This easy homemade focaccia flavoured with basil pesto is the perfect side dish for pasta, risotto or salad. The dough can be made by hand, or in a mixer if you prefer, and the end result is a deliciously soft bread with a crispy golden top. Just how focaccia should be!
- 500 g Strong White Bread Flour
- 1½ teaspoon Salt
- 325 ml Tepid Water
- 1 teaspoon Caster Sugar
- 7 g Fast Action Yeast
- 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 5 tablespoon Pesto
- 30 g Parmesan grated
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt Flakes
- 10 Basil leaves
- 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling
Place the strong bread flour and salt in a large bowl and mix together.
In a separate bowl or jug mix the yeast and sugar with 325ml of tepid water and leave to stand for a few minutes. Add the yeast water and olive oil to the flour mix and bring together with your hands.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes (you can also use a mixer with dough attachment if you prefer). Place the ball of dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film.
Leave to rise for 1 hour in a warm place (it should have doubled in size).
Preheat the oven to 220°c (200 fan/ 425F/ Gas 7).
Lightly oil a baking sheet and push the dough out with your hands, so the dough spreads over the baking tin. There is no need to use a rolling pin here. Leave to rise for 40 minutes covered with a clean tea towel.
Make finger indentations into the dough and bake for 15 minutes at 220°c (200 fan). Take out of the oven and drizzle over the pesto, sprinkle over the grated Parmesan and sea salt and return to the oven for a further 5-8 minutes.
Serve with fresh basil leaves and more olive oil.
- Freezing Information: After the dough rises, punch it down to release the air. Freeze the dough. Lightly coat a large piece of clingfilm with olive oil and wrap the dough ball making sure you squeeze out all the air. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in a fridge and allow to return to room temperature before shaping the dough into the baking tin.
- The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.