To Parmesan & Herbs Focaccia Bread

Who doesn’t like bread? There is a worldwide understanding that bread is delicious. I’ve been wanting to make my own Focaccia for a while and today seemed like a good day to put my Kitchen-Aid’s dough hook to use.I dipped it with a bit of marinara sauce and it was like I had been transported back to Italy – bliss!

Ingredients:

1-1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp white sugar

1-1/2 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp dried basilfew shakes of crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 pinch ground black pepper

1-1/2 tsp vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.

When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Cheers

n

To Beer Bread

Possible due to my gracious housemate Roxanne who gave me a bottle of beer (:

Extremely simple

Ingredients:
12 oz. bottle of beer
3 cups self-rising flour
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter (optional)

Directions:
Mix the first three together
Pour into a greased bread loaf pan and bake at 375 for 58 min
Pull from the oven and brush with the melted butter and put back in for another 2 min – let cool and remove from pan – Voila! Beer bread that all love!

Cheers

n