Sure I make focaccia for sandwiches, but sometimes you want to change things up and go crusty bread once in awhile! It makes me feel like I got a quick sandwich at a deli. Or with dinner, it feels like delicious, light, crusty bread.
I think the foccacia is more filling but I definitely enjoy the bread change! Mine rarely looks as nice as the original recipe maker (Macheesmo3.0), but it is still beautiful. Like a flat baguette. It only uses up a teaspoon of yeast and yes, it takes a lot of time but that’s down time you could be doing other things with.
Stecca Sandwich Bread
Recipe by Macheesmo
3 cups bread flour (I use AP and it works fine for me!)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cup water
olive oil, oil spray
additional flour for dusting
- Mix flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Add the water and stir.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 12-18 hours.
- After resting overnight, the dough will be very sticky so you will need a lot of flour to work with it. Knead it on a well floured surface a few times until the dough is a rough ball and holds its shape.
- Place it back in the container and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt on top. Let rise for 2 hours.
- When fully risen, cut dough into four even pieces.
- Spray oil on baking sheet and stretch a piece o dough to fit the length of the pan.
- After shaping the loaves, drizzle some more with a little olive oil and salt and let rise again for an additional 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 15-225 minutes or until golden brown on top.