Lorraine Pascale, the best-selling UK author (and host of numerous BBC television shows), uses just a tablespoon of olive oil in this recipe, which has more protein and half the fat of traditional recipes.
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
¾ cup whole wheat bread flour
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¼ oz. package of active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup warm water (from the tap)
1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
4 oz. pitted black olives, halved
2 stalks of fresh rosemary, broken into smaller sprigs
1 oz. anchovies, drained
1. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment and set aside.
2. Combine the flours, yeast and salt together in a large bowl (or food mixer). Make a well in the center and add the oil and warm water. Mix everything together well with a wooden spoon (if mixing by hand) or in a mixer set with the dough hook, to give a smooth, soft dough ball. If using a machine, continue to knead for five minutes. Otherwise, put the ball onto a clean work surface sprinkled with a little flour and knead for about 10 minutes.
3. To test if the dough is kneaded enough, form the dough into a ball with a nice taut top, and then put a little flour on your finger. Prod the dough to make a small dent. If the dough has been kneaded enough, the dent will spring back and disappear. If it requires more kneading, then the dent will remain.
4. Place the kneaded dough on the baking sheet and roll it into a 10-inch circle. Spray the top with some oil and cover with plastic wrap, loose enough to allow the dough space to rise, but all enclosed so it is airtight. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes or until it has almost doubled in volume. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
5. Meanwhile, spritz a little oil into a large frying pan set over low to medium heat. Add the onion and gently saute for 15 minutes, stirring regularly, until soft and just beginning to turn golden. Remove from the heat and set aside.
6. Once the dough has had its rising time, test to see if it has risen enough. Put some flour on your finger and prod the side of the dough to make a small indent. The dough should spring back halfway. Once the dough is ready, prod your fingers all over it to make those dents traditional to focaccia. Then stick an olive half and rosemary sprig in each hole. Spread the onions evenly all over, scatter with the remaining olives and lay the anchovies on top.
7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the dough is firm and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
8. Once cooked, remove the focaccia from the oven. Leave until cool enough to handle before cutting into wedges or bite-sized squares. This can be served warm or cold.
— Adapted by the Austin American-Statesman from “A Lighter Way to Bake,” by Lorraine Pascale (Ecco, $29.99).