Comfort foods don’t come much more delicious than creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes, with a big hint of garlic.
ROSEMARY AND GARLIC FOCACCIA
Easy, versatile and delicious! This focaccia is a family favourite and easy to make for beginners and seasoned bakers alike.
Whether you serve it up with a hearty stew or slice it up to make extra-tasty sandwiches, this easy recipe brings big flavour with little effort – no matter how you eat it!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp 47 Cloves Garlic Granules (equals about 2 garlic cloves)
- 1-2 tsp Rosemary Garlic Salt (plus fresh rosemary to garnish if you have it)
- 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
- ¼ tsp honey (Hill Top Hives Wildflower is our favourite)
- ½ tsp Aussie sea salt
MAKE YOUR DOUGH – SMOOTH & FLAVOURFUL
- In a cold pan, combine the oil, garlic granules, rosemary garlic salt, and a pinch of black pepper over a low heat to cook. Stir this delicious aromatic blend occasionally for 5 to 10 minutes, but stop before the garlic browns! Set aside to cool.
- In a bowl, stir the warm water, yeast and honey just a few times and then set aside for 5 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of flour and ¼ cup of the garlic-oil blend to the yeast and water mixture. Stir a few times – just until the flour has moistened a little. Set aside for another 5 minutes. (The waiting will be worth it!)
- Stir in the sea salt and the rest of the flour. When the dough comes together, throw some flour onto a board and start kneading! Knead about 10 to 15 times or until the dough is nice and smooth.
- Transfer the dough to a big oiled bowl. Wet a tea towel with warm water, rinse it out and use it to cover the bowl. Let it rise for an hour or so, in a warm area of the kitchen if you can!
BAKE YOUR BREAD – GOLDEN & GARLICKY
Time to get baking – brace yourself for a hit of that heavenly herby aroma!
- Heat the oven to a high 230 degrees.
- Use 2 tablespoons of the garlic-oil blend to oil a baking tray – around 9 x 13 inch is good, or whatever you’ve got in the kitchen will work just fine!
- Transfer over the dough and press it down into the tray. Your fingers will make a fine tool for dimpling the dough, then – our favourite part – drizzle the top with the rest of the garlic-oil blend. Spread it evenly and generously, and let the dough rise for 20 minutes or so until it puffs slightly.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until you see that rich golden brown colour we love. Then cool it on a wire rack!
DEVOUR – AND REPEAT!
Sprinkle a little bit of fresh rosemary if you have it, or a pinch of rosemary garlic salt for extra flavour. Dip it into your next soup, stew or plate it up for a carby snack on a cold day for the ultimate comfort food. Enjoy!