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Oh Bread-y day, ohh bread-y day..

A day of work, a day cleaning up the kitchen and the room, a day I made some, well..a bread ( yup, sbb buat satu jer )

I was browsing tru the net for some ideas to make a bread, ( I gave up on Bagels actually because mine didn't turn out like a bagel, AT ALL! - I'll try it again later la, when I'm confident enough to give it another shot )

And then I came across another great cooking webpage called the Cookbook 411 and found a wonderful Focaccia recipe. I used the exact recipe for the dough, but changed the topping because I didn't have any fresh fruits at hand.

Anyway, to those who are not familiar with this type of bread, here's some info I got about focaccia-->
Focaccia (pronounced foh-KAH-cha) is a flat bread topped with spices and other products, which is related to modern pizza. The basic recipe is thought by some to have originated with the Etruscans or ancient Greeks.

It is quite popular in Italy and is usually seasoned with olive oil and herbs, topped with cheese and meat or flavored with a number of vegetables. Focaccia doughs are similar in style and texture to pizza doughs consisting of high-gluten flour, oil, water, sugar, salt and yeast.

Focaccia is used extensively as a sandwich bread outside of Italy.

Focaccia is typically rolled out or pressed by hand into a thick layer of dough and then baked in a stone-bottom or hearth oven. Bakers often puncture the bread with a knife to relieve bubbling on the surface of the bread. Large bubbles may ruin Focaccia as it creates a "pocket" of air and renders the bread useless for sandwiches.

Focaccia can be used as a side to many meals, as a base for pizza or as sandwich bread. source: Focaccia, Wikipedia

I topped the bread with fresh herbs, garlic, kosher salt and tomatoes. The recipe for the dough can be found from the original website or here's a version of mine, with some changes in it.

1/2 tbsp dry active yeast
1/2 tbsp sugar
150 ml warm water
25 ml olive oil ( I didn't have any so I used grapeseed oil instead )
1 tsp salt
240 g bread flour
1 tsp emplex **
1 tsp bread softener **

How to make:

1. Mix yeast, warm water and sugar and set aside until foamy for 5minutes. Add in the oil and salt and 1/2 of the flour into the mixer then gradually add in the remaining flour until a soft dough is formed.
2. Continue mixing until dough is elastic and smooth. In a well oiled bowl, palce the dough and wrap in a clean plastic bag and let rise until double the size for about 1 hour.
3. Punch down the dough and devide to 4 ( I didn't devide it, instead I made 1 big focaccia ) roll out until it's about 1 inch thick ( for softer focaccia ) or 1/2 inch ( for crsipier focaccia )
4. Using the tips of your finger, make some indents on the dough and sprinkle the top pf your dough with the topping of your choice; it can be herbs, cheese, chicken, meat, even fruits.
5.. Bake in a preheated oven of 180deg for 15 minutes. Let the bread cool off a little bit before cutting into smaller pieces. Can be enjoyed just like that or can be made into sandwiches

** optional ingredients

Before going into the oven

Smaller pieces

And to those who's been visiting my fp time and time again, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart I'm sorry if I'm not updating as often.. I've been busy doing my part time job before balik Msia, and by the time I get back I'm usually too tired to browse the net or dropping comments to others. And to those who've always been so nice by leaving lovely comments, thank you You guys never fail to bring a smile to my worn out face at the end of the day

THANKS you guys!!
Will be back with more recipes to share

There are so many blessings in life that we shan't take for granted Feel blessed and be blessed

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