Homemade Focaccia Bread {AND my snow day fun!}

Last week was a bit of a blur….literally!  I blame the guy on the plane on the way home from El Paso Texas.  He was taking mucinex and drinking orange juice….it was a bad sign to me.  SOOOOOooooo…..I decided it was a good week to get a chest and head cold…..not fun for sure!  So orange juice and rest has been my best friend.  Oh and I discovered saline flushes in the nose, AMAZING really!

To make this week end better, and to make me SQUEEEE like a little girl…..it finally snowed in Charlotte!!!!  Now you may say, well everyone has been getting snow, so what?  In Charlotte, we really don’t get much snow.  So when it snows here, it is like we won the lottery.  It is the BEST moment EVER!!!

Homemade Focaccia Bread {AND my snow day fun!}

Homemade Focaccia Bread {AND my snow day fun!}

Homemade Focaccia Bread {AND my snow day fun!}

Homemade Focaccia Bread {AND my snow day fun!}

Now back to food!  Do you remember last week when I shared the Belgium Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis?  That fun dessert was made when CafeTerrBlog went mobile and made a few fun dishes at our friend’s house.

A few bloggers had said it is hard for them to cook at other people’s home.  BUT we actually all cooked together, laughed, and really enjoyed ourselves.  AND to make it even better, they said they would love to be our food guinea pigs anytime, WOO HOO!!!

We made grilled cedar plank salmon, grilled veggies, and to compliment the two treats, I made homemade focaccia bread.  A few weeks ago Red Star Yeast sent me a package full of yeast.  The best moment in a bread bakers life!!!  The focaccia recipe I made was not completely measured, I am not one to measure much.  I made a similar version of the focaccia bread awhile ago on Queen City Exclusive.  The original recipe and inspiration came from Diethood.

Homemade Focaccia Bread

Homemade Focaccia Bread

A warm crusty bread, complimented with your favorite soup or entree!

1 hr, 30 Prep Time

30 minCook Time

2 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp of salt
2 packages (.25 oz.) Platinum Red Star Yeast
4 cloves fresh garlic, finely diced
2 heaping Tbsp of fresh rosemary, chopped finely
1/2 cup fresh parmesan
1 cup of lukewarm water, about 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit
1/4 cup olive oil
Sliced black olives to top on bread

Instructions

Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. We used the baking steel pan. If you use a sheet pan, just lightly grease the pan with cooking spray, or olive oil, and sprinkle cornmeal on pan.

In a small bowl, or 4 cup glass measuring cup, add lukewarm water, olive oil, and yeast, let the mixture sit for up to five minutes to let yeast come alive.

In medium bowl, add flour, salt, garlic, rosemary, and parmesan. Add in yeast mixture and mix well. You may need more flour if dough is too sticky. Once dough is mixed well enough, knead for about 30 seconds. Place dough in oiled bowl, and let sit in warm area for about 1-2 hours, until dough doubles in size.

Spread dough out on pan, sprinkle black olives on top of dough, bake for about 25-35 minutes until golden brown, depending on oven.

Enjoy!

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Now this bread has taken three different transformations.  It is a fun recipe, and easy to make your own, add in any of your favorite ingredients!

Homemade Focaccia Bread

What is your favorite homemade bread to make?

Do you love snow as much as I do?

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  • Kate | Food Babbles
    So sorry to hear you were sick this week. That's the worst! Hope you're on the mend. And congratulations on your SNOW!! I'm from Greensboro so I know what big deal snow in NC is. It was always such a special occasion to see those lovely little flakes. Your snow pictures are gorgeous. I love the one of the snow on the fence especially. So beautiful. And speaking of beautiful, this focaccia looks divine too. I can practically taste the rosemary and black olives. Yum!
  • Hotly Spiced
    The images of the snow are just stunning. I can imagine how exciting it must be to wake up to a winter wonderland because that is something I long to experience - just once in my lifetime! It never snows in Sydney! xx
  • Booooo at being sick! YAAAAAAY! for Focaccia!! I actually made some last week with my original recipe... love that stuff! Thanks SO much for the shout out!!
  • Homemade bread is the best, I love focaccia!
  • Glad you're feeling better! I love making homemade breads to use for sandwiches and toast. Nothing beats it! I don't mind snow, but months of dark days get a little old afterwhile. We probably get more of those up North than you probably do down South. Glad you could enjoy a snow day :)
  • I love focaccia but never attempted at home!Yours looks absolutely delicious with the olives!!Lovely clicks of the snow too :)
  • I feel cold just looking at the snow photos! The focaccia looks rustic and awesome.
  • Your focaccia looks perfect to warm up everyone during your cold :D Cheers CCU http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  • Tara (Della Rose Living)
    Love they bread but love the pictures more. they are beautiful Terra!! Makes me super jealous! :) My favorite is the fence... you can hear the silence.. beautiful.
  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme
    Love the photo of the camellia in the snow! Just gorgeous. And your focaccia looks wonderful!
  • The thought of your rosemary olive topping is making my mouth water! SO yummy! And I'm happy to send any of our snow your way ;) Hope you're feeling better!
  • kitchenriffs
    Too bad about your cold! But the snow can be so much fun. And those nasal saline flushes really are worth doing. Great looking focaccia. Love the rosemary and olives. I'll bet it tastes great! Good stuff - thanks.
  • mjskit
    Snow in Charlotte? I bet that was pretty and pretty exciting! Sorry you were under the weather and probably didn't get to enjoy it like you wanted to. You should have been in Amarillo, TX, yesterday. It got 19" of snow and you would have loved it! What is it about rosemary and yeast bread? I love the smell of it baking and the taste of it right out of the oven. What a great recipe Terra!! Hope you're feeling better this week!