How To Make the Best-Ever Lamb Chops

How To Make the Best-Ever Lamb Chops

If pork chops and beef steaks are the only chops you sear, it’s time to try lamb chops. Lamb chops have a distinctively rich and savory flavor, and while they’re fancy enough for a dinner party, quick-cooking lamb chops also add variety to weeknight meals.

These easy lamb chops are rubbed with fresh thyme, seared in a hot skillet, and topped with a decadent (and oh-so-simple!) pan sauce flavored with dry white wine, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a knob of butter.

 

Lamb Chops 101

Surprise — you can buy lamb chops at your local grocery store! While lamb isn’t allotted the same volume of real estate afforded to beef, pork, or chicken, you’ll still find a good number of cuts available. The two most popular types of lamb chops are loin and rib chops. (You may also see blade or sirloin chops in the meat case; these cuts are a bit tougher, so they take slightly longer to cook and have a gamier flavor.)

Lamb loin chops look like mini T-bone steaks with both the loin and filet sold as part of the steak. Lamb rib chops are a carnivore’s lollipop — they’re the individual servings cut from a rack of lamb. You may see the chops “frenched” (cleaned of the fat and meat along the bone), leaving only the tender meat at the end. Frenching the chops is for appearance only, so if you don’t feel like tackling the task, you can ask your butcher to do it or skip it altogether.

Purchase lamb chops that are about one-inch thick, so that you can brown both sides without overcooking the center (for lamb, you are looking for a medium-rare cook, or 145oF).

 

Make a Simple Pan Sauce for the Finishing Touch

After searing the lamb chops, you’ll move them to a cutting board to rest. Don’t rush to clean the skillet, because the little brown bits (also known as the fond) that are clinging to the bottom of the pan will become the foundation of your sauce. You’ll then sauté minced shallots, crushed garlic, and a fresh sprig of thyme in the rendered fat until glossy and brown, then deglaze the pan with white wine or chicken broth and lemon juice, being sure to scrape up the fond. The acidic punch of lemon juice balances the richness of the lamb and butter (which gives the sauce body).

 

Serving Lamb Chops

Serve the chops with mashed potatoes or polenta to catch the pools of sauce. Lamb chops are smaller than similar cuts of beef or pork, so plan on two loin chops or two or three rib chops per person.

If you have a skillet and a thermometer you can make these easy, delicious lamb chops.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • lamb loin or rib chops (1-inch thick)
  • tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus 1 large sprig
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • small shallot, finely chopped
  • large garlic clove, smashed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or low-sodium chicken broth
  • teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

EQUIPMENT

  • Chef’s knife and cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Microplane
  • Citrus reamer
  • 12-inch cast iron or stainless steel skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tongs
  • Plate
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Season the lamb. Remove the lamb chops from the refrigerator and massage the chopped thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper into the meat. Set the lamb chops aside at room temperature for 5 minutes.

2. Cook the lamb. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook until a rich, brown crust forms on the bottom, 4 to 6 minutes (if you’re using thicker lamb chops, this could take up to 10 minutes).

3. Turn the lamb. Flip the lamb chops and continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 145°F, 4 to 6 minutes more.

4. Transfer to a plate. Transfer the lamb chops to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat.

5. Cook the shallot, garlic, and thyme. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the shallot, garlic, and thyme sprig to the pan and cook until shallot softens and begins to brown, about 1 minute.

6. Deglaze the pan. Deglaze with the wine or broth and lemon juice, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

7. Finish the sauce. Cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons butter. Cook until the butter melts and the sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Pour the sauce over the lamb chops and serve immediately.

 

RECIPE NOTES

Make ahead: Lamb chops can be seasoned with salt, pepper, thyme, and lemon zest up to 1 hour in advance and refrigerated.

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Cooking lamb blade or sirloin chops: To cook 4 (1-inch-thick) lamb blade or sirloin chops, season the chops as instructed above. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes per side or until deeply browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 145°F. You may need to cook the chops in 2 batches to avoid crowding the pan.

 

No-Fuss Prime Rib

No-Fuss Prime Rib

A slow roasted Prime Rib recipe with step by step instructions and tips for how to slow roast a boneless or bone-in prime rib roast. This herb and garlic crusted prime rib is unbelievably easy to make and is sure to “WOW” your dinner guests!

Cooking prime rib can seem intimidating, especially since it is so expensive and you don’t want to ruin it, but it is actually really simple!  This easy prime rib recipe has simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions that will allow even the most novice cook to have success!  Let’s start with the basics:

About the Price:

This section of beef is so tender and delicious that is comes at a cost.  Most local grocery stores carry choice grade prime rib for between $10.99 to $11.99 per pound. I’ve found Costco to have the lowest prices for the best quality.  They even sometimes carry prime grade meat.

Prime Rib is expensive, but just like most things, it’s much cheaper to serve at a dinner party at your house then to buy for everyone at a restaurant!

How much do you need?

Prime rib roast is also referred to as standing rib roast and it is the cut of meat that is taken from the back of the upper ribs of the cow.  This prime rib section typically makes up about 7 ribs.  You don’t have to buy the whole section, just specify to your butcher how many pounds you would like.

The rule of thumb for buying prime rib is to buy one pound per person.  A bone-in standing rib roast will feed about 2 people per bone. Also, be sure to consider how many side dishes you plan to serve.  If you are preparing a large holiday meal with plenty of other food you could plan on ½ – ¾ pound prime rib per person.

A standing rib roast tied with kitchen string, resting on a marble board.

