Chef Anne Burrell: Rosemary Focaccia

How have I not shared this yet!!

This was the first thing I made with the KitchenAid the boyfriend got me. I’m not a huge fan of baking and found myself staring at this kitchen appliance some people only dream of having and just drawing a blank. I had no idea what I could do with the thing…then I thought OH DUH…BREAD! I LOVE bread!

I was a beginner bread maker (I say it like I’m a pro now or something pft haha) so I needed something that wouldn’t take a terrible amount of time. I found Chef Anne Burrell’s focaccia recipe and after one pseudo-failed focaccia loaf, I made this amazingly fluffy one. From that moment on…I kept finding new uses for the KitchenAid.

Some tips…make sure your warm water is about 115 degrees Fahrenheit , anything hotter than 120F will kill the yeast. I don’t know if unbleached flour makes a difference but I used that then I upgraded to the bakers flour from Costco…the BIG ASS BAG of flour. Is that considered an upgrade? I think so.

Last tip, be patient with the bread, let it do it’s thing and rise. Don’t bother it or rush it like I did. ….

What a pretty ball of dough!
What a pretty ball of dough! I know the cutting board is upside down.

Last Last tip, be adventurous! The recipe didn’t call for rosemary but WHY NOT! I chopped up about 2 springs of rosemary and roasted a head of garlic and added it to the dough as it was mixing. I also forgot about the roasted garlic one time and didn’t mix it with the dough, but not to worry!  I just shoved it into the holes you make in the dough.

BE ADVENTUROUS!!! Here is the recipe!! Chef Anne Burrell Focaccia Recipe

The loaf!
The loaf!
Check out that crust
Check out that crust
Check out that fluffiness!
Check out that fluffiness!

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