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Thyme Focaccia and Parmesan Focaccia

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Category: Sandwiches, Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 2 Active (1/4-ounce packages)
  • -dry yeast
  • 1 ts Sugar
  • 2 c Warm water (105ø-115ø f.)
  • 1 tb Table salt about
  • 5 1/2 c All-purpose flour (about)
  • 1/3 c Olive oil
  • 2 ts Minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tb Cornmeal
  • 1/2 c Coarsely grated parmesan
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • -for sprinkling

 Directions

In a standing electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment beat together
yeast, sugar, and water and let stand 5 minutes, or until foamy. In a bowl
stir together table salt and 5 cups flour. Stir oil into yeast mixture.
With motor on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to yeast mixture. With
dough hook knead dough 2 minutes, or until soft and slightly sticky.

Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead in enough remaining flour to
form a soft but not sticky dough. Form dough into a ball and put in an
oiled large bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let
dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Knead thyme
into one half and knead plain half 1 minute. Form each half into an oval
and invert bowl over them. Let dough rest 5 minutes for easier rolling.

Preheat oven to 450ø F.

Oil two 13- by 9-inch baking pans and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon
cornmeal. On lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin roll out
dough halves into 13- by 9-inch rectangles and fit into pans. Cover each
pan with a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled
in bulk, about 20 minutes.

Sprinkle plain dough with Parmesan and sprinkle both doughs with coarse
salt and pepper. With lightly oiled fingertips make indentations, about 1/2
inch deep and 1 inch apart, all over dough rectangles and bake in middle of
oven 12 minutes, or until golden. Remove focaccia from pans and cool on
racks. Makes 1 thyme focaccia and 1 Parmesan focaccia.

If you need only one focaccia, freeze the other for later use. Focaccia
keeps, frozen, 2 weeks.

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