Easy Peasy Focaccia (I promise)

IMG_5964Have you ever wanted to try making focaccia but thought it was a daunting, time consuming task? Well, fear not, this recipe here is not only easy but quick to make. Our teen cooking class was able to finish the bread in under an hour and it was absolutely delicious.

FullSizeRenderIngredients

  • 2 34 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 12 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 12 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 handfuls of cherry tomatoes – halved
  • 1 handful of basil – chopped
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
 Directions
  1. Mix the yeast and water in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes (until bubbles begin to form).
  2. In large bowl, stir together flour, salt, sugar, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, and black pepper.
  3. Add the yeast mix and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients.
  4. When dough has pulled together, turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
  5. Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in bowl, and turn to coat with oil.
  6. Cover with damp cloth and let rise in warm place 25 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  8. Punch dough down, place on greased baking sheet.
  9. In a small bowl, toss cherry tomatoes with basil, white wine vinegar and olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
  10. Pat dough into 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil, then place cherry tomato mixture on bread.
  11. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown.IMG_5976

Valentine’s Mini Cakes!

We hosted a Valentine’s Day Mini Cake Workshop this past Sunday. The cakes were pretty easy to make and you could easily host this at home for your friends or little ones. Keep it really simple and buy one of those infamous cakes in a box, 3 eggs and vegetable oil. Or make it harder on yourself and bake the cake from scratch. Here’s a great recipe for a simple traditional white cake. Next, make buttercream icing, I always use the Wilton recipe, I find it quick and easy. For step by step instructions on how to make your very own mini cake visit one of our previous posts. Once your mini cake is complete all that is left is decorating it, which is really the very best part!