the rising dough.
ligurian focaccia (red onion & sea salt)
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast / 7 gram or 1/4 oz. packet
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (optional)
Place yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Cover with warm water and stir. Let stand 10 minutes, until the yeast has developed. You'll know if the yeast is ready when the top of the mixture turns foamy. Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture and stir. Combine salt and flour. Slowly stir in yeast mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms. Knead the dough 2-3 minutes on a floured work surface. Shape the dough into a ball and place into an oiled bowl. Cover with a towel and leave to rise for 2 hours in a warm spot.
Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Once dough has risen for the full two hours, roll out the dough on your oiled cookie sheet. Pat dough slightly into desired shape. Use the handle end of a wooden spoon to poke dough in rows (prevents bubbling), pokes should be 2-3 inches apart. Let rise for another hour and bake in a 450 degree oven for 15-25 minutes.