To make sponge, combine the water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook or in a large mixinig bowl. Stir until the yeast is dissolved. Stir in the flour to make a soft batter about the consistency of pancake batter. Mix by hand until very smooth. Cover the bowl and let rise in a warm place until the sponge is thick and framy and nearly doubled in size, about 3 hours.
To make the final dough, add the bread flour, 4 tsp olive oli, and table salt to the Sponge. Mix and knead the dough with the dough hook on medium speed until smooth and elastic about 10 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap or damp towel, and let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
Fold the dough over on itself by lifting the edges up and over the center. Cover and allow to relax fro another 15 minutes. Preheat the overn to 400F. Coat a baking sheet liberally with olive oil.
Turn the dough our onto a well-floured work surface and, using your palms, gentlyh stretch the dough into a rectangle that is an evern 1 inch thick and nearly the same dimensions as yhour baking sheet. Avoid tearing or puncturing the dough with your finger tipes. Transfer to the baking sheet, cover, and let rise until the dough springs back slowly to the touch but does not collapse, about 40 minutes.
Use your fingertips to gently dimple the surface of the Focaccia bread and drizzle with additional olive oil. Scatter with the coarse salt, basil, or garlic as preferred. Bake until golden brown crust and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom, 25-35 minutes. Let completely cool on wire racks.
Easy and good.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (257g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8|
|Calories from Fat: 57 (8%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 6.4g||9 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.9g||4 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.6g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 1781.2mg||61 %|
|Potassium 671.3mg||18 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 140.6g||41 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.5g||38 %|
|Sugars, other 131.1g|
|Protein 31.1g||44 %|
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Calories per serving: 745
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