A Basic Focaccia:
- 2 cups Gluten Free all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- 1/2 tablespoon sea salt + some for sprinkling
- 1/2 packet gluten free yeast
- a little more than 2/3 cup warm water
- extra virgin olive oil
- Whatever delicious topping you want!! I recommend Tomatoes and fresh basil, or potato and rosemary, or kalamata olives and garlic. Thinly slice whatever it is!
Mix together the flour, xanthan gum, salt, yeast and water. I use a fork to make sure everything is incorporated. Should be a nice clean dough. Let stand covered for an hour in a warm (not hot) place to rise.
Next, after your dough has (or like mine , has not) doubled in size, tip the dough out onto a counter space or other flat surface. Flatten with your hands, but don’t overwork the dough. It will get tough if you do. Next brush the surface with olive oil. I use the back of a spoon to create little dimples all over the dough. It helps to keep the olive oil in the bread and creates cozy nooks for your toppings. Next, layer your yummy toppings on your dough. I like to sprinkle a little more salt on top as well. Cover again, and wait 1 more hour. (Preheat the oven to 450°F while you’re waiting. I recommend using a pizza stone to bake this bread, and if you do, place your pizza stone in the oven to preheat, too!)
Bake your bread for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack. (I secretly brush mine lightly one last time with olive oil right when I pull it out!) Serve your bread as soon as it is cool.
Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce:
What you’ll need for 6 servings:
2 pounds tomatoes (I use Roma)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
Your favorite Italian Seasonings (fresh is best)
Sea Salt and fresh crushed black pepper
(Crushed red pepper would be good too)
Your favorite Pasta
Preheat your oven to 400. Slices your tomatoes in half. (Thirds if you have particularly large tomatoes.) Place them on a foil lined cookie sheet. Add all your seasonings to the olive oil and drizzle a little over half of the oil and spice mix over the tomato slices. Roast them in the oven until the tops are brown and the tomatoes are soft. (You’ll want to prepare your pasta just as the tomatoes are browning.) When your tomatoes are ready, place them in a bowl and mash them! (SO fun!) Add your prepared pasta to the mashed tomatoes and toss. I like to save 1/4 of the tomatoes from being mashed and throw them in whole with the pasta just before I toss everything. Super easy, super fast, and super yum.