Baking is extremely popular right now and the one thing I keep seeing over and over is beautifully decorated focaccia bread. It started with my friend Laura and then yesterday, Bon Appétit was calling it a focaccia garden trend.
I made a very easy one based on this recipe and then simplified it even further. It’s even easier to make fresh rather than going out to the store. Especially these days…when you need a mask, hand sanitizer and dose of courage just to leave your house. This recipe uses all-purpose flour because if you’ve tried to get bread flour, you know that’s not possible!
Let’s make focaccia bread and decorate it like the sunset
You only knead focaccia bread 15 turns
Focaccia Bread decorated with peppers
under the tuscan sun focaccia bread
The popular trend of decorating focaccia bread made popular when we all stayed home…I just had to try it!
- 1/2 cup olive oil, plus extra for bowl and pan
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (equivalent to one packet)
- 2–4 drops Rosemary Vitality Essential Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Maldon Sea Salt
- In a large bowl combine the warm water, yeast and honey. Whisk together and let stand for 5 minutes. Add in the rosemary essential oil drops.
- Add one cup of the flour and 1/4 cup of the olive oil to the bowl with the yeast and honey. Let stand for another 5 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining flour and salt. When the dough comes together, transfer to a marble board or counter dusted with flour and knead about 15 times. It comes together very quickly! I counted and it was exactly 15 kneads with the palm of my hand.
- Transfer the dough to a bowl that is coated in olive oil and cover with a clean dish cloth. Place in a warm location on the kitchen and allow to rise for an hour.
- Transfer the dough to your pan that has been coated with oil and press it into the pan. Use your fingers to create dimples in the dough. Drizzle with olive oil and decorate with whatever vegetables you have on hand!
- Bake in a 450° oven for about 20 minutes.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
This year, mother’s day is going to look a little different. No one will be going out for brunch, but perhaps a picnic…even if it’s in the backyard. I love this cooler and the round beach towels that are new this year from Serena & Lily. It looks like we will be needing to wear protective masks for quite a while. These from Anthropologie are cute and this one too!
a. Serena & Lily Cooler // b. Welly Travel Water Bottle // c. Big Buckle Arizona Birkenstock// d. Gingham Face Masks // e. Campania Round Beach Towel // f. Small Marble Stone Heart Dish // g. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser // h.Vyaime Stone Diffuser // i. Set of Oils – Read more here.
Instead of a candle this year, give a diffuser and a set of oils. Right now, you can get a Welcome Home set of Essential oils for $125 and I’ll send you a diffuser like this one to use with them. My welcome home package includes the diffuser, recipe cards, a block of wood to use as a frame, a diffuser bomb with the popular Anthro Blend, and a hand-painted watercolor card. Read more details on this post.
Other gift ideas that I love!
Over the years my kids made coupon books filled with good intentions. I’m pretty sure I still have a few that have never been redeemed. They would probably tell me they expired! haha. But this year I did ask for a playlist (actually several). One for when I water my plants or when we are cooking, one for working out and one for just chilling around the house. Fingers crossed!
- Make a playlist(s)
- Go on a bike ride
- Go on a hike
- Make a picnic
- take a drive (I would love to drive through Manhattan, we miss it)!
- Try something new or that you haven’t done in a while…like tie-dye. We made tie-dye linen napkins, socks, t-shirts. It was so fun!