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Italian Flatbread (Focaccia)

Great crusty, flavorful breads are not out of your reach anymore! This herb filled bread, can be used to make sandwiches, cheese toast, croutons, topped with slow-roasted tomatoes or bruschetta, used to dip with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or even as a pizza crust.

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Italian Flatbread (Focaccia)
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Serves: 12
Great crusty, flavorful breads are not out of your reach anymore!
Ingredients
YEAST MIXTURE
  • 2½ tsp dry yeast (8g packet)
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp agave or honey
WET INGREDIENTS
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp vinegar
DRY INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup bean flour
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ¾ tsp dried rosemary
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
PREPARE PAN
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp GF cornmeal
SPICES TO TOP DOUGH
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ - 1 tsp coarse salt
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives, optional
Instructions
  1. In mixing bowl add water and agave, mix well, then sprinkle the yeast evenly over top of surface. Wait 10 minutes for yeast to activate.
  2. Add remaining wet ingredients, mix, then add in all of dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Turn out dough onto brown rice floured surface, and knead in about ½ cup more flour.
  4. Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan and sprinkle it with corn meal, spread the dough evenly out onto it. Make the surface 'bumpy' so the spices will have spaces to get trapped in. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot for about half an hour.
  5. Brush the remaining olive oil on top of risen dough and dust with salt and spices. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Notes
For pizza crust: use a prepared pizza pan, or a baking sheet to spread dough out into a thin crust.

Use this Italian Flat Bread to top with: Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, BruschettaBlack Olive Tempanade, Cheddar & Scallion Cheese Toast, top with Marinara Sauce for a flavorful thin crust pizza, or make into Croutons.

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9 Responses to Italian Flatbread (Focaccia)

  1. Nancy January 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    What could u use instead of bean flour we don't have that here please help me.

  2. Dotti March 30, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    I cannot wait to make this bread!

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley March 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      I hope you like it as much as I do!

  3. Debbie April 7, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    I do not want to use yeast as I am trying to rid my child of it. Do I have have to use it to get a good tasting bread and the right consistency? also how do I figure out the nutritional value of the bread? Do you have a receipt for a grain free bread?

    • Angie Halten (Admin)
      Angie Halten (Admin) April 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Yeast gives bread better rising, and gluten free bread needs all the help it can get! You can omit it and replace it with this yeast substitute. Let me know how it turns out! If you look under our Recipes tab in Breads and More, you'll find a number of bread recipes. Per slice (12 servings): 117 calories, 4.8g fat, 16.3.g carbs, 2.4g protein

  4. Consuelo April 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Do you have this recipe in Spanish.

    Thank you

    • Angie Halten (Admin)
      Angie Halten (Admin) April 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      No, I'm sorry we don't have spanish

  5. Phyllis May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    My daughters and I really enjoy fococcia. The recipe seems very easy to follow. It will be quite rewarding o be able to make my own.

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