Focaccia Bread Art: Flower Garden
  • CourseAppetizers
  • CuisineKid-Friendly, Vegetarian
Prep Time
40minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30minutes 10hours
Prep Time
40minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30minutes 10hours
Ingredients
  • 1envelope active dry yeast
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 2 1/2cups lukewarm water
  • 5cups all-purpose flour
  • 1tbsp kosher salt
  • 6tbsp extra virgin olive oildivided
  • assorted vegetables
  • assorted herbs
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the yeast, honey, and lukewarm water. Add in flour and salt and mix with a rubber spatula until a rough dough forms.
  2. Pour 4 tablespoons of olive oil into a large mixing bowl. Transfer the dough into the large mixing bowl and turn to coat in the olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or up to one day. The dough will double in size.
  3. Prepare an 18×13 rimmed baking sheet by coating it in butter.
  4. While the dough is still in the bowl, grab one side of the dough and fold it towards your body. Gently press down. Turn the bowl a 1/4 turn and repeat this step three times.
  5. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and pour any excess oil in the bowl onto the bread dough. Let the dough rise uncovered until it doubles in size, about 2 hours. To see if the bread is ready, poke it with your finger. If the dough springs back slowly, leaving a small indention, it is ready.
  6. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
  7. Gently stretch the dough to cover the baking sheet. The dough should be about an inch thick.
  8. Dimple the dough by firmly pressing your fingers throughout the dough. Brush with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  9. Decorate the bread with your assorted herbs and vegetables to create a gardenscape.
  10. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown all over. Remove and brush with more olive oil or melted butter.