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There's nothing quite like the scent of freshly baked bread, topped with herbs straight from the garden.

Focaccia recipe. Photography: Jana Langhorst
Serves: 6
Fresh from the garden: Seasonal herbs, fruit and vegetables
Season: All

This recipe provides a tactile experience, using fingers to create indents before baking. You can top the focaccia with seasonal herbs, fruit and vegetables from the garden.

Ingredients

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Equipment

What to do

  • Remember to put a damp tea towel under your chopping board to stop it from slipping.

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

  • 2. Combine the water and honey in the small bowl, and stir to dissolve the honey.

  • 3. Mix the flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Make a well in the centre of the flour, then pour the water and honey mixture into the well.

  • 4. Stir the dry and wet ingredients together with your hands, mixing to form a heavy dough.

  • 5. Sprinkle a little flour on a dry, clean surface. Tip out the dough and pat all the pieces into a pile. Squash it down and form into a large ball. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.

  • 6. Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough inside. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave for 30 minutes in a warm spot.

  • 7. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Push the centre of the risen dough down, to release the air. Tip the dough onto the baking tray. Spread the dough out into a rectangle shape roughly 30 x 15 cm.

  • 8. Make indentations in the dough using your fingertips (so it is completely covered in indentations), then prick the dough all over with a fork.

  • 9. Brush the dough with olive oil and cover with any seasonal toppings you are using. Rest it on the tray for 20 minutes. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes or until toppings are golden brown.

  • 10. Remove baking trays from the oven and allow the focaccia to cool. Cut it into slices and place it on a serving platter.

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