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Easy Vegan Focaccia Bread

ginamichele
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 Packet Active dry yeast 2 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 1/3 Cups Water Heater to 110-115 degrees Farenheit
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil plus more for drizzling

Instructions
 

  • Mix the yeast, water, and sugar in a large bowl. The ideal water temperature for yeast is 110 to 115 (use a candy thermometer to ensure correct temperature).¬†Water temperature is very important. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast and it won't rise. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add the flour and olive oil and stir until dough is shaggy.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth. Shape it into a ball and place it into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover it with a dish towel and place it in a warm location. Since it's summer, I left my bowl on the kitchen counter, but you can also put it in the oven with only the oven light on. Leave the dough for 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out until it is approximately 1/2 inch thick. Leave the shape as it or cut it into a rectangle or circle.
  • The next step is to dimple the dough. ¬†Creating holes reduces the air in the dough and prevents the bread from rising too quickly. You can use your fingers, or the end of a wooden spoon. Garnish your bread with red onion, herbs and/or tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
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