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Easy Peasy Focaccia (I promise)

IMG_5964Have you ever wanted to try making focaccia but thought it was a daunting, time consuming task? Well, fear not, this recipe here is not only easy but quick to make. Our teen cooking class was able to finish the bread in under an hour and it was absolutely delicious.

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  • 2 34 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 12 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 12 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 handfuls of cherry tomatoes – halved
  • 1 handful of basil – chopped
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
 Directions
  1. Mix the yeast and water in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes (until bubbles begin to form).
  2. In large bowl, stir together flour, salt, sugar, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, and black pepper.
  3. Add the yeast mix and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients.
  4. When dough has pulled together, turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
  5. Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in bowl, and turn to coat with oil.
  6. Cover with damp cloth and let rise in warm place 25 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  8. Punch dough down, place on greased baking sheet.
  9. In a small bowl, toss cherry tomatoes with basil, white wine vinegar and olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
  10. Pat dough into 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil, then place cherry tomato mixture on bread.
  11. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown.IMG_5976
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Nikki is the owner/director of Seasons Family Centre. She completed a diploma in photography at Fanshawe College, followed by a degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Shortly after she finished a post-graduate diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. Over the next few years she extended her education through various courses in psychology, counselling and play therapy at George Brown College, Hincks Delcrest and Cross Country Education. For the past several years Nikki has been running art programs all across the city of Toronto at various schools, community centres, libraries and private homes. She also runs play therapy groups at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Offices as well as private art therapy sessions. Nikki has taken several courses in baking and cake decorating through the Wilton certification program.

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