I was sitting at home on my day off last week and thinking to myself, what am I going to make my daughter and I for lunch. I had the ingredients to make sandwiches, but no bread. Sure most normal people would have then gone to shops and bought some bread and made sandwiches, but I am no normal person! So being the strange guy I am, I decided to make bread. Then I realized I had no yeast… Well what do you do? You make yeast free oregano and Parmesan focaccia!
- 300 g of plain white flour (plus extra for kneading the dough)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 200 ml water
- Parmesan cheese (for grating over the top at the end)
- olive oil
1. Pre-heat your oven to 220 c. Then sift your flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add in your oregano, salt and black pepper.
2. After you mix the dry ingredients together you can slowly pour in your water until your dough starts to come away from the sides of the bowl and forms a crumbly ball.
3. Sprinkle some flour over a clean bench area and get to kneading your dough until it has all come together and the dough is softer and more elastic.
4. Grab your self a baking tray, or you can use a skillet like I did. and lightly oil the base. At this point, depending on what you want to do. You could split the dough in two and make smaller individual focaccias or you can make one big one. I split mine and made individual portions for our lunch!
5. take your dough and place it into the tray or skillet. Dip your fingers into a small bowl of olive oil and then massage the bread with the tips of your fingers to the corners/edges of the pan or skillet until it is roughly half an inch thick. The oil helps give a nice crusty and glossy finish to the bread.
6. place the focaccia into your pre-heated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove and sprinkle your Parmesan cheese over the top. Return it to the oven and cook for a further 5 – 10 minutes until the top is golden brown.
7. Remove your focaccia after it has browned and allow to cool slightly before eating.
I made a massive focaccia sandwich, just like I would have had back in Sydney. Unfortunately Tokyo is lacking decent sandwich shops, so, us foreigners and sandwich lovers have to make do!
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be tweaked! Instead of oregano and Parmesan you could use basil and sun-dried tomatoes. Or olives and feta cheese! Go nuts! NUTS! you could even add nuts! Basically have fun with it. And, the recipe is so simple you can get the kids involved! Have fun with it!