Now that we have that out of the way, lets talk plans. I think you should plan to bake more this year and why not start out with a super simple whole wheat focaccia?
It's not hard to do, and it's downright tasty. And if you're not in to whole wheat I recommend you try this version.
1 cup plus 2 tbsp warm water
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet)
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp salt
2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1. Combine water, yeast & sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer
2. Add both flours, olive oil & salt to the bowl
3. Mix on low speed in a KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook attachment
4. Increase the speed to medium and let it work together in there for a couple of minutes
5. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it on a counter for about 5 minutes
6. Transfer the dough ball to a well oiled bowl, cover and let rest in a warm spot for 30 minutes
7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
8. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and transfer to a sheet pan coated with olive oil
9. Spread the dough out with your hands so it nearly fills the pan and punch holes in the top with your fingers, finish it off with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of coarse salt
10. Bake the bread for 20 minutes, until golden brown
I'm off to show my friend around Seattle one last day before heading back to school, not really looking forward to leaving the Pacific Northwest, it's crazy how pretty this state is.
I can't believe it's January again...