Puzzle’s delicious “Focaccia Bread with Herbs and Garlic” recipe is perfect as a side dish to any meal or as a snack. And check out our wine recommendation to go along with it. Enjoy!
1 lb. white flour
1 lb. whole wheat flour
1 T yeast
2 T white sugar
2-3 C water
2 T + 1 t fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 T + 1 t thyme, finely chopped
1 T + ½ t sea salt
½ C extra-virgin olive oil
½ t black pepper
Preheat oven to 450°F.
In a large bowl, mix together white flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, and white sugar.
Slowly add water to the mixture, one cup at a time, mixing with one hand. Spin the bowl while mixing. Add 2 tablespoons rosemary, 2 tablespoons thyme, 1 tablespoon salt, and olive oil.
Cover the bowl with a plastic bag (not a towel, not saran wrap) and let it sit, covered.
Let the mixture rise for 1½ hours. Mix it again with your hand for 5 minutes and cover again to let it rise for another hour.
Sprinkle a sheet pan, and your hands, with flour. Gently cut a ball out of the dough.
Using your fingers, gently pull the ball apart, stretching it to form a large oval-shaped piece of dough.
Sprinkle with remaining salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm.
What goes better with bread than butter? Wine!
Get the best of both worlds by eating your delicious bread with a glass of creamy, buttery Chardonnay. Ask your local wine seller for a Chardonnay that went through secondary malolactic fermentation. It loses some fruit notes in the process of boosting the creaminess but certain dishes benefit from this pairing. Furthermore, garlic and Chardonnay have a notable synergy that might explain how this French grape has become a popular choice in Italy, as well as all over the globe.