This recipe is from my friend Wendie. This is an easy and quick bread recipe and the best recipe for a novice to try. It is also versatile as you can add cheese in the dough or add cheese on top and bake to get a cheesy bread. I serve this as an appetizer for a dip or as an accompaniment to the main course, goes well with soup too.
2 3/4 whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp yeast (1 packet active dry packet)
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp mixture of oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil
1 tsp black pepper
4 tbsp olive oil
1 cup lukewarm water
Stir together the first 7 ingredients. Add cheese or nuts if using. Mix 2 Tbsp oil and water and knead until elastic and smooth.
Put in a large oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let it rise for 30 mins to an hour.
Oil a pan. Punch down the dough. Press it down in the pan. Brush with remaining olive oil. Cover.
Preheat oven to 220º C (425º F). Bake the focaccia for 20 minutes till golden brown.