Absolutely easy and no knead focaccia bread flavoured with roasted garlic and rosemary. A must try bread if you are looking for fuss-free, easy, no knead bread. You can also add olives, sundried tomato and other toppings to it.
The last Saturday the weather was gloomy and it was raining. We were in a mood to have some warm soup and bread. I had some fresh rosemary in hand so focaccia was the obvious choice. A simple soft,chewy focaccia with caramelised onion and fresh rosemary and drizzled with lots of olive oil. Simple flavours yet very satisfying.
This no-knead focaccia is one such recipe that I have done N number of times and every time it has amazed me with its lovely texture. I then realised that I haven’t shared this fool proof recipe here with you guys. So before I share the recipe, first let me tell you from where/which source I got this recipe.
My experiments in the kitchen started 5 years back. Even though I used to cook, they always used to be a regular cooking nothing fancy. We got a new microwave sometime in 2012 with all possible latest features then but for months we used to use it only for re-heating. Rest of the features were totally unexplored. The first thing I wanted to try my hands on was baking. I started searching for recipes and that’s how I got introduced to food blogs. After a series of failures, I realised that if I want to bake successfully then I have to know the basics (there is no shortcut to it). I came across few beautiful sites which had easy baking recipes or stepwise recipes. Suma Rowjee’s Cakes and More , Divya’s Easycooking were few such blogs which I used to refer regularly. Divya’s blog has easy and stepwise recipes. Cakes and more has recipes of different difficulty levels.
What I like about Suma’s blog is the clarity with which she explains the steps involved. She has highly informative articles on ‘baking basic’,’how to use a microwave for baking’ and lots more. So if you are a beginner and want to learn basics ( which you should) then I would strongly recommend to go through the posts. After I got comfortable with cakes and cookies , my next obvious target was bread. Her blog has a lot of no-knead bread recipes too. No-Knead Whole Wheat Date & Walnut Mini Buns , No – Knead 100% Whole Wheat Bread – Easy And Quick!, No Knead Focaccia – Super Quick, Easy Easy And Yumm!! are few of my absolute favourites and I have baked them N number of times.
Coming to this focaccia recipe, the one on Suma’s blog is an Indianised version. Bursting flavours from coconut milk, methi, green chilli , hing makes the bread irresistible. I have done that version too. This time, because I had some fresh rosemary I went for classic flavours.
Except the spice rest of the recipe is same as her’s. Find the original recipe here
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- all purpose flour 1.5 cups + 2 tbsps All
- water 1/2 cup warm
- Coconut Milk 1/4 cup ( you can substitute with water)
- salt 3/4 sometimes
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- active dry yeast 1.5 tspn
- Olive Oil 1.5 tbsps (extra oil for greasing the pans)
- olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons for drizzling on the top
- garlic 1 tsp minced
- rosemary 1 sprig , chopped
- rosemary More to sprinkle on top
- sea salt optional ( I did not use any) Coarse to sprinkle on top
- Grease a 9-inch pan generously with oil. ( I have used my 8 inch Lodge Cast Iron pan. It gives a beautiful crust to the bread).
- Warm 1.5 tablespoon olive oil and add chopped garlic . Let it cook for sometime until golden brown in color.
- If you are using active dry yeast, proof the yeast in 2 tbsp warm water,sugar and yeast. Let it stand for 10 mins then proceed with subsequent steps.
- Mix everything except the toppings in a big mixing bowl. Beat 20 times using a wooden spoon.
- Transfer dough to the greased pan.With greased hands push the dough to the edges. Cover the pan and let it rise for 1 - 1.5 hours. The dough might not double but it should look puffy.
- Towards the end of the rise period pre-heat oven 190 degree celsius.
- Make dimples with greased fingers. Drizzle rest 1.5 tbsp oil on top. Sprinkle sea salt and few sprigs of rosemary. Bake for 35- 40 minutes.
- The top would look light golden brown in colour and the bottom should sound whole when tapped. ( It should read between 200-210F on an instant read thermometer. I don't have one though).
- Serve warm with some soup or stew.