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Focaccia is the perfect bread for home baking. This simple Italian yeast bread has a thin, crunchy crust from high-heat baking and rich olive oil, and a soft, open crumb. While the basic recipe is simple, you can build upon it to make the focaccia your own. Top with anything from herbs and garlic to pesto and pine nuts. With a few simple ingredients and steps, you can enjoy this flavorful and versatile bread at home.

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1. Ingredients and tips for getting started

Focaccia needs a pan wide and shallow enough for the ideal crumb-to-crust ratio; using a standard 18-by-13-inch sheet pan offers the best results for this recipe. Ingredients include 6 ¼ cups bread flour, 10 grams of a leavening agent, a pinch of sugar, 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, 5 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, and flaky sea salt for final touches. For the best focaccia, use a locally sourced organic flour that has both wheat germ and bran. Begin by combining flour with 2 ½ cups room-temperature water and mixing them together either by hand or on low speed with an electric mixer. Then add the other ingredients to the mix, including the leavening agent.

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