I decided to tackle something I’ve always wanted to try – homemade bread! Not just sweet bread, like banana bread, but more the savory type. I figured I’d start with something easy – focaccia.

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I decided to try out this easy focaccia I found on AllRecipes.com – click for recipe. I used all purpose flour instead of bread flour, just because I didn’t have any on hand and didn’t feel like going to the store.

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The only problem with the recipe was the fact that it had yeast in it. I don’t have anything against yeast…it’s just that I’m not very good at working with it. I’ve used it a time or two and every time, I seem to do something wrong.

This time, I carefully followed the instructions on the back of the package (since I was using active dry, while the recipe calls for instant), but I somehow still flubbed it.

I used nittanyjones’ tip to use the stand mixer’s dough hook on speed #2 for 2 minutes for the kneading part.

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The bread never really did much rising.

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I did manage to work on my crochet ripple blanket while I waited for the first round of rising.

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Then, it was onto the pressing. The focaccia was starting to take shape!

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Add some dimples.

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Add seasoning. I skipped the parmesan and instead added coarse salt. Rosemary focaccia is my favorite flavor of focaccia, so I stuck with the main flavor component, using dried rosemary. I thought about using some of the fresh rosemary in my herb garden, but I figured that would just burn easier than dried.

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I waited with fingers crossed while the focaccia baked.

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When I pulled it from the oven, I found this beautiful creation. Ta-da!

With my baking success, I was ready to move on to dinner.

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Hubby’s brother stopped by on his way out of town to have dinner with us. We started with salads….

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…before cutting into the delicious-smelling focaccia. Boy did it make the house smell yummy!

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We made a family favorite for dinner – Ina’s Linguine with Shrimp Scampi.

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Hello carb-load! lol

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The focaccia never really rose like it was supposed to, but guess what…it was still delicious! Woohoo! Can’t wait to try some new flavors! 🙂