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Chloe's Focaccia

Focaccia - is it a trendy, fashionable recent arrival on the artisan bread scene or has it been lying dormant since ancient history? The truth of the matter is that this bread is as old as recorded history. The name Focaccia is a derivative of a Latin word meaning hearth. Before ovens became common, this flat bread was baked on a hot stone under a mound of hot ashes, sort of an ancient hearth.
 
The tastiest ingredients available at whatever time of year were incorporated into this rustic flat bread. Bakers with a lot of imagination over the years have elevated this bread to its present status. If you search enough books on the subject you will find recipes for focaccia with olives, with cheese, with sea salt, from all different regions of Italy, and on and on.
 
Ingredients:
2 packages fast-rising dry yeast
2 cups tepid water
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup salad oil
1 teaspoon table salt
5 1/2 cups unbleached white bread flour
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup olive oil for topping
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon kosher salt

Dissolve the yeast in tepid water. Add the sugar, olive oil,
salad oil, and table salt. Mix in 3 cups of flour and whip until the dough begins to leave the sides of the mixing bowl, about 10 minutes.

Mix in the remianing flour by hand or with a dough hook and knead the dough until it is smooth. Allow the dough to rise twice in the bowl,and punch down after each rising.

Oil two baking sheet, each 11 x 17 inches, and divide the dough between the two pans. Using your fingers, press the dough out to the edges of each pan. Cover and allow to rise for about thirty minutes, and brush with a mixture of the crushed garlic and oil reserved for topping.

Sprinkle with rosemary and kosher salt.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

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