Yum!! Fresh baked bread is always delicious, but have you tried the schiacciata all'olio found in Italy? It is generally quite oily but that just adds to its goodness. It is definitely hard to not indulge in a piece by itself as an afternoon snack as you walk through the streets of Florence and catch a whiff as you pass the bakery - if you aren't in Florence, how about trying it at home? :)
Serves: mmm... more than one if anyone else in the house is fast enough to catch a piece ;-).
- 250 ml of warm water - about 1 cup
- 25 gr dry yeast - about 1 tsp
- 450 gr flour - about 3 cups
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 70 ml extra-virgin olive oil - about 1/4 cup, plus more for drizzling on top
- sea salt to sprinkle on top
- In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes while it reactivates.
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, olive oil and dissolved yeast. Knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Place in oiled bowl, cover and let rest in warm spot for about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
- Oil a wide baking pan and spread out the dough with your fingers across the entire pan. With your fingers, make dents on the surface and then drizzle olive oil on top, then sprinkle sea salt. Let rest for about 30 minutes while your oven is getting hot. Heat oven to 220 °C (430°F).
- Bake for 20 minutes and drizzle some fresh olive oil as you bring it out of the oven. Enjoy either by itself or with cold cuts to make a delicious panino!