Did you know that the smell you associate with pizza is mainly the smell of yeast? Because I didn't know that. And now I'm obsessed with it.
With everyone making bread while social distancing, I thought I'd give a shout out to the humble focaccia. Arguably the easiest bread to make, it's also delicious and you'll probably eat it all within minutes.
You can essentially add whatever you like to this, but my favourite is with a few herbs sprinkled on top as well as a few pine nuts. But I've tried this with pesto and other toppings before, and it's always good!
3/4 cup warm water
1.5 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsps active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 spring onion, sliced
1/4 red onion, diced
handful of fresh herbs (I used fresh parsley)
1. Grease a shallow square pan with olive oil.
2. Combine yeast and sugar with 2 tbsps of warm water. It's important that the water is warm, not hot. If it's too hot you'll kill your yeast, and if it's cold it won't activate. It should be warm enough to comfortably touch. Let this stand for about ten minutes.
3. Fry off your garlic, onion and spring onion in some oil.
4. Mix everything but the herbs together in a bowl. The mixture should go from being very wet and sticky to forming a ball and only sticking slightly to the sides.
5. Transfer the dough to your greased pan and spread out to the edges of the pan. Cover with a tea towel and let sit for an hour and a half so the dough can rise.
6. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celsius towards the end of the hour and a half.
7. Once dough has risen, make dimples in the surface using your fingers. Drizzle with oil and add your herbs.
8. Bake in the oven for around 35 minutes. The top should be browned when cooked.