Bacon Focaccia

Bacon Focaccia

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup warm water (105º-115º)
  • 1¼ tsp. dry rapid rising yeast
  • 1½ Tbsp. olive oil, plus additional for drizzling and coating baking sheet
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 strips of precooked bacon, crumbled

Instructions

  1. In a mixer bowl, combine flour and salt; set aside. In another bowl, combine warm water and yeast; stir. Let stand until yeast has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Whisk in olive oil. Add yeast mixture to flour and mix with an electric mixer on low speed for about 2 minutes.
  2. Remove dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead until a smooth ball of dough forms. Place dough in a bowl; cover and let rise 1-1½ hours or until doubled.
  3. Generously oil baking sheet. Place dough on sheet pressing and stretching dough with oiled fingers to about 8 x 8 inch square. Pierce the dough with a fork at 1-inch intervals; drizzle lightly with additional olive oil. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  4. Bake until golden, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 425 degrees.
  5. Top bread with basil leaves, shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon. Bake in oven for 6-10 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut into squares to serve.

Notes

Equipment Needed:

Measuring cups and spoons, Bowls, Mixer bowl, Whisk, Electric mixer, Towel to cover dough, Baking sheet, Fork, Cheese grater

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