Focaccia is one of the easiest breads to make and it's made even simpler and faster using the Thermomix! The wet dough is poured into lined pan so there is very little dough left behind. Make pretty patterns with the odds and ends of your crisper ingredients!
Can I use a sourdough starter instead of yeast? Yes! Sourdough starter is ideal for this slow rise focaccia as it can take longer than instant dried yeast to rise. Please use 50g/1.7ozs during summer and 100g/3.5ozs during winter (the dough needs a bit more of a boost during cooler weather).
Decorative Focaccia Using a Thermomix
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 1 hour resting
Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 500g/1.1lbs. plain flour
- 500ml/16.9flozs. lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon/6g salt
- 2 teaspoons/7g instant dried yeast OR 50-100g (1.7-3.5ozs) sourdough starter (see note below)
- 150ml/5flozs. extra virgin olive oil, divided in half
- Cherry tomatoes, pitted olives, green onion, red onion to decorate
If you are using a sourdough starter, please use 50g/1.7ozs during summer and 100g/3.5ozs during winter
After the 20 second mix
Step 1 - Line a large, deepish (at least an inch deep) 30x40cm or 12x16inch tray with parchment. Add the salt and water to the Thermomix and set the temperature to 37C. Heat for 2 minutes on speed 2.5. Add the flour and yeast to the bowl and set to speed 5 and mix 20sec. Then set to knead 3 minutes. It will be a very wet dough.
After the kneading
Step 2 - Pour half of the olive oil onto the base of the prepared tin and spread to the sides with a brush. Pour the bread dough over the oil in the tray and spread to the sides with a spatula. Brush with remaining oil. Cover with another larger tray and then a cloth. Allow to rise in a warm area for 1 hour.
Step 3 - Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Make a pattern with the vegetables. Bake for 20 minutes and then bake at 200C/400F for 10 minutes.