Reid Focaccia Bread

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Main Ingredient: Bread
Cuisine Type: Italian
Serves: 1 pan

This special focaccia features Italian seasoning, Spanish onion, red bell peppers and Asiago cheese.

Ingredients

1 oz. dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1⁄4 tsp. granulated sugar
11⁄2 cups + 1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups warm water
1 tbsp. salt
2 lb. + 11 oz. all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup + 1 tsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. + 1⁄4 tsp. Italian seasoning
1⁄2 large Spanish onion
2 red bell peppers
2 cups Asiago cheese 

Steps

1. Combine yeast, warm water and sugar. Stir to dissolve yeast and let stand.

2. Add second-listed warm water, olive oil and salt to yeast mixture. Mix until well blended. 

3. Add flour. Mix on low speed for about 10 minutes, until dough is smooth and satiny.

4. Turn dough into lightly greased bowl and cover. Let rise in proofer set at 80°F, until volume has doubled, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

5. Roll dough out on sheet pan until about 1 in. thick. Use fingertips to make light
indentations in dough.

6. Mix Italian seasoning with second-listed olive oil and brush over dough.

7. Thinly slice onion and peppers. Scatter over dough. Sprinkle cheese evenly over dough.

8. Bake at 450°F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Recipe by Reid Hospital, Richmond, Ind.