Garden-style focaccia

6 servings Prep: 30 mins, Cooking: 20 mins, Chill/rest/proof: 1 hr
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Forage herbs and other edible plants from your green space to create this tasty work of art!

By Independent Contributor October 13 2023
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Ingredients (14)

3 cup + 2 tbsp cake flour
2 tsp active dried yeast
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 tbsp brown sugar
5 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp coarse sea salt
Garnish options
rosa tomatoes
sundried tomatoes
fresh thyme
fresh chives
fresh rosemary
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Pour the water in a bowl and sprinkle in the yeast, followed by the sugar. Gently stir and set aside for 10 minutes until the mixture starts to bubble.

Add the flour, olive oil, and salt. Mix the dough with your hands or the paddle attachment on your mixer for 5 minutes. The dough should be sticky to the touch. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface dusted with flour.

Stretch and fold the dough a few times to create air pockets. The dough should now be soft, smooth, and slightly less sticky to the touch. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Set aside for 1 hour or overnight to rise and double in size.

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Drizzle olive oil onto a baking tray and scoop the dough into the tray. Stretch the dough until it reaches the sides and more or less fits the tray.

Poke holes in the dough with your fingers and drizzle it with olive oil and coarse sea salt. Use your favourite combination of garnish options to create your own garden scape on the surface.

Lightly press any ingredients into the dough to stay put. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy as an appetiser, side dish, or a pizza base.

Recipe by food photographer and stylist Angelique Booysens.

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