When I bought my cast iron skillet, a friend sent me a bunch of links on Pinterest to various foods – made in cast iron skillets. This one intrigued me in no small part because the claim was that it could be made in an hour (or less) and because it’s bread. Also, I’m a fan of focaccia bread.
There’s one huge problem with this bread – it was gone, completely, within 10 minutes of coming out of the oven. And then we were sad. It’s soft, buttery, covered in melted parmesan cheese (or clumps of parmesan, if you’re like me and can’t quite brush things on evenly) and the bottom is lightly crispy.
It took a lot of self-control to not make another one right away.
1 Hour Skillet Focaccia Bread.
Makes one 10″ focaccia bread.
3/4 cup warm water (~100F)
1/2 tsp white sugar
1 1/2 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted + extra for greasing the skillet
1 Tbsp grated parmesan
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- Pour warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer and add sugar. Stir to dissolve.
- Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir gently to mix. Wait for the yeast to foam – yay yeast!
- With the mixer on low, add 1 cup of flour and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- When flour is incorporated, add the olive oil and continue to mix.
Slowly add the remaining cup of flour – until the dough starts to pull away from the side of the bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees F and when it’s ready turn it off (leave the door closed). If your oven has a proof setting, you can skip this step.
- Grease the skillet with a bit of butter.
- Dump the remaining flour onto your counter. Dump the dough onto that flour! Knead gently until the dough is smooth and not sticky.
- Roll the dough into a circle that’s about 10″ – the size of the skillet. Place the dough into the greased skillet and, using your fingers, stretch the dough upward on the sides.
- Cover the dough with a cloth and place into the warm oven (or in the oven with the ‘proof’ setting on).
- Wait 20 minutes.
- Take the skillet out of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 F. Using your fingertips, jab the dough to make some dents (these will collect the butter and the cheese and the spices.. oh yeah.)
- In a small cup, mix the melted butter, parmesan, and Italian seasoning. Brush the dough with half the mixture.
- When the oven has reached 400F, put the skillet back in there and bake for 20 minutes (or until golden brown on top).
- After removing the bread from the oven, brush it with the rest of the butter mixture.
- Cool slightly, slice, and eat. (Good luck making this last more than 10 minutes.)
You can easily mix the dough by hand – no need to use the food processor. Just knead it!