Herbed and Parmesan Focaccia Bread
1 1/2 cups warm water (between 110 - 115 degrees)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 ounce (1 package) yeast
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt, plus more for seasoning
2 tablespoons mixed chopped herbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let stand for 10 minutes, to bloom (it should begin to foam).
In the mixer bowl with a dough hook attached, add 3 cups of flour, salt, and yeast mixture. Slowly turn it on and work the dough together. Turn it up to medium and mix for 5 minutes. If the dough is sticky, continue mixing and gradually add the remaining flour.
Place this smooth ball of dough into an oiled bowl, cover, and set aside to rise for 3 hours.
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Spread the dough out on baking dish/sheet and press "dimples" into it with your fingertips. Drizzle with the oil, herbs, cheese and seasonings. Bake until browned and cooked through. let cool.