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Mediterranean Magic: Olive Focaccia Bread

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Indulge your senses in the irresistible allure of our Olive Focaccia Bread, a symphony of flavours and textures that will transport you to the sun-drenched landscapes of the Mediterranean. With its pillowy softness, fragrant aroma, and bursts of Pilaros Green olives, this delightful bread creation is a culinary masterpiece that will leave you craving more. Prepare to embark on a journey of taste and savour each blissful bite.

Let's unravel the secrets of crafting this heavenly Olive Focaccia Bread:


Ingredients:


Focaccia dough:

- 1 3/4 cup of warm water

- 1 tbsp active dry yeast

- 1 tsp sugar

- 1/2 cup Irini extra virgin olive oil

- 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

- 1 tsp salt

- Additional olive oil


Topping:

- 2 tbsp Irini extra virgin olive oil

- 1/4 cup Pilaros Green olives, sliced

- Fresh rosemary

- Dried oregano

- Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:


  1. In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and sugar. Give it a gentle mix, allowing the yeast to awaken and bloom.

  2. Add the flour and salt to the bowl, mixing until the liquid is absorbed and the ingredients come together to form a sticky dough ball.

  3. Embrace the dough with a gentle touch of olive oil, ensuring its surface is coated. This protective layer will prevent the dough from drying out and forming a crust.

  4. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, covering it with plastic or a towel. Allow it to rest and develop its flavours in the refrigerator for at least 8 to 12 hours, or if preferred, 5 to 6 hours in a warm place.

  5. Once the dough has had its restful slumber, transfer it to a baking dish generously coated with 5 to 6 tablespoons of olive oil. Lovingly spread out the dough, and cover it once again, allowing it to proof for approximately 4 to 5 hours in a warm place. Watch in awe as it rises and becomes even more enchanting.

  6. As the aroma fills the air and anticipation builds, preheat your oven to 420 degrees F (215 degrees C), preparing it to bring this culinary creation to life.

  7. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil onto the dough, then delicately dimple it by pressing straight down with your fingers or using your knuckles if you prefer. This simple act creates pockets of flavour and texture that will make every bite a delightful journey.

  8. Crown your masterpiece with the vibrant slices of Pilaros Green olives, shallots, a sprinkle of salt, a dash of pepper, and a generous garnish of fresh rosemary. Allow the toppings to intermingle and infuse their essence into the bread.

  9. Slide your creation into the preheated oven and let it bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until it achieves a heavenly golden hue and a satisfying crispness.

  10. As the irresistible scent wafts through your kitchen, embrace the moment when the Olive Focaccia Bread emerges from the oven, captivating your senses with its tantalizing aroma and picture-perfect appearance.

  11. It's time to savour the fruits of your labor. Slice this golden treasure and relish each bite, as the combination of fluffy bread, aromatic olive, and fragrant herbs dances on your palate.


Prepare to be transported to the enchanting world of Mediterranean flavours with our Olive Focaccia Bread. From its soft and airy texture to the burst of Pilaros Green olives, this culinary creation is a testament to the artistry of Greek cuisine. So, gather your loved ones, uncork a bottle of fine wine, and embark on a gastronomic journey that will leave you longing for more. Bon appétit!


Remember, with Pilaros, every dish becomes a celebration of authentic Greek flavours and culinary excellence.


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