I first made this 1-Hour Focaccia when I was cooking ‘Chicken Cream Stew’ for dinner and I really wanted to serve it with a nice crusty bread but I didn’t have any bread. I had heard about microwave enforced proofing for quick bread making, so I tried it. Microwave can make the dough warmer and definitely helps the proofing process. But, if you have only 1 hour to make bread, I believe you should add Baking Powder, that improves the texture.
3/4 cup Warm Water *OR 1 cup, see ‘Method 3’
1 teaspoon Dry Yeast
1 tablespoon Sugar
2 tablespoons Olive Oil *plus extra
2 cups Bread Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Salt & Herbs for topping
- Place Warm Water, Dry Yeast and Sugar in a bowl, mix gently and set aside.
- Place Bread Flour, Baking Powder and Salt in a large heat-proof bowl, and mix to combine. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast mixture and Olive Oil. Mix well to form a soft dough. Knead for 2 to 3 minutes, adding extra flour if required, until smooth and elastic.
- Alternative Method: Increase the amount of Warm Water to 1 cup. Just combine all the ingredients in a heat-proof bowl. Mix well to form a very soft and sticky dough. DO NOT try to kneed it.
- Cover the dough with a plate or plastic wrap. Heat in the microwave at low power (150 to 200W) for 30 seconds, and set aside in a warm place for 20 minutes, then heat in the microwave at low power for 30 seconds again.
- Transfer the dough on an oiled baking tray OR lined with baking paper. Drizzle some Olive Oil over the dough and use your fingers to flatten the dough into a 1cm thin large oblong.
- Let it rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 220℃.
- Sprinkle some Salt and Herbs over, and bake for 10 minutes or until golden. *Note: Instead of Salt and Herbs, you can spread some Garlic Butter to make Garlic Focaccia.
- *Note: You can cook this bread using a frying pan, grill pan, hotplate, etc. Cook 4 to 5 minutes over low heat on each side.