Do you love fresh bread? I do! The bakery section of the grocery store always calls my name- there is just something about nice warm bread straight out of the oven that is so comforting to me.
I have been making lots of soups and salads for dinner lately and nothing rounds out the meal like a delicious bread so here is an easy recipe for Rosemary Focaccia that you might want to try.
Instead of making your own dough, you can use a store bought pizza dough which makes this really easy.
You can customize the ingredients to your liking- I like to add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and some grated Parmesan cheese to my bread. I also like to top mine with a seasoned sea salt. You can use plain salt and then you might consider a few sprinkles of oregano in the olive oil for a little extra flavor.
Here is the basic recipe:
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 sprigs rosemary, stems removed and leaves chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 bag refrigerated, store-bought pizza dough
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
- Parmesan Cheese freshly grated (optional)
- teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- In a sauce pot, combine the ¼ cup of olive oil and chopped rosemary leaves. Heat over low heat just to warm the oil, then remove from the heat and let the rosemary steep in the oil for a minimum of one hour. (Not necessary but this gives great flavor if you have the time.)
- Add the minced garlic to your oil mixture and set aside. You can also add the red pepper flakes if you like- a little goes a long way and you want to make sure it is evenly distributed over the bread.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Lightly grease a baking pan with the tablespoon of olive oil.
- Use your fingers to shape the pizza dough into a rectangle, and place it on the greased baking pan. Press small indentations in the top of the dough, then lightly brush the top of the dough with the rosemary-infused olive oil. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the olive oil.
- If you want to add Parmesan cheese, sprinkle that over the top.
- Bake in the 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, all the dough to cool, then serve.
And viola! A yummy bread! This is great to wrap up as a hostess gift as well- no one can turn down freshly baked bread.
I have made this a bunch of times and I have found when I use a rolling pin on the dough, it comes out really dense and hard. I prefer to just use my fingers on the dough to shape it. You will get a thicker dough but it will be much lighter.
If you decide to try this out please come back and let me know what you think!
And did you know it is super easy (and cheap!) to make your own butter! Get the recipe for homemade butter here.