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Chilli & Garlic Focaccia


  • 18g Fresh yeast

  • 1/4 cup Water (warm)

  • a pinch Sugar

  • 2 1/4 cupsWater (warm)

  • a pinch Salt

  • 1/4 cup Olive oil

  • 8 cups Flour (half bread flour, half all purpose)

  • Topping

  • 2 tsp Sea salt

  • 3 cloves Garlic sliced

  • 1 tsp Dried chilli

  • 2 tbsp Rosemary

  • 250ml Cream – optional


  • 1.

    Dissolve the yeast with the first measure of water and a pinch of sugar. Leave for twenty minutes under a cloth to allow the yeast to activate.

  • 2.

    Add the remaining flour, water, pinch of salt and olive oil. Knead into a smooth dough for 10 minutes or 5 minutes on a low speed with a dough hook on a machine. The dough should be soft, smooth and elastic.

  • 3.

    Cover with a cloth and allow to rise doubling its size. This will take approximately 45 minutes depending on the temperature and humidity.

  • 4.

    Knock it back and spread out onto an oiled tray using the tips of your fingers to knead indentations or dimples into the dough’s surface.

  • 5.

    Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil, rosemary, chilli flakes, garlic slices.

  • 6.

    Allow to rise again until it has doubled in volume for a further 45 minutes.

  • 7.

    Bake in a hot oven 200C for 30 minutes or until the focaccia is golden. Pour the cream over the surface of the dough and bake for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

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Posted by Himanshu2Report
I made this...n was good. I put in plenty of olive oil but the bread was little dry. Any suggestion?
Posted by Cooking_LoverReport
cant wait to try this! looks delicious
Posted by Melissa201Report
Yummo, I tried this bread in the 40 degree heat on sat, crazy I know, and after the first rise in the car it was starting to go crispy on the outside, cooking???. After some time time in the "oven" it was demolished by 3 hungry boys my husband and myself, an interesting lunchtime treat for a scorching hot day! Thankyou for the inspiration and perspiration!!
Posted by Melissa201Report
Can't wait to try this, this weekend, I use a my car parked in hot sun in the driveway to rise my bread so bring on the sunshine!
Posted by Rebecca84Report
cant wait to try