The kids made focaccia bread by using the pizza crust recipe from last week. They used the bread machine, as usual. The dough cycle takes one hour and 20 minutes, so you set it and go do some homeschooling. But don’t forget it. The dough will keep on rising in the machine and it makes a mess, sticking to the lid and the sides. You don’t want that.
To avoid having to clean more than I want to, I usually set an alarm on my phone. The kitchen is pretty far from the school room and I cannot hear the beep on the machine when it announces it is done.
When it finishes, you put the dough on a pan that has been sprayed with oil. You can also sprinkle flour or corn meal, but we did not. The kids played with the dough just because they like the sensory experience. They kept pushing it and stretching it and pulling it. Their hands were clean, so I let them play as much as they want, but even I have a limit. After a bit, I told them to stop.
You are supposed to let it rise on the pan for 20 minutes. Take this time to preheat the oven to 400F. Then, you pop it in for 20 minutes or so. Oven temperatures vary, so you might want to watch yours the first time you make it.
You can add rosemary, parmesan cheese, or flaky salt to it, but the kids did not. They wanted it plain.
It came out nice and they ate it in two sittings. They love it plain, but they also love it with butter and jam. Enjoy!