When I found this recipe the other day, I was a little skeptical- a delicious bread that can be made from start to finish in an hour? I’ve had a few, *ahem*, interesting experiences with rolling out dough, so that didn’t add to my optimism. I decided to give it a go though, and boy, was it worth it!
The recipe really was incredibly simple, it only take an hour, and it couldn’t have been any easier to roll out. And the bread was so delicious! The texture was so good- soft inside and a bit crisp on top. I modified the original recipe by adding garlic powder and garlic sea salt- the garlic got a bit crunchy and added a really yummy flavor.
Cast Iron Focaccia
Slight alterations to Crunchy Creamy Sweet’s recipe
Ingredients for the dough:
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. yeast (Active Dry Yeast)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups flour (divided in half)
1/2 tsp. salt
For the melted butter mixture:
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. grated parmesan
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. garlic sea salt
Place warm water and sugar in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, and stir until sugar dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water and stir a few times. Let stand for about 5 minutes, or until foamy.
Turn the mixer onto low and add one cup of the flour and the salt, and mix until combined. Add olive oil and mix well. With the mixer on low, add flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl- I used a bit more than 3/4 of a cup, but it may need anywhere from 3/4 cup to a full cup.
At this point, preheat the oven to 220* and turn it off once it has preheated. Keep the door closed.
Grease the skillet well. Place dough onto a floured surface and fold the dough a few times until it’s no longer sticky. Shape into a ball. Roll out the dough until it’s about the size of your skillet. Place the rolled out dough into the skillet and stretch it up the sides. Cover the skillet with a kitchen towel and place in the oven for 20 minutes to rise.
Take the skillet out of the oven and preheat the oven to 400*. Make indentations in the dough with your fingers. Mix melted butter, parmesan and seasoning in a small bowl. Brush the dough with half the butter.
Place skillet in the preheated oven and bake 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with remaining butter. Slice into wedges or squares and serve.
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