Focaccia Bread



1 lb unbleached white bread flour

7 g sachet yeast

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

4 tabs. olive oil + 275 ml hot water



25 g black olives, cut and stoned

Half a small onion, finely chopped

1 tsp. dried rosemary

1 tsp. sea salt



1] Sift and mix flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Make well in the flour mixture. Pour in the olive oil and water. Mix well to form a dough.

2] Turn dough onto lightly-floured surface and knead for 10 mins. until elastic and springy.

3] Place in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for about 40 mins., until it has doubled in size.

4] Knead again for a few minutes. Spread out in a baking tray with your knuckles. Cover with a tea-towel and leave in a warm place for 25 min.

5] Pre-heat the oven to 220C / 425F / gas 7.

6] Make deep dimples in the dough with knuckles. Drizzle olive oil over surface. Sprinkle onion, rosemary and salt over surface. Add olives.

7] Bake in centre of oven for 25 to 30 mins. until golden. Eat within the hour!



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