Bread Art- Foccacia Garden Recipe

Foccacia Garden

What else is there to do in then bake and make currently? While we work on home renovation projects and spend our time keeping busy while we adjust and continue life during the current lock down…we decided to do some more baking.

This time I found a really fun trend on Pinterest that involves some truly beautiful foccacia creations.

Taking inspiration from flowers and our garden we decided to bake this masterpiece earlier this afternoon to devour while working on our kitchen updates. But to keep this short and simple…here is a quick foccacia recipe to make then gather whatever veggies or toppings you like to create your own piece of delicious art bread.

F O C C A C I A

Ingredients:

500g strong bread flour

7g dried fast action yeast

2 tsp fine sea salt

5 tbsp olive oil and extra for tin and to serve

Various cut veggies and toppings as you see fit

Method

  1. Tip the flour into a large bowl. Mix the yeast into one side of the flour, and the fine salt into the other side. Then mix everything together, this initial seperation prevents the salt from killing the yeast.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add 2 tbsp oil and 350-400ml lukewarm water, adding it gradually until you have a slightly sticky dough (you may not need all the water). Sprinkle the work surface with flour and tip the dough onto it, scraping around the sides of the bowl. Kneed for 5-10 mins until your dough is soft and less sticky. Put the dough into a clean bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hr until doubled in size.
  3. Oil a rectangle, shallow tin (25 x 35cm). Tip the dough onto the work surface, then stretch it to fill the tin. Cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for another 35-45 mins. 
  4. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Press your fingers into the dough to make dimples. Mix together 1½ tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp water and the flaky salt and drizzle over the bread. Then add your toppings and decorate as you like!
  5. Bake for 20 mins until golden. Whilst the bread is still hot, drizzle over 1-2 tbsp olive oil. Cut into squares and serve warm or cold with extra olive oil, if you like. 

That it! Happy eating 😀

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