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Focaccia with Herbed 
Cream Cheese Spread

 

Focaccia is one of Italy's favorite breads especially when it is topped with fresh vine-ripened tomato slices, onions, rosemary and kalamata olives. It is best when served with cream cheese.


Herbed Cream Cheese

   
⅓ cup butter, softened
    1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
    2 teaspoons dried parsley
    2 teaspoons dried rosemary
    1 teaspoon dried thyme


Focaccia

   
2 cups water, warmed to 110

    2 tablespoons active dry yeast
    2 tablespoons sugar
    2 teaspoons salt
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    6 cups all-purpose flour


Toppings

  Olive oil
    Dried rosemary
    Fleur de Sel
    2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
    2 slices yellow onion
    Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced into slivers


1.  Herbed cream cheese: In a medium bowl, use a mixer to     
     cream the butter and cream cheese. Crush the parsley,
     rosemary and thyme, then mix into the cream cheese.
     Refrigerate until needed.

2.  Bread machine method: Measure the water, yeast, sugar,
     salt, olive oil and flour into bread pan. Program for white
     bread, dough cycle and large loaf. Remove after kneading    
    cycle is complete and let rise in a large bowl until doubled.

3.  Hand method: In an extra large bowl, whisk the water, yeast,
     sugar, salt and olive oil. Stir in the flour, then knead dough on
     a floured breadboard. Place in an oiled bowl covered with a
     damp cloth. Let rise until double.

4.  Punch the dough down, then divide it in half. Set each piece
     of dough on a baking sheet and roll each piece into an 8-inch
     square. Make deep indents with the end of the rolling pin
     handle at regular intervals.

5.  Brush the top with olive oil. Turn oven on to 200
. When you
     can feel the heat, turn the oven off. Let it rise in warm oven
     for 1 hour or until dough has almost doubled. Sprinkle with
     rosemary and Fleur de Sel. Arrange the tomato slices, onions
     and olives on the top of the flattened dough.

6.  Bake in a preheated 400
oven 30 minutes.
     Hint: Leftover turkey breast is delicious on focaccia bread.
     Look for canned roasted bell peppers and use a garlic
     mayonnaise.

     Makes 2 focaccia bread



 

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