingers (to avoid stickiness) to all corners of the baking pan and you are done!

Ingredients:

  1. 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 3/4 cup warm water
  3. 1/4 cup processed cheese
  4. 1/4 cup pizza/marinara sauce
  5. 1-2 tbsp. oil
  6. 1 tbsp. dried oregano or mixed pizza/pasta spices
  7. 1.5 tsp. sugar
  8. 1 tsp. dry yeast
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 4-5 cloves of fresh garlic

Method:

In warm water dissolve sugar and yeast.
Allow the yeast to bloom and activate for atleast 10 minutes at room temperature.
After you see foamy bubbles, add flour, salt, oil to the yeast solution.
Knead the dough.
The dough will be wet and not stiff.
Add chopped garlic and dried oregano flakes and knead again.
Smear some oil all over the dough and cover it to prevent drying.
Place the dough in room temperature.
After half an hour, the dough must double in size. If it does not rise, then keep the dough rested in room temperature or someplace warmer for a longer time.
Now take the dough and spread it to all corners of a greased bread loaf pan.
Spread pizza or marinara sauce generously.
Add a layer of grated cheese on top.
Now cover the loaf pan with a clingfilm and keep it rested for another half an hour to rise.
After that, place pizza focaccia bread in a hot oven and bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Take the hot pizza focaccia bread out and cut into slices and serve!
You can even store the leftover pizza focaccia bread and freeze it for later consumption.
Just reheat in microwave.



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