Baking Bread Recipe | Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

1 cup water
2 Tablespoons butter , softened
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4- 2 2/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground garlic salt
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1/3 cup asiago , parmesan, or romano cheese

  • Heat water until warm (about 105-115 degrees. The way I check my water when making yeast breads is by testing the water on the inside of my wrist like you would a baby's bottle. The water should feel just warm and comfortable, not hot.
  • Pour the water into a large bowl and add yeast, stirring with a fork until it dissolves in. Add to this 2 1/4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons of very soft butter, and the salt. Mix until a soft dough forms, then turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough with a push turn method, dusting with flour when needed to keep the dough from sticking to the surface. While kneading the dough, add in additional flour about a tablespoon at a time or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. This should take about 5-10 minutes of kneading. Place the dough into an oiled bowl and cover greased plastic wrap. Let the dough rest 10 minutes.
  • After resting, place the dough onto a greased baking sheet. Using your hands, pat the dough into about a 12 inch circle. Cover again with greased plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (about 30-45 minutes.)
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