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Tomato and fresh herb focaccia

Serves 6-8
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Nothing smells better than freshly made bread, and this homemade focaccia is taken up a notch with the flavours of fresh herbs and sweet, lightly roasted cherry tomatoes! Best eaten warm, this will be your new go-to bread recipe. 

Ingredients

Method

  • 320ml lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp caster sugar 
  • 2 ½ tsp instant yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups high grade flour
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped rosemary 
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped parsley 
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes 
 
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  1. In a small bowl or jug, combine the water and caster sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the water, stir lightly, and leave to sit for 5-10 minutes or until foamy. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture into the bowl, along with ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil and the chopped herbs.
  3. Knead by hand or on a low to medium speed, until the mixture forms a soft dough ball. Increase the speed, and knead for 5-10 minutes or until smooth and stretchy. 
  4. Transfer the dough to a clean, oiled bowl. Cover, and leave to proof for around 1 hour or until doubled in size. 
  5. Preheat your oven to 210 degrees celsius fan bake. Tip the proofed dough into an oiled, ovenproof dish or lined tray. Using your hands, press the dough into a round or rectangular shape around 2-3cm thick, or to the shape of the baking dish. 
  6. Press the cherry tomatoes into the surface of the dough, then sprinkle over the remaining chopped herbs. Drizzle with olive oil, then place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped on the surface. 
  7. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before carving, season with sea salt and serve. 
 
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