Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia Bread

This bread is a new take on the 1 Hour Focaccia Bread.  We mixed it up a little bit by adding rosemary and thyme into the dough when we were making it and let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC!  One of the best things about this bread is that it only takes about 1 hour make from start to finish!  It comes out crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside making it perfect to snack on with a glass of wine or with some homemade spaghetti!

This is my take on the original recipe by Crunchy, Creamy Sweet found here.

[What you need]

For the Dough:
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 packet dry active yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups bread flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried thyme

For the Topping:
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried rosemary

2 teaspoons garlic powder
pinch of kosher salt

[What to do]

Mix warm water and sugar in a stand mixer until the sugar is dissolved.  Then add in the yeast and and stir a few times to combine.  Let it all sit in the stand mixer until the yeast becomes foamy (about 5 minutes)

Then add your salt and 1 cup of the bread flour and mix with your mixer on a medium-low setting until combined.  Then add in your olive oil, rosemary, and thyme while mixing.  Slowly add the rest of the flour until the dough forms a ball and comes off the sides of the the bowl.

While you are adding the last of the flour to the dough, preheat your oven to 220.  When it hits 220, turn it off but leave the oven door closed.

Place the dough on a floured surface and kneed a few times until smooth and no longer sticky.  Lightly oil a cast iron skillet with olive oil to coat the inside of it and then stretch the dough to fill it.  Cover with a dish towel and place in the warm oven for 20 minutes to rise.

While the dough is rising in the oven, in a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the topping (it should be a thick consistency)

Remove the pan from the oven and preheat your oven to 400.  Using a spoon, spoon half of the topping mixture over the dough.  Next use your fingers to poke holes in the dough to leave indentations.

Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until it looks a golden color. Remove from the oven and top with the rest of the topping mixture.

Slice up and enjoy while it's warm!

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