I am a very good cook, I love to cook and I cook every single day... thanks to my italian genes! :)
My hubby keeps telling me I should share more recipes on my blog, so here we go!
Yesterday I made this yummy focaccia with crescenza cheese and fresh basil. It's very easy to prepare, and perfect during summertime. We just love it!
Crescenza Cheese/Stracchino (please note the final result won't be the same if you use another type of cheese)
(Extra Virgin) Olive Oil
I won't give instructions on how to make the dough as there are several methods to prepare it and tastes differ. Use your usual bread (pizza) dough recipe. As for me, I use "00" flour, fresh yeast, salt, sugar and warm water. Then I let it rest and rise for about 1 1/2 hours under a wet towel. Self-rising flour or instant yeast will make your dough different.
- Shape the dough in a round or rectangular pan, well greased with olive oil.
- Sprinkle the top with a little extra oil, then with a generous amount of crescenza cheese. I use about 150g (1/3 pounds) for a medium size round pan, and a few fresh basil leaves rip by hand (not chopped).
- Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 210°C (410F), and bake focaccia for about 15-20 minutes (it depends on the oven and on how big and thick your focaccia is). I usually leave it soft, not crispy. Transfer on a wire rack or wooden chopping board, and decorate with basil leaves, which will add further flavor.
- Allow to cool. It's great for picnics also!