A few years ago, our Kansas City tribe misplaced one in every of our finest — our Cammie — to the Wild Wild West (of Denver, obvs ?) the position she went to cross dwell along with her love. It was a wild and tremendous move, and we’re all grateful that it labored out for the best, but we nonetheless miss her round proper proper here like crazy.
BUT. I’ve gotta say that — additional than anybody else I understand — Cammie additional than makes up for her absence by being the freaking finest organizer of our vintage chums each one time she makes a typical go to to town. Seriously, I really sense just like the lady organizes additional completely glad hours than any of our friends, and she doesn’t even dwell proper proper here anymore! ? But what’s even higher is that she organizes get-togethers at people’s houses. So about every week earlier than her arrival, we are able to at all times rely on a textual content from Cammie announcing that she’s wanting a house. And then certain enough, she at all times follows via and does all of the legwork rallying everybody collectively and planning a meal, after which — voila — a good time collectively with at all times ensues.
(Oh, and bonus — Cammie is perhaps my pal who loves ALDI even additional than I do. So I can at all times rely on her to present up with a grocery bag filled with latest unearths that we are able to oooh and ahhhh and “omg-I-love-that-cheese-too!” together.)
This previous Friday night, I ended up being the fortunate hostess of a last-minute completely glad hour that Cammie pulled collectively when she decided to come to city on the final minute. I was feeling pooped after a lengthy work week that afternoon, making an attempt to rally for the night ahead. But the moment that each one one of our girlfriends began displaying up, and the hugs and hellos have been handed around, and the wine glasses began being filled, and all of us crammed up our plates with warm Italian lentil soup and Caesar salad and and freshly-baked focaccia bread, and relaxed again into our chairs round the desk — I couldn’t have been happier. I love those chums of mine so much. And oh my gosh, I was reminded how I love our conversations about everything from well wines to magic realism to Mahershala Ali to Facebook ads for creepy earthquake beds (seriously, YouTube them) to Barcelona to skincare to Jeff Sessions and additional so much. And oh my gosh, I snigger with them till my cheeks damage so much.
So a lot love for this crew. ?
Anyway, suffice it to say, it was yet one other memorable nighttime time method to our fearless organizer. And it also ended up being a excellent meal, method to this ultra-easy soup recipe, my favourite Costco kale salad, tons of delicious ALDI cheese and crackers, and this ultra-comforting rosemary focaccia bread recipe, which I can’t appear to cease making lately.
Like, seriously. I made this bread three instances final week, and nonetheless cherished each one final chew of it. ?
I mean, let’s be real, I endlessly and at all times love simply about any bread that’s served warm and recent proper out of the oven. But there’s anything additional magical about warm, comforting, decadent focaccia bread. Especially this recipe, which is kicked up a most important notch with plenty of recent rosemary, additional drizzles of olive oil, and a beneficiant sprinkle of flaked sea salt. Oh my heavens, it heavily is all of my bread goals come true.
And the finest part?
It’s so fundamental to make!
The dough for this focaccia bread recipe is fundamental to make, and tastes so delicious when baked as a lot as golden perfection.
Just whip up a fundamental batch of dough. (Trust me, even when you’re new to running with yeast, the lessons beneath will stroll you via each one and each one step. You’ve got this!) Then as soon as it has risen, after which proofed, after which been rolled out onto a baking sheet…
Seriously the BEST recipe for do-it-yourself focaccia! It’s sprinkled with plenty of recent rosemary and sea salt, drizzled with yummy olive oil, and baked to golden perfection.
…use your fingers to poke the heck out of the dough (which creates yummy little wallet for the olive oil to pool, and in addition prevents your dough from growing too excessive whereas baking). Then drizzle plenty of olive oil on top, and sprinkle the dough with recent rosemary leaves and flaked sea salt. Bake it for about 20 minutes, or till everything’s well and golden.
This delicious Rosemary Focaccia Bread is ideal for any well Italian dinner!
Then supply it onnnnnne additional wholesome drizzle of olive oil, for well measure. Slice it up…serve…
Seriously the BEST focaccia bread recipe I even have ever tried! And or not it’s exceptionally fundamental to make.
Seriously, I haven’t had this many requests from chums (and from Barclay) for a recipe to present up on the weblog in awhile. So with out added ado, proper proper here it is! Hope which you simply take pleasure in it as a lot as we did, and desire which you simply possibly can share it with a few of your favourite of us too. ?
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Yield: 8-12 servings
1 1/3 cup warm water (about 110°F*)
2 teaspoons sugar or honey
1 (0.25 ounce) package deal deal active-dry yeast
3 1/2 cups all objective flour
1/4 cup additional virgin olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
2 teaspoons flaked sea salt
2 sprigs recent rosemary
flaked sea salt
Add warm water (*about 110°F, which you possibly can degree with a thermometer for those who desire to be certain it’s the proper temp) and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough attachment, and stir to combine. Sprinkle the yeast on higher of the water. Give the yeast a quickly stir to blend it in with the water. Then allow it sit for 5-10 minute till the yeast is foamy.
Turn the mixer onto low speed, and upload steadily flour, olive oil and salt. Increase velocity to medium-low, and preserve blending the dough for 5 minutes. (If the dough is simply too sticky and isn’t pulling clear of the facets of the bowl, upload in an additional 1/4 cup flour whereas or not it’s mixing.)
Remove dough from the blending bowl, and use your fingers to form it proper into a ball. Grease the blending bowl (or a separate bowl) with olive oil or cooking spray, then position the dough ball again within the bowl and disguise it with a humid towel. Place in a warm area (I set mine by the window) and allow it rise for 45-60 minutes, or till the dough has almost doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and roll it out proper into a big circle or rectangle till that the dough is ready 1/2-inch thick*. Cover the dough with a greased piece of plastic wrap, and allow the dough preserve to rise for one other 20 minutes.
Remove the plastic wrap, and move the dough to a big baking sheet. Use your fingers to poke deep dents (seriously, poke all of the method down to the baking sheet!) throughout the floor of the dough. Then drizzle a tablespoon or NULL of olive oil calmly throughout the higher of the dough, and sprinkle calmly with the recent rosemary needles and sea salt.
Bake for 20 minutes, or till the dough is quite golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven, and drizzle with a bit bit additional olive oil if desired.