During a visit to South Pond Farms in the Kawartha’s, owner Danielle French welcomed us into her kitchen where she showed us how to make focaccia bread.  Her simple yet delicious recipe is below and is the perfect comfort food during these winter months. Try it with some homemade soup and you can’t go wrong. You can make it at home or visit Danielle on the farm for one of her upcoming workshops.  From bread making and cooking classes to insights on how to use seasonal ingredients and foraging, Danielle and her team celebrate country living with a sustainable approach to everything they do. Visit southpond.ca for all the great things the farm has going on this winter and spring.

Focaccia Bread 

5 cup flour

2 tsp salt

2 tsp instant yeast

2 cups water (more or less)

1/4 cup olive oil

Stir flour, yeast and olive oil together. Gradually add water and mix together until the dough loosely hangs together. Add the salt. Mix well and and put on a board and begin to knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. Ideally, when you pull the dough apart it stretches without breaking. This may take up to 10 minutes! Let the dough rest in an oiled bowl, covered with a plastic wrap ideally overnight.

When the dough has doubled in size pat into shape. Let it sit. Preheat oven to 450. Bake 25-40 minutes until it is hollow to the touch. Enjoy!

Photography by Jeannette Breward