This is THE ultimate comfort food and a great appetizer or side. I could literally eat it with every meal. It's very easy but time consuming - you'll want to wait for a Sunday or a day that you have a lot of time because there are several "rest" periods. Also, you may want to save it for an occasion that involves a few people or you may end up eating it all on your own... just sayin.
1 3/4 cups of warm water
1 package of yeast (use quick rise if you want to cut down on time)
1 tablespoon of sugar
5 cups of all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of kosher salt
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Mix yeast, sugar and warm water in a bowl and set aside for at least 30 minutes or until the yeast is bubbling (if there is no activity, start over with a different yeast packet - if it doesn't bubble that means it's dead)
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, 1/2 of the olive oil and the yeast mixture, mix until combined
Knead dough for about 5-6 minutes, or until dough becomes smooth and elastic. If it's too sticky - add some flour
Once, the dough feels good, place it back in the large, clean bowl that's been greased with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for at least an hour (it will rise substantially)
Coat a new pan with the remaining olive oil, and spread the dough out to fit the pan. Once it's stretched out enough, flip the dough so that the other side gets coated in olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and rosemary
Let rise again for another hour
Preheat oven to 425. Bake focaccia for 25-30 minutes until it's golden brown
Let cool and enjoy!!