How To Make Rosemary Focaccia

Learn how to make rosemary focaccia.

Learn how to make rosemary focaccia.

Focaccia is a popular Italian yeast bread that is often compared to pizza since they are both flat breads. However, unlike pizza, focaccia is more about the bread than about the toppings- although it does pair well with a variety of toppings. At Giolitti Deli, we sell amazing focaccia, but it is also fun to make your own bread at home! Continue reading to learn how to make rosemary focaccia and how to serve it.

Rosemary Focaccia Recipe

To make your rosemary focaccia that yields eight servings, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 (7-gram) packet active dry yeast
  • 5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 8 rosemary branches (or to taste)
  • Cornmeal
  • Coarse sea salt, kosher or flaked salt

Start by dissolving the yeast in a ½ cup of warm water in a small bowl and let stand ten minutes, then add two tablespoons of the oil. Next, get a large bowl and combine the flour and salt. Strip and chop the leaves from five of the rosemary branches and stir into the flour. Add the yeast mixture and 1 ¼ cups of water, then stir until the dough becomes too stiff to stir. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Shape the dough into a ball, transfer to a large oiled bowl, and cover with a damp cloth. Place the dough in a warm place and allow it to rise for two hours.

After two hours, transfer the dough to a floured surface. Using your fingertips, press dough out to form a 12-inch circle, then transfer to a baker’s peel or inverted baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for another hour.

Put a pizza stone in the oven and preheat oven to 400° F. Whisk together the remaining three tablespoons of oil and one tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Remove the cloth from the dough and dimple dough with your fingertips, then brush with oil-and-water emulsion. Arrange small springs of rosemary from remaining three branches over the dough and sprinkle with salt. Slide dough onto the pizza stone and bake until golden- about 30 minutes- and enjoy!

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How To Eat Focaccia

Focaccia can be served in a variety of ways- as a side for soup or salad, as a sandwich, as an open-face baked pizza, and more! Making an open-faced focaccia sandwich is similar to making pizza– put your chosen toppings of meats, cheese, vegetables, and sauce on the bread either before baking or after baking. The best way to construct your sandwich is to place a layer of a spread such as mayo or pesto on the bread, then vegetables and meats, then top with cheese so it melts and holds everything together.

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!

Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!

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