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EASY FOCACCIA WITH PESTO

PREP TIME: 10 minutes + 45 minutes resting
COOK TIME: 25 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes

This simple no-knead Focaccia recipe is easy enough for the novice bread baker. Added pesto gives this classic a delicious twist!

Serves: 8-10

INGREDIENTS:

3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 packet Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups water

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

2 tablespoons pesto

1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Coat a 13×9 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, dry yeast, sugar, and salt until combined.

In a 2-cup glass measuring cup OR microwave-safe bowl, combine water and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F). (It took me 4 cycles.) Add to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Spread the dough into the greased pan. Cover with a towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Using a lightly oiled finger, gently poke holes about every inch in the dough going nearly to the bottom of the dough. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; then loosen up the pesto and gently spread it over the top, followed by sprinkling the Parmesan cheese. Let rise, uncovered, an additional 15 minutes while oven preheats to 375°F.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. Cut and serve with extra oil for dipping, if desired.


Source: http://bellyfull.net/2014/12/11/easy-focaccia-with-pesto-recipe/