Happy Hour - 5 Minute Rosemary Focaccia
Is it time for Happy Hour already?
This time of year, Happy Hours are few and far between. Taxi Mom is off to softball practice, lacrosse games, band concerts, and movie dates. Not one to be deterred by my change in schedule, I try to fit in a Happy Hour when I can. As the famous Happy Hour supporter Jimmy Buffet sings, "It's 5 o'clock somewhere."
I picked up a copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking. It has changed my life. At least in the bread making sense if there is such a thing. With a little prep ahead time (my new motto for getting food on the table for my family) I can actually have freshly baked bread for dinner, er... Happy Hour tonight.
The first recipe I tried was Rosemary Focaccia. A couple minutes of mixing and then the dough was stored in the refrigerator until I was ready to bake it. A basic recipe makes enough for 4 loaves. When baking time rolls around, a grapefruit size piece is used to form the loaf of your choice. 20 minutes in the oven and fresh, hot bread is ready to serve.
The authors of the book, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois, have a website chalk full of recipes, upcoming events, and reviews on their innovative bread baking technique. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
My Middle One is the most excited about my new love of bread baking. If left to her own limited dietary choices, she would exist on noodles, bread, rice, butter, and water. She has recently added a vegetable to her repertoire - pepperoncinis. I think she is practicing to be on Survivor someday.
As an appetizer, I serve the focaccia in on large piece. We tear off a pieces and dip in Seasoned Olive Oil or Fresh Marinara Sauce.
Pour a glass of wine and get your Happy Hour on.
Seasoned Olive Oil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with foccacia.