Something this good shouldn’t be so easy to make.
I love bread. I have to be really careful because there are times that I eat so much of it I don’t have room left for real food. I try not to serve bread with dinner often because I will eat that and not much of the stuff that is better for me. Who needs veggies when there is warm bread on the table? Yes, I admit my eating habits are awful…my yoga pants are a little snugger than they should be but, y’all some things are just worth it. This Skillet Focaccia from Pinterest fell firmly in that category and I knew I had to give it a try as soon as possible.
I was so excited to get started that I forgot to take any pictures until it was ready to go in the oven. Sorry about that y’all, course I’ve been thinking that maybe I use too many pictures in my posts. What do you guys think? Do you want to see all the pictures of the process or just one or two at key points? I would love to know what you guys would rather see, so weigh in with your opinion in the comments.
I mentioned that I was a little excited when I got started so I didn’t pay as much attention to the directions as I should have. Rather than mixing the sugar and water first and adding the yeast, I did what I normally do and added the yeast and sugar to the water and stirred it up. I don’t know if there was a reason for doing it the other way or if it is just a different method…thoughts?
Once I had it all mixed, it sat for longer than 5 minutes so it was *really* foamy. I added the first cup of flour, the salt and the oil then mixed it up.
By now you would think that I would know better than to just skim over a recipe but once again, I didn’t follow the directions. I didn’t notice that the second addition of flour should only have been 3/4 cup and the last 1/4 was for rolling out the dough. Thankfully, I didn’t have enough flour in my container to make a full cup so I added what was there with the assumption that I could add more from a new bag.
The dough didn’t need any more flour so I took a look at the directions again and realized what I had missed the first time around. I swear y’all sometimes the universe conspires to keep me out of trouble.
I opened up a new package of flour to roll out the dough and then squished it in my new skillet. I turned on the oven then put the skillet in covered with a clean dishtowel. Y’all I put a dishtowel in the oven while it was on! Of course, I didn’t realize then that I wasn’t supposed to leave it on…Yes, the universe has it’s work cut out for it trying to keep me from disaster.
When it had been in the oven for 20 minutes, I took it out and poked at it to make the indentations in the top while the oven heated to the right baking temperature. I put together a mixture of butter, parmesan and italian seasonings and
poured brushed it over the top.
Y’all it smelled amazing! I put it back in the oven and made whatever else it was that we had for dinner that night, I can’t remember what it was because all I could think about was focaccia! I’m sure I put together a main dish while it was baking but the whole kitchen smelled like bread and I wasn’t interested in anything else.
It finally finished baking and I was ready to dive in right away. I managed to contain myself long enough for it to cool down at least a little but, I swear you would have had the same problem.
Mine turned out thicker than a usual focaccia, probably because I overproofed the yeast but that didn’t bother me at all. Next time I will follow direction better, probably, and I expect it will be a little thinner. It turned out great and I threw most of my dinner in the garbage because I at way too much of it. I love and hate this recipe, it didn’t take much time and it was so easy that I can throw some together any time to go with a meal. Send my apologies to your yoga pants, they’ll take a beating once you try this!
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