Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Focaccia

 

Recipe from Marcella Hazan 

Ingredients:

1 (7-gram) packet active dry yeast

5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

4 cups flour

1 tbsp. salt

8 branches rosemary

cornmeal

2 Meyer lemons washed and thinly sliced into rounds

coarse sea salt

 
meyer lemon focaccia

Method:

Dissolve yeast in 1⁄2 cup warm water in a small bowl and let stand 10 minutes, then add 2 tbsp. of the oil. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Strip and chop leaves from 5 of the rosemary branches and stir into flour. Add yeast mixture and 1 1⁄4 cups water and stir until dough becomes too stiff to stir. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Shape dough into a ball, transfer to a large oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Allow dough to rise in a warm spot for 2 hours.

Transfer dough to a floured surface. Using your fingertips, press dough out to form a 12" circle, then transfer to a baker's peel or inverted baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for 1 hour.

Put a pizza stone in the oven and preheat oven to 400°. Whisk together remaining 3 tbsp. oil and 1 tbsp. water in a small bowl. Remove cloth from dough and dimple dough with your fingertips, then brush with oil-and-water emulsion. Arrange lemon slices and small sprigs of rosemary from remaining 3 branches over dough and sprinkle with salt. Slide dough onto the pizza stone and bake until golden, about 30 minutes.