Sourdough Focaccia With Kalamata Olives

April 5, 2021

I did quite a lot of bread baking in the course of the first six months of 2020, and as tough as final yr was, I did study to bake with sourdough and perfected each my sourdough bread and my sourdough focaccia. I gained’t go into element on the way to make a sourdough starter as it’s fairly concerned.  It does take time and endurance though it’s really fairly simple. There are a lot of articles on-line on making a sourdough starter from scratch with step-by-step directions. I’ve had my starter for years, and if I’m not going to make use of it for just a few months, I freeze it. It then takes a few week of frequent feedings to get it again to a bubbly, lively starter once more.

Throughout my sourdough schooling, one tip I realized was that if I plan to bake bread, then I feed my starter each the night earlier than and the morning of, not less than three hours earlier than assembling my elements. This double feeding ensures that my starter may be very lively. This focaccia is one among my husband’s favorites, made with chopped Kalamata olives kneaded into the dough. You may make the recipe as is or skip the addition of the olives should you choose.


Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2021


  • 1 1/2 Cups (340g) Ripe Sourdough Starter
  • 1 1/2 Cups (340g) Lukewarm Water
  • 6 Cups (723g) Unbleached Bread Flour
  • four Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Pitted Kalamata Olives, Chopped


  • Additional Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coarse Sea Salt


    1. Mix the starter and water in a big mixing bowl.
    2. Add the flour to the starter, water, and remaining elements.
    3. Combine and knead both by hand or stand mixer till the dough is easy and elastic, about 10 minutes by hand, 5 to 7 minutes by machine,
    4. Place the dough in a bowl that is been flippantly coated with olive oil, cowl, and permit to rise for 60 minutes.
    5. Gently fold the dough over three or 4 instances, and let it rise for an additional 60 minutes.
    6. Drizzle the olive oil into the middle of a big baking sheet, then use your fingers to unfold over the underside and sides.
    7. Switch the dough to the pan, and switch it over to coat it with the oil.
    8. Gently stretch the dough in the direction of the perimeters and corners of the pan.
    9. Cowl the dough, relaxation 20 minutes, then proceed to stretch the dough to cowl the underside of the pan.
    10. Cowl the pan and switch it to the fridge to let the dough rise in a single day.
    11. The following day, take away the pan of dough from the fridge and preheat the oven to 425°F.
    12. Dimple the highest of the dough together with your fingertips, then drizzle with extra olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt, letting dough relaxation not less than 20 minutes.
    13. Bake the focaccia for 20 to 25 minutes, till golden brown.
    14. Take away the focaccia from the oven.
    15. Enable it to chill sufficient so that you can deal with it comfortably, 10 to 15 minutes, then flip it out of the pan onto a rack.
    16. Slice into squares or strips, serve and luxuriate in.

Vitamin Info:

Yield: 12

Serving Measurement: 1

Quantity Per Serving:

Energy: 386Complete Fats: 11gSaturated Fats: 1gTrans Fats: 0gUnsaturated Fats: 8gLdl cholesterol: 0mgSodium: 685mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 10g


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