Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Herb and Cheese Foccacia


I am still having Blooger issues. I still cannot view or comment on Reeni's blog, Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice and Mary's blog, One Perfect Bite. Hopefully Blogger will have these issues resolved very soon.

My youngest homegirl graduated from 8th grade last night. She's on the right with her older sister. I told her when she was three to stop growing. She didn't listen.
Now she's about one inch taller than me and she's passed up her older sister. I'm thinking that I'll keep her home so she can reach things for me. Congratulations Kaitlin. You are a beautiful and talented young lady and I know you will go far in life.
The best way to drown the sorrows of your children getting taller than you and starting to spread their wings...warm, cheesy bread! Not just any warm and cheesy bread but warm cheesy foccacia infused with lots of herbs.
My first foccacia recipe came from Marjie at Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet and I made it over and over because it's just that good. I've morphed it a little bit and have come up with this.
Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to a large bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the dough hook attachment, mix together on low to combine, 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 packet of yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of thyme and 1 teaspoon of dried basil.
Add in 1-1/4 cup of warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F) and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
Continue to mix together and knead or knead by hand until dough is smooth and elastic.
Transfer dough reserved bowl with olive oil. Roll dough in bowl to coat with olive oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest and rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes.
Punch dough down and place in a greased baking pan. Gently stretch and pat dough into 1/2 inch thick rectangle.
Brush the top of the dough with extra virgin olive oil. Pour 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary into the palm of your hand and slightly break up the rosemary and sprinkle over the top of the dough. Now sprinkler the dough with 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese and 1-1/2 cups of shredded mozzerella cheese.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for about 30 minutes. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
No matter how much of this foccacia you make, it will never be enough. It will be gone in about 1.876 seconds. It's delish!
P.S. Spell check isn't working either...so please forgive me.

53 comments:

Marjie said...

I'm so glad you like the foccaccia! I made 6 batches last weekend - yes, SIX! My one son took one back with him to Charlotte, and he says a little of it survived the trip. The rest - well, you know. I never thought of topping it with cheese, but that sounds great!

Claudia said...

My kids (college age) adore foccacia! Don't make it enough and am reduced to buying it in a grocery store. Cool here today - good day for baking foccacia! Looks scrumptious.

When my daughter graduated from 8th grade, I realized there was no end in sight of the every two-year graduations. So I went to a shelter and got a dog and told the dog, "No schools! No graduations! She is my forever puppy.

Susan D said...

Congrats to the daughter and blessings to both of them. They are beautiful girls.

The bread looks and sounds delish, can't wait to try it. Blessings, SusanD

Sweta said...

They both are such beautiful girls-Congrats Kaitlin(and don't let mom keep you at home);)
Nice way of drowning your sorrows-will bookmark this for the day when my son grows taller than me(he's 2yrs now,so I'm guessing I have a long time to perfect this recipe)!!

TavoLini said...

Oh wow--foccacia is one of my favorite foods (after its cousin, pizza, of course)

My younger sister passed me up by the time she hit the end of 6th grade. I've had to look up to her ever since ;)

the ungourmet said...

Both of your daughter are lovely! Congratulations!

Your Foccacia bread looks fabulous! There is an organic market here in town that makes the most delicious Foccacia Bread with olive oil, garlic and fresh rosemary.

Lisa said...

With my son, as he grows taller I buy higher heels. Now in 9th grade and at about 6 feet tall I am losing the battle but I still like the heels!

The foccacia looks phenomenal. I think I'll have to make some.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Kathryn, your girls are gorgeous and that bread looks devine!

gigi said...

Congratulations Kaitlin! Watch out high school here she comes! Both girls are as beautiful as their mother!
Love the bread recipe. This is one I can do. I'm trying it soon.
Smiles.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your daughters are darling. Congratulations. I always say you can never be too tall.
I've never made foccacia but have always wanted to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.
Sam

April said...

Your girls are absolutely beautiful!!! I have never made foccaccia...this looks great!

Mary said...

Both of your daughters are lovely. Congratulations to Kailin and her Mom for reaching this milestone with smiles and dignity. Hugs cause I remember. Have a wonderful day.

Marguerite said...

Your girls are gorgeous, Katherine.
I'm afraid there's no putting a lid on them in the teen years. lol

Great recipe for foccacia- one of my daughter's favorites.

Greg C said...

I am soooooooo hungry and that looks sooooooooo good. Way to ruin my diet. I don't even want to know how many calories are in that.

sherri said...

I want to lick the computer screen! This is MY kind of recipe!

Debbie said...

Congrats to your daughter Katherine! Your foccacia looks wonderful. I will have to try that sometime...never made one.

girlichef said...

I want this soooo badly! It's amazing! You have such gorgeous daughters :) I was having problems with several blogs (Reeni's was one) and she suggested I switch to Mozilla Firefox (I was using IE), and it cleared everything right up!!

Pearl said...

beautiful daughters, katherine!

