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Herb garden focaccia

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This light and easy to make focaccia, flavoured with herbs from the garden, is the perfect choice for relaxed, alfresco dining. Make this recipe your own by changing the herbs or adding olives.

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  • Skill level:medium

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Ingredients

  • 500g 17⅝ oz Strong white bread flour (we use Allinson) Strong white bread flour
  • 7g ⅜ oz Easy bake yeast (we use Allinson) Easy bake yeast
  • 10g ½ oz Sea salt extra for sprinkling
  • 325ml 11 fl oz Warm water
  • 1tsp 1tsp Olive oil plus extra for coating
  • 2 2 Rocket handfuls of leaves
  • 2tsp 2tsp Thyme leaves finely chopped
  • 2tsp 2tsp Rosemary leaves finely chopped
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Basil leaves shredded

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  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Mix the flour, yeast, salt and water in a bowl until a dough starts to form, then add in the olive oil.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 500g 17⅝ oz Strong white bread flour (we use Allinson) Strong white bread flour
    • 7g ⅜ oz Easy bake yeast (we use Allinson) Easy bake yeast
    • 10g ½ oz Sea salt extra for sprinkling
    • 325ml 11 fl oz Warm water
    • 1tsp 1tsp Olive oil plus extra for coating
  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Turn the dough out onto a clean worksurface. Knead until smooth and silky, this can take up to 10 minutes. The dough should gently spring back when pressed.

  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Lightly oil a bowl and place the dough in it, cover the bowl with clingfilm or a clean tea towel. Leave it in warm place until it has risen to double in size. This can take 45 minutes.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    When doubled in size, turn onto the worksurface and gently press into a rustic rectangle or individual rolls. Transfer to a lightly oiled baking tray. Re-cover and set aside in a warm place for 15 – 20 minutes to rise.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Pre-heat an oven to 220°C (200°C fan, gas mark 7)

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Once ready to bake, toss the rocket in a little olive oil and press it into the dough making thumb marks all over the dough. Sprinkle over your selection of herbs and sea salt.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 2 2 Rocket handfuls of leaves
    • 2tsp 2tsp Thyme leaves finely chopped
    • 2tsp 2tsp Rosemary leaves finely chopped
    • 1tbsp 1tbsp Basil leaves shredded
    • 10g ½ oz Sea salt extra for sprinkling
  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Place the baking tray in the centre of the pre-heated oven and cook the bread for 10 minutes, then turn the oven temperature down to 190°C (170°C fan, gas mark 5) and leave the bread to cook for a further 10 – 15 minutes until risen and golden brown.

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Cool on a wire rack.