Garlic and Onion Focaccia Bread

Posted on October 16 2014

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Here is another version of bread wedges.  The garlic and onion give a nice twist to traditional wedges and with Halloween just around the corner I decided to make it fun and find a couple young helpers to assist me in turning them into Monsters.  This recipe also makes a great pizza dough.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 cups flour ( I used fresh ground)
  • 1 tbsp. wheat gluten if using fresh milled flour.
  • 2  tbsp. instant yeast

Pour water, onion, garlic, oil into bowl along with salt and sugar.  With the mixer at approx. 2 o’clock on the speed dial slowly add about 1/3 of the flour and then the yeast.  Continue adding the rest of the flour till a smooth soft dough.  May need to adjust the flour according the type used till you have a soft dough. Once all ingredients are well blended turn up your speed to about 4 o’clock and set time for 8 minutes.  Then cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Topping:

This is where you can use your imagination or something as simple as olive oil and oregano.    Here is the recipe I used tonight though I often vary according to who I am serving it to.  Grated old cheddar is often nice but with doing the Monsters parmesan was easier to work with.

  • 1 cup Italian Pourable Dressing
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Horse radish (I like the extra kick it gives the topping) but this as well as other toppings should be to your taste preferences.

Once dough has risen the 30 minutes divide into desired number of crusts.  Shape crusts and brush a portion of the topping on crust.   Allow to rise about 20 minutes and bake in a 375 degree oven for 16 minutes or till golden around the edges.  Enjoy.

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