Foccacia for One

For the past couple of days, Chicago has been experiencing some passing thundershowers. On my way home from work Monday, I noticed the temperature dropped as well. I wanted to take advantage of this slightly cooler weather (and when I say slightly, I mean down from the high-80s to the high-70s) and bake something. The question was what to bake?

I’ve noticed that I don’t eat as much bread on my own as compared to when my sister (Codename: Surfer Psychologist) was living with me. I think I made sure sandwich “fixings” were readily available for her in case I had to work late and didn’t feel like cooking dinner. But, since she left two weeks ago, I haven’t purchased a loaf of bread for myself. So, given the cooler temperature and a two-week hiatus from bread, I felt like Monday night was the perfect opportunity to bake some yummy bread: foccacia!

I halved the ingredients of the recipe I followed, but it still produced a large amount of flatter foccacia, more than I would ever eat myself.

I’m going to have to bring some into work and share!

Step 1:
1 c. warm water
1/2 envelope dry active yeast
1&1/2 tsp. sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour.
Combine the water and yeast and allow to dissolve. Mix in remaining ingredients and set aside for 1 hour.

Step 2:
1&1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1&1/2 tsp. kosher salt
After the hour setting time, combine the above ingredients and then knead the dough 3-4 times on a floured work surface. Set the ball of dough aside in a bowl greased with olive oil and let rest for another hour.

Step 3:
After the dough has risen, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Knead the dough again 3-4 times on a floured work surface and roll the dough to approximately 1/2 inch thickness. Pour 1/8 c. of olive oil on a baking sheet and spread the oil around. Then take the rolled out dough and lay on the baking sheet. Then flip the dough over so that both sides are coated in olive oil. Wet your fingertips and press dimples into the flattened dough. Then sprinkle 1&1/2 tsp. of fresh rosemary and 1/2 tsp. of kosher salt on top of the dough. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. saffronandhoney
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 08:53:23

    That looks fantastic! With some rosemary and salt – mmmm.

  2. Kathy
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 09:00:39

    What a great job you did on the foccacia! It looks wonderful! Love that you used fresh rosemary…yum!

  3. Tiffany
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 09:19:57

    Looks Great! I love baking with rosemary! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. spicegirlfla
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 09:20:49

    I like that you continue to treat yourself well even if you’re dining alone! As much as I try to limit my bread intake, I simply love fresh from the oven breads and this thin foccacia is perfect. I’ve never thought about halfing a recipe like this, great idea!

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 09:20:54

    Looks wonderful! Cooking bread for two is even hard. I always have to freeze some.

  6. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 09:22:02

    Looks brilliant! That is the hard part of dining alone, I experience that too.

  7. JamieAnne
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 09:55:15

    Yum! That looks awesome! It should freeze well, but sharing with co-workers is probably nicer.

  8. biz319
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 10:00:22

    I am in the NW suburbs of Chicago – isn’t the weather today perfect?!

    And I am putting that on my list of things to make – I too don’t bake bread that often in the summer time – fall and winter?? I probably make two loaves a weekend!

  9. Life is Full
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 10:11:10

    Wow, looks terrific! Good job!

  10. Eileen
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 10:14:42

    There’s nothing better than homemade bread. YUM!

  11. forgottenbeast
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 10:30:33

    I love homemade bread, and bread for one sounds perfect! Especially since there happens to be some fresh rosemary on hand at my house. Yumm.

  12. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 11:01:59

    This looks amazing! You definetly picked the right thing to turn the oven on for!

  13. Three-Cookies
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 11:50:16

    Looks appealing, the foccacia’s are nice and golden. I hope for more cooler weather for you guys.

  14. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 12:01:36

    I should never look at your site while I’m hungry. It makes me ravenous! I’ve never made foccacia break before, but it looks so good!

  15. Caroline
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 12:49:04

    I might eat that entire loaf, so I wouldn’t have to worry about leftovers, ha! Looks so delicious.

  16. chunklet's mom
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 16:53:25

    This looks really good, although i am skeptical that you made this since I do not see the little mouse figurine😉

  17. Elaine
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 17:56:13

    It looks so good! After makng this, you probably won’t want to ever buy a loaf of bread again.🙂

  18. Cakelaw
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 18:07:22

    Yummo, this looks great! I could eat the leftovers, I am sure.

