Italian Foccacia
Course : Italian
Serves: 1


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   2 1/2  cups          all-purpose -- up to 3
                        --or unbleached flour
   2      teaspoons     sugar
     1/4  teaspoon      salt
   1      package       regular
                        --or quick-acting active dry yeast
     1/4  cup           olive or vegetable oil
   1      cup           very warm water -- (120f to 13o f)
                        --olive or vegetable oil
   2      tablespoons   chopped fresh herbs
                        -- , (such as basil,
                        -- oregano or
                        -- rosemary)
   2      tablespoons   parmesan cheese -- grated


Mix 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add 1/4 cup oil and the warm water. Beat on medium speed 3 min- utes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour until dough is soft and leaves side of bowl. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead 5 to 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.) Heat oven to 425 F. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Punch down dough, and divide in half. Shape each half into flattened 12-inch round on cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place 20 minutes. Prick centers and 1 inch in from edge thoroughly with fork. Brush with oil. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon herbs and cheese. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. VARIATION: Red Pepper Foccacia: For each flatbread, cook 1 medium red bell pepper cut into 1/4-inch rings, and I small onion, sliced, in 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until softened. Arrange on each oil-brushed flatbread and sprinkle with herbs and cheese before baking. Yield: 2 flatbreads (12 slices each)