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Homemade Focaccia With Garlic And Rosemary

Homemade Focaccia

I wanted to make Homemade Focaccia With Garlic And Rosemary using the focaccia to make each of us a Panini/Panino. I bought a Panini press figuring Superbowl Sunday would be perfect for a Panini.

This post is specifically on how to make Homemade Focaccia With Garlic And Rosemary. In case you’d like to check out my panini recipe, I’ve posted a link at the bottom of this page for my version of The Perfect Panini.

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I like to trim the edges of the Focaccia to give the Paninis a uniformed look.

The Perfect Panini

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Active Prep Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 3 hours 
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Yields: 12 servings (6 servings per pan)
Equipment: Stand Mixer with the dough hook attachment, 2 large mixing bowls, 2 rimmed 1/4 sheet pans, 1 small mixing bowl, pastry brush, pizza cutter

Ingredients:
1 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast (equivalent to about 2 1/4 teaspoons per packet)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
4 cups plus 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 cups of warm water (110 to 115degrees F.)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/3 cup of *E.V.O.O., plus more for drizzling
Non-stick cooking spray

Topping:
4 tablespoons *E.V.O.O., divided
1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped, divided
Flaky sea salt

Directions:
Start by brushing two large mixing bowls with olive oil.
Fill a small bowl with hot tap water. Let the water sit in the bowl for a couple of minutes to warm the bowl, then dump the water out. In the warmed bowl, combine the yeast, 1 tablespoon of flour, sugar, and warm water (110 to 115-degrees F.) Let stand for 5 minutes. The mixture will be creamy and slightly bubbly.
Note: If the yeast does not have those characteristics, throw it away and start over with new yeast.

Using the bowl of your Stand Mixer (fitted with a dough hook), mix together 4 cups of flour and Kosher salt.  Slowly drizzle in the *E.V.O.O.  until combined with the flour. Pour in the yeast mixture, mix on medium speed until soft and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. You’ll see the dough start to pull away from the bowl. The dough will be sticky.

Note: If the dough looks dry, add an additional 2 tablespoons of water, one at a time.

Divide the dough in half forming two equal balls. Drizzle each with olive oil, toss to coat. Place each one of the dough balls into a large oiled mixing bowl, tightly covered with plastic wrap. Allow them to rise in a warm place to rest until both dough balls double in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400-degrees F.
Spray the rimmed baking sheet pans with the non-stick cooking spray.

To make the focaccia remove the dough from one of the bowls and place on a lightly floured surface. Place the chopped rosemary on top of the dough, then gently knead it into the dough. Do Not over-knead!

Roll the dough into a large thin oval shape then transfer to a prepared sheet pan. Drizzle more *E.V.O.O. on top of the dough. Repeat this process with the second ball of dough.

Set in a warm place, cover with plastic wrap and let rise again for 1 hour.

Once the dough has risen, use your fingertips to dimple the dough. Brush the top with E.V.O.O. and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

Bake until golden brown, around 30 to 40 minutes. Rub the peeled garlic cloves all over the top of the hot Homemade Focaccia With Garlic And Rosemary.

*E.V.O.O. is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

The Perfect Panini

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French Vanilla Cupcakes

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I have to say that in your local grocery store, there are so many varieties of box cake mixes available today and they’re really good. The brand of cake mix I’m partial to is the Duncan Hines French Vanilla. All you have to do is to add a few of your own secret ingredients and Voila!

If you’re looking for an easy dessert to make, my French Vanilla Cupcakes will work in a pinch!

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Yields: 24 cupcakes
Equipment: 2-12 non-stick muffin tin pans, large mixing bowl, whisk, 2 small bowls, hand-held electric mixer, 1-quart saucepan

Ingredients:
1 16.5-ounce box Duncan Hines French Vanilla
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup of water
4 ounces of ricotta cheese, room temperature
1 vanilla bean, seeded
2 sticks (1/2 pound) of unsalted butter, melted
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F
Start by spraying the muffin tin pan with liberally with a non-stick cooking spray. Lightly flour each of the muffin tins.

In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, water, vegetable oil, vanilla seeds, and ricotta cheese, mix to combine. Slowly add the cake mix into the wet ingredients whisking together until moistened, about 30 seconds.

Switch to a hand-held mixer. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Pour cake batter into the muffin tins.

Bake in the center rack of the oven for 17 to 20 minutes. Note: Add 3 to 5 minutes to bake time for dark or coated pans. The cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool cupcakes in the pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes before removing.

Topping:
Melt 2 sticks of unsalted butter in a small saucepan. Transfer the melted butter to a small bowl. In another bowl mix 1 cup of sugar with 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, stir to combine.

Take a cupcake and dip the top into the warm melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture, place back onto the cooling rack. I promise you won’t be able to eat just one of my French Vanilla Cupcakes because they are so darn good.

 

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