After the rush of ICC, I’ve been running around San Francisco, meeting and tasting with some of the city’s top up-and-coming talent for my job at StarChefs.com. But I wanted to take a few moments to share a recipe that I was able to sneak in before my trip. This wonderful foccocia recipe comes thanks to the time I spent working at Bastide restaurant in LA. Bastide had a fantastic bread program—we made the most perfect mini baguette, fragrant and crisp potato-fennel rolls, and this olive focaccia every day. Tossed in plenty of olive oil, the focaccia bread literally fries itself as it bakes, creating a lovely, crunchy exterior.
My good friend Jessica, now chef de cuisine at Bay Area restaurant Manresa, asked me to pull out the recipe a few weeks ago. I couldn’t help but make a batch myself, adding some whole wheat flour and a little rosemary. The bread is a real treat, wonderful all on its own but perfectly ample for sandwiches as well. Enjoy!
Servings: 6 to 8 slices
7 tablespoons olive oil, plus more
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
½ cup chopped black olive
Lightly oil a large bowl; set aside. Combine the all-purpose and wheat flours, salt, sugar, yeast, 3 tablespoons oil, and ½ cup water in a bowl. Stir to combine until a dough forms into a ball. Lightly flour a work surface and knead dough until smooth, adding additional flour to prevent stickiness. Transfer dough to oiled bowl, cover, and rest for 1 hour.
Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons oil. Stretch and press dough on the sheet into a rectangle slightly smaller than the sheet. Brush dough with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm area until dough has almost doubled in size, 1½ to 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Remove plastic wrap and dimple dough with your fingertips. Scatter rosemary and olives over dough. Bake focaccia until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before cutting into slices.