Sage Focaccia Bread

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Sage Focaccia Bread is tender homemade focaccia bread with the earthiness of fresh sage throughout.  Top with crispy sage leaves and coarse sea salt!

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I’ve been intimidated by yeast breads as long as I can remember.  Why?  Kneading, worrying about the dough not rising enough, etc. I’ve made bread before, but I haven’t made it often enough to get comfortable with it.  

One thing I’ve looked forward to most of all in cooking school is bread baking.  I’ve decided to try and bake some type of yeast bread once a week, whether it’s pizza, a loaf of wheat bread, or one of my favorites…focaccia bread. 🙂

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Sage focaccia bread

There’s just something about focaccia bread.  It’s got plenty of olive oil, which makes it very tender, yet it’s still crispy on the outside.  

The olive oil also gives it a delicious flavor that you don’t get in an ordinary loaf of bread.

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The last time I made a yeast bread, I made One Hour Rosemary Focaccia Bread.  I’ve always loved the flavor of fresh rosemary in focaccia, but now I have a new favorite.  

Fresh sage adds a lovely earthiness, and it pairs perfectly with so many fall dishes.

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I’m discovering more and more that yeast breads aren’t difficult at all, and they’re so worth a little bit of kneading.  

It really doesn’t get much better than a slice of this homemade sage focaccia bread.  Satisfaction guaranteed. 🙂

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Sage Focaccia Bread

Yield: About 14 squares
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes

Sage Focaccia Bread is tender homemade focaccia bread with the earthiness of fresh sage throughout.  Top with crispy sage leaves and coarse sea salt!

Sage Focaccia Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 cups lukewarm water (75-85 degrees), divided
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 24-30 chopped sage leaves
  • 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

For the top:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • whole sage leaves

Instructions

  1. Mix the yeast, 1 1/2 cups of the water, kosher salt, olive oil, chopped sage and flour until well incorporated. If the dough seems dry, add the remaining 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Knead the dough until it is shiny, smooth, and elastic (about 5-10 minutes). Place in a very lightly oiled container and let rise in a warm area for 1 - 1 1/2 hours until doubled in size.
  3. Punch down the dough and knead lightly. Press the dough into a rimmed baking sheet. If it resists, cover it loosely with plastic wrap for 5-10 minutes to let the gluten relax. Once the dough has been pressed into the baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise 45-60 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Make indents in the top of the dough with your fingertips, then brush with the olive oil, and top with the coarse sea salt. Top with the whole sage leaves. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm.

Notes

  • Total time above includes the inactive first and second rises.
  • Recipe adapted from Tante Marie Cooking School, San Francisco, CA.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 649mg Carbohydrates: 31g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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