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One-Hour Skillet Focaccia Bread

Some days I feel like I have tried all the different bread recipes I need to. I mean, I’ve found several different kinds that are totally awesome, so why bother trying new recipes?

And then I stumble across a recipe like this and remember why—because sometimes you find a completely new kind of awesome to add to your arsenal. And by arsenal, I mean arsenal of carbs.

one hour skillet focaccia finished piece

I was making dinner the other day for myself and a friend, and was having decision issues. I finally decided to go with my pasta with goat cheese, roasted peppers, and chicken sausage since I could make that in my sleep, and also decided to try two new recipes—kohlrabi fries (recipe to come) and these delicious oat brown sugar strawberry shortcakes. Then, since I can’t seem to stop myself from overdoing it, I ran across this skillet focaccia bread and HAD to try it.

one hour skillet focaccia butter topping

It was surprisingly easy and also very forgiving (considering I forgot to follow one of the instructions). The texture was awesome, and I loved the flavor of the spices and parmesan cheese.

one hour skillet focaccia finished

But the best part was how fast it was. I’ve talked about how difficult it is to find a good bread recipe that I can make when I realize two hours before dinner that I forgot bread. Most of my great artisan recipes take at least 5 or 6 hours, and many of them are overnight. So to find something that can be on the table in 1-2 hours start to finish is pretty awesome. 

one hour skillet focaccia dough

Put the warm water, sugar, and yeast in the large mixing bowl of a stand mixer. You can give it a quick stir or two, just to get the yeast wet, then let it sit until it gets foamy on top (5-10 minutes).

Add 1 cup of flour and the salt, then turn the mixer on low speed and mix until combined.

one hour skillet focaccia dough olive oil

Add the oil and mix well. Finally, gradually add as much of the remaining cup of flour as you can (it’s okay if it’s only like 3/4 of it) and mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

one hour skillet focaccia dough knead

Preheat the oven to 220 F and then turn it off (keep the door closed) and grease the skillet.

Place dough onto a floured surface and fold a few times until you feel it become smooth and not sticky anymore. Shape it into a ball and then roll the dough out into a circle about the size of your skillet.

one hour skillet focaccia dough skillet

Place in the greased skillet and stretch up the sides. Cover with a kitchen towel and place the skillet in the (turned-off) oven for 20 minutes so it can rise. My oven was in use at the time, so I opened my microwave (which is above the stove) and placed it there, since the oven puts off massive amounts of heat. You can also run your microwave for a minute or two and then place the dough in there with a wet kitchen towel over it.

one hour skillet focaccia butter topping2

Mix up the melted butter, shredded parmesan, and Italian seasoning into a bowl of awesomeness.

one hour skillet focaccia dough dimples

Once the dough has risen, take the skillet out of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 F. While the oven is heating, make indentations in the dough with your fingers.

one hour skillet focaccia dimples butter

one hour skillet focaccia dimples butter closeup

Brush the dough with HALF the butter mixture. Don’t be like me and not read the directions and use all the butter right now. Or, if you really love butter, go right away. It will all be all right in the end. Sprinkle a few pinches of sea salt on top of the dough, gives it a nice salty crunch at the end.

one hour skillet focaccia finished2

Bake for around 20 minutes, until golden brown. Once done, remove from the oven and brush with the remaining butter mixture (if you were like me and didn’t read the directions, just brush a little olive oil on top to give it a nice golden finish). Let cool until safe to touch and slice.

One-Hour Skillet Focaccia Bread

For the dough:

  • 3/4 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of olive or canola oil
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • Sea salt for sprinkling on top
For the parmesan butter:
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted or salted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoons of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning

Place water, sugar, and yeast in the large mixing bowl of a stand mixer. You can give it a quick stir or two, just to get the yeast wet. Then leave it and let it sit til foamy on top (5-10 minutes).

Turn the mixer on low speed and add 1 cup of flour and the salt. Mix until combined. Add oil and mix well. Finally, gradually add as much of the remaining cup of flour as you can (it’s okay if it’s only like 3/4 of it) and mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Preheat the oven to 220 F and then turn it off (keep the door closed) and grease the skillet. Place dough onto a floured surface and fold the dough few times until you feel it become smooth and not sticky anymore. Shape into a ball and then roll out the dough into a circle the size of your skillet. Place in skillet and stretch up the sides. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in the (turned-off) oven for 20 minutes to rise [note, you can also run your microwave for a minute or two and place this in there with a wet kitchen towel over it].

Take the skillet out of the oven once the dough has risen and preheat the oven to 400 F. While the oven is heating, make indentations in the dough with your fingers. Mix the melted butter, parmesan and seasoning in a small bowl. Brush the dough with half the butter, then sprinkle some sea salt on top (just a few pinches). Bake for around 20 minutes, until golden brown. Once done, remove from the oven and brush with the remaining butter. Let cool until safe to touch and slice.

Original recipe here

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