I have already expressed to you my love for baking bread. But it is a long process and I don't have a lot of time.
There is the kneading and the waiting, the bulking and the punching. I don't have time for that mess. Do you?
But, I have discovered Focaccia Bread! It isn't just for snobby little downtown bistros. It does require a little kneading and a little waiting, but it takes a fraction of the time a loaf of bread would take.
It is so simple and you use few ingredients and it makes a delicious bread.
What you'll need:
1 teaspoon honey (or sugar)
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
In a small bowl dissolve your yeast in the warm water and add in your honey and let sit for 2-3 minutes.
In a larger bowl combine the yeast mixture with your flour.
Flour a clean surface and knead for about 2 minutes.
Spray a bowl with cooking spray and place your dough in the bowl. Roll it around to make sure it is coated with Pam. Cover with a dark, wet cloth and let sit for about 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375. Roll the dough out onto a floured pan and poke little dents in the top of the dough with the handle of a wooden spoon. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and dried onion, herbs or garlic salt.
Bake 10 - 20 minutes