Making focaccia yourself is easier than you think. After kneading the dough, immediately place it in the tin and allow to rise for two hours. There is no need to cover it as the olive oil will prevent the dough from drying out. If you want to try something different, sprinkle some finely chopped thyme, rosemary, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and/or olives over the dough before baking.
For the focaccia
- 200 g durum wheat flour
- 200 g wheat flour
- 400 g all-purpose flour
- 7 g dry yeast
- juice of ½ lemon
- 440 ml water
- 7 g salt
- 2 tsp olive oil + extra for greasing
- 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
PREPARATION IN ADVANCE
- Mix together all the flour, the salt, the yeast and the lemon juice with the water in a food processor using a dough hook (or knead by hand). When the dough is thoroughly mixed, add the olive oil. Use the Instant Read Thermometer to check whether the dough has a temperature of 25°C. If the temperature is too low, continue to knead for a bit longer.
- Flatten out the dough, fold the edges towards the middle and brush with olive oil. Turn the dough over so that the fold is facing downwards and brush the other side with olive oil. Fold the edges down to create a nice round ball of dough. Grease the Cast Iron Skillet with olive oil, place the ball of dough in the skillet and flatten the dough. Leave to rise at room temperature for 2 hours. Press the dough down a bit more every half hour so that by the end of the rising time it is spread out over the skillet. Brush the dough with extra olive oil if it becomes dry as it rises.
- Ignite the charcoal in the Big Green Egg about 20 minutes before the end of the rising time. Heat the EGG, with the convEGGtor, the grid and on top of that the Baking Stone, to a temperature of 230°C.
- Moisten your fingers with olive oil and make dents here and there in the top of the focaccia dough. Sprinkle the dough with the coarse sea salt. Put the Cast Iron Skillet on the Baking Stone, close the lid of the EGG and bake the focaccia for approximately 35 minutes until golden brown and done.
- Remove the Cast Iron Skillet from the EGG using the EGGmitt. Remove the focaccia from the skillet and leave to cool.
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