Monday, May 17, 2010

Olive Focaccia

Day 11

Today I had my sister and her friend Kelly over for lunch. Kelly doesn't do well with lactose and you'd be amazed how many lunch foods have cheese. I found a recipe for black olive focaccia from perfect baking by Parragon Publishing that sounded great. I did a little tweaking of my own and here's what I came up with in the end.
Olive Focaccia
4c of white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
1 t salt
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
6 T extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for oiling
2/3 c pitted black olives (I used a small can of sliced black olives)
4 large garlic stuffed green olives
2 T basil pesto
1 t course sea salt
1. mix flour, salt and yeast in mixer with dough hook. Pour in the water and 2 T of olive oil and mix to soft dough.
2. Knead on 2 for 5-10 minutes or until it becomes smooth and elastic. Transfer to clean, warmed, oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
3. Brush 2 cookie sheets with oil. Punch the dough to knock out the air, then knead on 2 for 1 minute (dust with a little flour). Add the olives and 1 T of pesto and knead until combined.
4. Divide the dough in half and shape into 2 oval shapes. (Mine was a little thick, but still worked) Place on the oiled cookie sheets. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough is puffy.
5. Press your fingers into the dough to make dimples, drizzle over 2 T of oil, and sprinkly with the course salt. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and cover with a cloth, to give a soft crust. Slice each loaf into 6 pieces and serve warm.
I served mine with an artichoke bruchetta and a little fresh spinach that I sauteed with garlic and olive oil. This was super yummy all by itself. It would go great with any italian dish too.


  1. This blog is almost as cool as one I used to read called


  2. Ugh I have everything but the pesto!

  3. Michelle the original recipe didn't call for pesto. Or green olives that matter.

  4. OH well there ya go! Now it's MY afternoon project! LOL

  5. Parker just saw this picture and said, "Oh, yum!".

    This is Laura, by the way.