Fabulous Olives & Thyme Focaccia

 A focaccia , is kind of a cross between a bread and a pizza, and absolutely delicious. You could either eat it with antipasti, such as olives, parma ham, or a dip of olive oil with a drop or two of balsamic vinegar, or as a perfect accompaniment to ‘Nanny Salvu’s soup’, (or any other soup for that matter) and the ‘Bolognese Sauce’. 
And this is how you do it:


For the Dough                                                                 For the Topping
350grms Plain Flour                                                       2tbsp olives – sliced
Pinch Salt                                                                       A few sprigs fresh thyme
7grms Dry Yeast                                                            pinch coarse salt
210ml Lukewarm Water                                                2tbsp olive oil                          
1tbsp Olive Oil

  •  Lightly oil a 10 inch shallow round/rectangle pizza pan/pie dish. 
  • Place the flour, salt, yeast and olive oil in a *bowl. Using the handle side of a wooden spoon mix gently and make a whole in the middle, gradually adding the water to form a soft dough. 
  • Knead for at least 5 minutes until smooth and elastic in texture.
  • Cover the bowl with a lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise in a *warm place until the dough has doubled in size. 
  • Knead the dough for about a minute and transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Roll out into a 10 inch circle/rectangle and place in the prepared tin.  
  • Cover with a lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Using your fingers make deep (as in the pictures). Cover and leave to rise for about 10 minutes.
  • While it is rising, pre-heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.
  • Uncover and sprinkle over the olives and the thyme, pushing gently into the dough.   
  • Sprinkle the salt and the olive oil and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  •  Cool slightly on a wire rack and enjoy warm! 
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* TIPS – If possible it is best to use a metal bowl, as this keeps the heat and will help the dough to rise.   Leave to rise in a sunny window, or else while preparing the dough pre-heat the oven on 100/120⁰C for about 20 minutes. Then switch off, and wait till it cools off a bit, then leave the dough to rise in the warm oven.

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