Focaccia Barese al Pomodoro e Olive (Homemade Italian Focaccia with Tomatoes and Olives)
How do you get soft focaccia? The Italian secret is to add one potato to the dough. This foolproof traditional recipe will become the only one you ever need!
- Serves: 1 person
- 1potato, unpeeled
- 6cups bread flour
- 2cups lukewarm water, divided
- 1tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2teaspoons white sugar
- ½cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2tablespoons salt, divided
- 8vine tomatoes, halved
- 1(6 ounce) can pitted black olives in brine
- 2tablespoons water
- 1tablespoon dried oregano
Step 1Place potato into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water.
Step 2Peel potato; mash in a large bowl with a fork. Pour in flour and mix well with your fingertips. Rub together until mixture is even and free of lumps.
Step 3Combine 1 cup water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl. Mix well and let stand until frothy, about 5 minutes. Stir in 5 tablespoons olive oil.
Step 4Pour yeast mixture over flour mixture; mix, adding remaining 1 cup water a little at a time, until a soft dough forms. Mix in 1 tablespoon salt.
Step 5Knead dough on a clean work surface until smooth and soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a greased bowl. Cover with a damp cloth; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
Step 6Grease a large rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place dough on the baking sheet; stretch into the corners. Arrange tomatoes and olives over dough.
Step 7Mix remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 tablespoons water together in a bowl. Brush mixture over dough. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon salt on top. Cover with a damp cloth; let rise for 30 minutes.
Step 8Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Step 9Bake focaccia on the lower rack of the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Lift up with a fork to check bottom is golden brown. Transfer to the middle rack and bake until top is golden, 10 to 15 minutes more. Sprinkle oregano on top.