*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                       Focaccia (Italian Flat Bread)
 
 Recipe By     : Red Star Yeast
 Serving Size  : 12   Preparation Time :2:00
 Categories    : Breads                           Italian
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2 1/2  cups          all purpose flour (additional as needed)
    1      package       yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
    1      tablespoon    sugar
    1      teaspoon      salt
    1      cup           very warm water (120-130 deg f.)
    1      tablespoon    oil
 
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                         topping
      1/2  cup           chopped onion
    2      tablespoons   butter or margarine
      1/4  teaspoon      sugar
      1/8  teaspoon      salt
 
 In large mixer bowl, combine 1 1/2 c. flour, yeast, 1 T. sugar and 1 t.
 salt; mix well. Add water and oil to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until
 moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in enough
 remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 8
 minutes, adding flour as needed. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease
 top. Cover; let rise in warm place about 40 minutes (20 minutes for Quick
 Rise yeast).
 
 Prepare onion topping. In small skillet, saute onion in butter until soft.
 Stir in 1/3 t. sugar and 1/8 t. salt.
 
 Punch down dough. On lightly floured surface, shape dough into a ball. Place
 on greased cookie sheet. Flatten to a 10-inch circle. With table knife, cut
 a circle in dough about 1 inch from edge, cutting almost through to cookie
 sheet. Prick center with a fork. Spread Onion Topping over the pricked
 dough. Cover; let rise in warm place about 30 minutes (15 minutes for Quick
 Rise). Bake at 375 deg. for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
 
 Variation. Omit Onion Topping. Instead of pricking top, cut a criss-cross
 design with a sharp knife. Brush bread with an egg glaze made by combining 1
 egg yolk and 1 T. milk or water. Sprinkle with sesame seed if desired.
 
 
 
 
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