When Jacob and I were in Florence this past February, we stayed at a lovely Airbnb. Our host, Heather, was so wonderful! I certainly recommend staying with her if you find yourself in beautiful Florence. (And if you do decide to try out Airbnb, which you definitely should, you can use my reader exclusive credit and get $40 off your first trip of $75 or more!)
Heather suggested that we get some focaccia from the local bakery in the city. She told us to try some bread from Pugi, which is known to have the best focaccia in all of Florence. Of course the foodie in me just had try every Italian food while on my trip, so naturally I had to get my hands on the bread as soon as I could.
Upon walking into the bakery, we were overwhelmed with the scent of olive oil and garlic…I’m a sucker for that smell! We shared a small piece of the original focaccia and it was sooo good! Boy, am I glad that we listened to Heather’s recommendation! Having never tried focaccia in my life, I felt like I had died and gone to bread heaven after tasting it. I’ll admit, I was sad I didn’t have time to go get more during our short stay in Florence.
In a mad attempt to try to recreate the Italian bread at home, I came across this recipe from Inspired Taste. While it’s not quite as authentic as true Italian focaccia, it certainly satisfied my craving for the delicious bread. This recipe is a super easy way to bring the taste of an Italian bakery to your home, plus the spices and olive oil make your kitchen smell so good!
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 cup warm water
- 2¼ tsp active dry yeast
- ¼ tsp honey
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Dash of salt and pepper
- In a medium frying pan, mix olive oil, garlic, thyme rosemary and pepper. Heat pan over low heat and stir oil and seasonings occasionally for 5 to 10 minutes. Put to the side.
- In a large mixing bowl, pour water, yeast and honey. Stir and let the mixture rest for 5 minutes or until the yeast starts to bubble. Add in 1 cup of the flour and ¼ cup of the olive oil mixture. Stir just until the flour is combined. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining flour as well as the salt. Once the bread dough has been mixed, place dough on a floured surface. Knead until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl with a damp towel on top and rise for an hour.
- After the dough is about double in size, heat the oven to 450F degrees. Pour 2 tablespoons of the olive oil mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch cookie sheet.
- Place the dough into the pan and press until it is stretched completely over the bottom of the pan. Using the tips of your fingers, indent the dough and then drizzle the remaining olive oil mixture over the top of the dough.
- Allow the dough to sit for another 20 minutes and then bake 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
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