Kathy said...

Yum!!! This looks divine!!! Two gorgeous girls - I'm sure they take after their mom!!! :o)

Pam said...

Your daughters are beautiful and so is your cheesy foccacia. You have left me drooling.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congrats! Your daughter are beautiful!

That focaccia is really mouthwatering! A delicious speciality!

Cheers,

Rosa

Kristen said...

Your girls are so pretty! You must be a proud mama! The bread looks delicious :o)

Debbie said...

My family can down foccacia so fast!
Kaitlin looks gorgeous:)
Sorry you are having so many blogger issues.

teresa said...

Great pictures, what beauties!

This bread looks great, I always get myself in trouble with breads like this because I end up eating the top layer with all the cheese! Lol, I'm like a kid that licks off all the frosting on the cupcake!

merrilymarylee said...

I've GOT to get out in the blogosphere more often. I just discovered yours; must have smelled the foccacia. So much to browse I'm glad you made a list.

Your pretty, sassy daughters look like they get along well...so neat when sisters are friends.

Andrea said...

Love foccacia...can't wait to try this! And congrats on the grade 8 gradutation! :)

Elra said...

Oh I love Foccacia, yours look fantastic katherine!

doggybloggy said...

wow 8th grade - my son graduates 5th grade this year...I dont want him to grow up....

Bunny said...

I'm still having problems too, I hope it's over with soon. I love this bread, the more cheese the better, bookmarking this one!

Donna-FFW said...

Congrats to your daughter.

The foccacia bread looks fantastic!!

Reeni♥ said...

Congrats Kaitlin! My younger sister was/is taller than me too! This focaccia is the best! Love the cheesy topping. This wouldn't last long in my house, either!

I'm sorry your still having issues! I was having some today too, but they seemed to have cleared up. I couldn't leave comments on half of the blogs I visit, including yours! I was bummed.

lsk said...

ew to the blogger troubles and congrats to the little sis!!
the foccacia looks great.

Katy ~ said...

Foccacia looks terrific! YUM

Your daughters are lovely!

Sara said...

This looks amazing. In fact, I happen to be eating homemade focaccia right now!

Mary at My New 30 said...

Gorgeous girls... and bread too!

Steph said...

Congrats on your daughter's graduation! Do you use internet explorer or firefox? I'm not sure if that has anything to do with your blogger issues, but I used to use internet explorer and had a lot of problems. Now that I've downloaded firefox, there is no turning back!

5 Star Foodie said...

Congrats on your daughter's graduation from 8th grade! The foccaccia looks great!

The blogger still didn't completely fix the issue, I put the followers box back and then took it away again (that's apparently the problem widget).

Calm In The Kitchen said...

I love foccaccia! This is a definite must try.

Lynda said...

I'm still having problems too. I tried to comment this morning, but finally gave up!
Your daughters are lovely young women; they do grow up so quick! Spend lots of time with them!

I've been wanting to try my hand at making foccaci and yours looks so tempting!

MaryBeth said...

The bread looks amazing Katherine... the girls are adorable also!!

Natashya said...

Looks great! I can single handedly eat a whole focaccia in about 24 hours..
I am still having blogger troubles too, it randomly shuts me out of blogs, some more than others. Not too bad tonight though, just one in the last hour.

Charlotte said...

It sure looks delish.

Cathy said...

ooooh man...that bread looks fabulous! I could sit down with that whole loaf and not feel any remorse when it's gone ;)

Julie said...

Your daughters look so sweet :)
That foccacia looks just amazing! I keep licking the screen but it's not getting me anywhere.

Sophie said...

Your daughters look lovely so does the yummie foccaccio! I love a good foccacio!
MMMMMMMMM......

Cairo Typ0 said...

I LOVE foccaccia!! This looks so good! :)

Sorry to hear about your blogger issues. :(

Bridgett said...

My son is 10 and is just as tall as me, so don't feel bad. I'm only 5'3" so it doesn't take much!! Your girls are lovely, you must be a proud mom. Ah, foccacia brings such great memories to mind of my grandparents. I sure wish my grandmother was willing to bake hers. Yours looks and sounds just like how she did it.

Ginger said...

Congrats to Kaitlin!! She is a cutie pie (actually both your daughters are!) The Herb and Cheese Foccacia looks and sound incredible. Thanks for sharing. I loved reading this post. Have a great day.

The New Black said...

Yum, yum and yum!

lisaiscooking said...

Your foccaccia looks fantastic! Sounds delicious with the garlic and oregano and the cheeses on top.

Pam said...

Congratulations!

Cheesey bread is both comforting and celebratory at the same time!

Lanie said...

YUM! I linked to this one too in my Friday Favorites!

Megan said...

My daughter is graduating from the 8th grade this Thusday. She is taller then me and her foot is a size 11. She would probably kill me for telling you that but I just cant get over how quickly they grow up.The foccacia looks amazing!