If you're looking for a homemade bread that can be on the table in 2 hours, look no further. King Arthur Flour has many wonderful recipes on its site. This one ranks up there with the best.
2 tbs olive oil (to drizzle into the pan)
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 tbs olive oil (for the dough)
1 1/4 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tbs instant yeast
4 tsp Italian seasoning
Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick vegetable spray. Drizzle about 2 tbs olive oil atop the spray.
Combine the remaining ingredients and beat at high speed for 60 seconds.
Scoop the sticky batter into the prepared pan. Cover the pan and let it rise at room temperature for 60 minutes--it should be quite puffy, but not fragile looking.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Gently poke the dough all over with your index finger.
Drizzle the dough lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary or other dried herbs of your choice
Bake the bread 25-30 minutes or until it's golden brown.
Remove bread from oven and wait 5 minutes. Turn bread out of pan onto a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I've made focaccia using other recipes, more labor intensive recipes, and now I wonder why. This bread was perfect, not to mention quick and easy. It had a slightly chewy exterior and was soft and yeasty on the inside. The Italian seasoning gave it a wonderful flavor, not to mention the fragrance. I will definitely make it again and next time I'll carmelize some shallots for the topping. What a perfect accompaniment to pasta, though I can see it with antipasto, a side of marinara for dunking, some pesto....