  19. Peggy
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 19:06:30

    I actually love this flatter version of foccacia! I’ve been taking advantage of the cooler weather to bake, as well =)

  20. Simply Life
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 19:14:30

    oooh…this is one of my favorite things to eat- looks perfect!

  21. Kelly
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 20:00:04

    Oh, this is so beautiful and delicate. I’m a sucker for rosemary; I can taste this gorgeous foccacia from Ottawa…

  22. Mother's Secret Home Recipes
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 20:17:08

    Love rosemary…..looks perfect.

  23. Taylor
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 20:26:43

    I would happily taken some of that focaccia off your hands🙂 This looks great!!

  24. Angela
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 20:30:45

    I wish I worked with you so you could share with me!

  25. erica
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 21:22:06

    Oh I am all over making this! Looks like I know what lunch is tomorrow!

    xo

  26. Anita Menon
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 22:12:07

    I am so jealous you have sisters, the psychologist / surfer and chunklet’s mum I recall very well from your previous posts.
    But I also appreciate that, though you live all by yourself now, you continue to treat yourself with good food. If I were to be in your place,I would be too lazy and end up with a cup-a-noodles every single night for dinner.
    The bread for 1 looks like a winner. Your work colleagues are lucky people

  27. sara
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 22:20:01

    Yummy, this looks super delicious….I love foccacia, I haven’t made it in forever!

  28. Food,Photography & France
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 02:15:26

    Top photography – just excellent. It goes without saying that I’m very keen on foccacia.

  29. Liz
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 06:01:39

    Oh, this looks delicious! And laughing at your sister’s comment🙂

  30. kitchenbelleicious
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 08:27:57

    Now this is beautiful and exactly what I would eat for me, myself and I for dinner one night with a great pasta salad! Delicious and I have never made foccacia before so I can’t wait to try your version

  31. Ameena
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 08:43:44

    I’ve given up making bread because the truth is that yeast just scares me. So I’ll appreciate La Brea Bakery and your lovely concoctions instead.🙂

  32. Renee
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 12:13:29

    I love foccacia! Looks fantastic!

  33. Meri
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 13:24:33

    wow that is all it takes? What is my excuse for not making this (here in minneapolis we have a similar “cooler” week where I might actually turn on the oven). I used to work at a neapolitan style pizzeria with the most delicious foccacia, or as we called it, “chach.”

  34. incidentalcooksuman
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 15:30:13

    I love foccacia and this looks great and so perfect!

  35. torviewtoronto
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 16:43:00

    delicious looking foccacia looks wonderful with herbs on top of it

  36. Parsley Sage
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 16:50:17

    That looks delicious! I’m all about personal sized bread. And lucky for your coworkers you even had a little left over🙂

  37. Louise
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 21:11:10

    I’m enjoying this cooler weather in PA too. I guess it came out way after leaving Chicago:)

    I confess, I’m not much of a bread maker. My plan is to really knuckle down this winter and at least bake something that requires yeast.

    Your foccacia looks heavenly and the smell of the rosemary must have been simply lovely. I adore rosemary.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Yummy. Gee, I wish I were one of your co-workers…

  38. oneexpatslife
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 04:42:28

    Looks delicious! I remember that I never bought bread when I lived alone because the darn loaves were always too large and most of it would go bad before I had even put a dent in it. Frankly, most of the loaves are even too large for my current family of two.

  39. Jay
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 05:56:47

    wow…wat a yummy treat..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  40. Andrea
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 11:20:06

    A) Please send your rain this way! My sister is in Oswego and we usually get your weather a few days later – but I am still WAITING!!

    B) This looks amazingly good! I love foccacia and am axiously waiting the return of my boy so I can start cooking A LOT!!!

  41. Ryan
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 11:31:45

    This looks amazing! I could eat the whole thing. 🙂 It looks perfectly cooked and sounds so good with the rosemary and salt! Yum!

  42. Foodness Gracious
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 23:16:18

    Looks just how I like it, great job and thanks for sharing!

  43. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 03:39:41

    This looks wonderful. I love foccacia, and yours looks incredible. I can just smell the rosemary! Lovely!

  44. Yuri
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 22:39:02

    It’s almost midnight and you have me craving carbs! This focaccia looks better than the one they serve at my fav cafe🙂

  45. Chaya
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 19:20:52

    Fabulous photos which are making me hungry.

    There is another photo of this great baked good on My Sweet and Savory for Let’s do Brunch as a featured recipe. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    I hope you will bring something delightful again, this week.

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