F is for Focaccia for The Kids Cook Monday

Bread making is such a wonderful sensory, hands on activity for children. Mixing and kneading the dough are great physical experiences for children to do and seeing the dough rise can seem quite magical.

I tend to use my bread maker for traditional loaves of bread as they tend to involve a lot of waiting. This focaccia recipe, however, has similar steps but much shorter kneading and rising times which makes it perfect for cooking with children. It is also a very versatile recipe that can altered by adding other flavours such as fresh rosemary, caramelised onion, orange, tomatoes, olives or garlic.

Basic Focaccia

Serves 8
Download a free printable recipe card for this recipe here.

2 cups (300g) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons dried yeast
1/4 cup (20g) finely grated parmesan
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup (250ml) warm water
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil, extra
1 tablespoon parmesan, extra

1.  Lightly grease a baking tray.

Basic Focaccia
Measuring dry ingredients is a great skill for young children to practice.
Basic Focaccia
Bear measuring the dried yeast. We store it in the fridge to keep it fresh.

Basic Focaccia
Bear measuring the parmesan cheese.
2. Sift flour and table salt into a large bowl and stir in yeast and cheese.

Basic Focaccia
Use a regular dinner spoon or a small wooden spoon to mix the dough.

3. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in oil and water.

4. Mix to form a soft dough.

Basic Focaccia
Basic Focaccia
Dough ready to rest and rise.  Cue craft activity to keep children busy!

5. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
6. Place dough onto tray and press into a 24cm round or medium rectangle shape.
7. Cover dough with greased plastic wrap and stand in a warm place for about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.
8. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

Basic Focaccia
(Tag team children for photos!)
9. Remove plastic wrap and using your fingers press indents all over dough.

Basic Focaccia
10. Sprinkle dough with sea salt and extra parmesan cheese and drizzle with extra olive oil.
11. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.

Basic Focaccia
Delicious Homemade Focaccia

No comments:

Post a Comment