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Prep 40 minutes
Total 1 hour
Serves
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Ingredients
  • 900 g Strong white bread flour
  • 650 ml Tepid water
  • 20 g Fresh yeast (or 10g dried yeast)
  • 1 litre Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Bunch of rosemary finely chopped
  • 10 Cloves of garlic finely chopped
Focaccia
Focaccia Focaccia

This is a great entry level bread recipe. It was one of the very first things I learnt to cook.

  1. Add the yeast into the tepid water and mix.
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour, water, yeast and 15g of salt. Mix into a dough, then take out and knead for 10 minutes. Drizzle olive oil into the dough whilst you are kneading it.
  3. Add the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel, leave it in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, this should take about 1 hour.  
  4. Prepare the baking tray by lightly oiling the base, then line it with baking paper. Drizzle some olive oil over the baking paper.
  5. Transfer the dough to the baking tray, use your hands to spread the dough into the corners of the tray.
  6. Drizzle some olive oil over, cover with cling film and leave to prove in a warm place again., this time for about 30 minutes. 
  7. Scatter the chopped rosemary and minced garlic over the top of the dough, add another drizzle of olive oil, then use your fingers to press the rosemary and garlic into the dough.
  8. Season with sea salt flakes.
  9. Leave for ten more minutes, then place in the oven at 220℃ for 18 minutes. If you have a steam function then add 30% steam for optimal results. If not, don’t worry.
  10. Take out of the oven and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Leave to cool slightly before serving.
  11. Best served with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

As a youngster, I hit rock bottom and landed myself in a young offenders. I managed to turn my life around, became the first person to earn a Gold D of E Award behind bars and through this found my passion in cooking. I was taken on by Jamie Oliver, eventually started my own business and now find myself catering for royals and celebs. I use my love for food to spread joy and help others find purpose and change their lives. I mentor youngsters who have been in trouble with the law and regularly go back into prisons to share my experiences. I find myself being in a very fortunate position where I am able to do something I really love AND get paid for it!

Focaccia

This is a great entry level bread recipe. It was one of the very first things I learnt to cook.

Prep 40 minutes
Total 1 hour
Serves
US | Metric
favorite
print
rate
Ingredients
  • 900 g Strong white bread flour
  • 650 ml Tepid water
  • 20 g Fresh yeast (or 10g dried yeast)
  • 1 litre Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Bunch of rosemary finely chopped
  • 10 Cloves of garlic finely chopped
  1. Add the yeast into the tepid water and mix.
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour, water, yeast and 15g of salt. Mix into a dough, then take out and knead for 10 minutes. Drizzle olive oil into the dough whilst you are kneading it.
  3. Add the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel, leave it in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, this should take about 1 hour.  
  4. Prepare the baking tray by lightly oiling the base, then line it with baking paper. Drizzle some olive oil over the baking paper.
  5. Transfer the dough to the baking tray, use your hands to spread the dough into the corners of the tray.
  6. Drizzle some olive oil over, cover with cling film and leave to prove in a warm place again., this time for about 30 minutes. 
  7. Scatter the chopped rosemary and minced garlic over the top of the dough, add another drizzle of olive oil, then use your fingers to press the rosemary and garlic into the dough.
  8. Season with sea salt flakes.
  9. Leave for ten more minutes, then place in the oven at 220℃ for 18 minutes. If you have a steam function then add 30% steam for optimal results. If not, don’t worry.
  10. Take out of the oven and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Leave to cool slightly before serving.
  11. Best served with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

As a youngster, I hit rock bottom and landed myself in a young offenders. I managed to turn my life around, became the first person to earn a Gold D of E Award behind bars and through this found my passion in cooking. I was taken on by Jamie Oliver, eventually started my own business and now find myself catering for royals and celebs. I use my love for food to spread joy and help others find purpose and change their lives. I mentor youngsters who have been in trouble with the law and regularly go back into prisons to share my experiences. I find myself being in a very fortunate position where I am able to do something I really love AND get paid for it!

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