Bone-in or boneless Prime Rib:

You can choose to buy your prime rib bone-in or boneless.  Many chef’s would say that bone-in ribs are more flavorful and cook better. I typically buy bone-in but I’ve cooked a boneless prime rib from Costco and honestly couldn’t really tell a difference

If you buy a bone-in prime rib you should ask the butcher to cut the bone off and tie it to the roast for you.  My local butcher does this without asking, but ask them just in case. This way you can cook the bones with the meat: they make a nice rack for the meat to sit on, but then you can easily remove them before carving the roast.

If you decide to buy a boneless prime rib you will want to set it on a rack to roast. I’ve had success using the wire rack from my instant pot set on top of my cast iron skillet.

Cook time and Temperature:

The length of time you decide to cook your prime rib depends on how rare you want your meat.

Start by cooking your prime rib at 500°F for 15 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 325° F and cook for 10-12 min per pound for rare prime rib, or 13-14 min per pound for medium rare prime rib, or 14-15 min per pound for medium well prime rib.

Bone-in or boneless Prime Rib:

You can choose to buy your prime rib bone-in or boneless.  Many chef’s would say that bone-in ribs are more flavorful and cook better. I typically buy bone-in but I’ve cooked a boneless prime rib from Costco and honestly couldn’t really tell a difference

If you buy a bone-in prime rib you should ask the butcher to cut the bone off and tie it to the roast for you.  My local butcher does this without asking, but ask them just in case. This way you can cook the bones with the meat: they make a nice rack for the meat to sit on, but then you can easily remove them before carving the roast.

If you decide to buy a boneless prime rib you will want to set it on a rack to roast. I’ve had success using the wire rack from my instant pot set on top of my cast iron skillet.

Cook time and Temperature:

The length of time you decide to cook your prime rib depends on how rare you want your meat.

Start by cooking your prime rib at 500°F for 15 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 325° F and cook for 10-12 min per pound for rare prime rib, or 13-14 min per pound for medium rare prime rib, or 14-15 min per pound for medium well prime rib.

A meat thermometer is essential to ensure you cook it perfectly!

A fully cooked standing rib roast (prime rib) in a cast iron skillet.

Roast your prime rib until the thermometer registers:

  • 115-120˚F for rare
  • 125-130˚F for medium rare
  • 135-140° F for medium
  • 145-150 F° for medium well

Please keep in mind that the meat temperature will continue to rise 5-10 degrees when it’s resting out of the oven, so don’t over cook it! 

How to make Prime Rib:

1. Let it rest.  Remove your prime rib from the refrigerator about 1 hour before cooking to give it time to come to room temperature. Season it with a little bit of salt and cover it lightly with plastic wrap while is rests.

2. Prepare herb rub.  Combine the salt, pepper, fresh thyme, rosemary, garlic and olive oil and rub it all over the outside of the roast. Place a bone-in roast with the bones down, in a cast iron, roasting, or other oven safe pan. Place a boneless rib roast on top of a rack, and then in your pan.

A small glass bowl with ingredients for seasoning prime rib next to another photo of a bone-in prime rib roast inside a cast iron skillet with the seasoning on top.

3. Cook the boneless or bone-in prime rib at 500 degrees for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and continue cooking until the meat is 5-10 degrees away from the desired doneness temperature (see cooking temperature guidelines above or below in the recipe card).

4. Allow time to rest.  Remove the prime rib from the oven and and tent the entire roast with foil. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes–It will continue to cook the extra 5-10 degrees. Resting the meat is essential as it allows the juices to seal back into the meat. If you cut the meat too soon, the juices will run out and you will be left with a chewy prime rib roast.

5. Carve and Serve.  Spoon some of the extra sauce from the pan over the roast, if desired, or use it to make gravy. Cut the kitchen string holding the roast to the bones (if using a bone-in roast) and remove the bones before carving.

A seasoned and cooked prime rib in a cast iron pan with a spoon pouring the dippings over it, next to another photo of the prime rib removed from the pan, leaving the bones behind in the skillet.

Tips for perfect prime rib:

  • Use a meat thermometer! You can use a probe that stays inside the meat the entire time it cooks or you can use a simple instant read meat thermometer.  Either way, remember that each slice of meat is different and each oven is different.  Don’t take the chance of ruining such an expensive piece of meat.
  • Don’t over-cook!   The meat will continue to cook once it’s taken out of the oven (your thermometer will continue to rise 5-10 degrees) so err on the side of taking your prime rib out early. If you take it out and it seems under-cooked, you can always cook it a little longer.

Prime rib roast carved into ½ inch thick slices.

  • Let it REST! As with most meat, you want to let it rest after cooking to allow the juices to settle in the meat, making it juicier and more tender. If you cut into your prime rib without letting it rest, the juices will rush out and the meat will be chewy.
  • Cut meat across the grain.  That means, notice the directional lines in the meat grain and slice perpendicular to them. If you cut along the grain then the meat will be tougher and chewier to eat.

A slice of prime rib served on a white plate with horseradish sauce, mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts.

 

Prime Rib Recipe

A slow roasted Prime Rib recipe, seasoned with garlic and herbs, with step by step instructions and tips for making perfect boneless or bone-in prime rib.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds beef prime rib (or larger* if larger, double the spices/seasonings)
  • Sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 8 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • horseradish , for serving (optional)

Instructions

Remove your prime rib from the refrigerator one hour before cooking. Season it on all sides with salt and cover it loosely with plastic wrap as it comes to room temperature. Prime rib roast will cook better and more evenly when it’s at room temperature.

When you are ready to cook the prime rib, lower/adjust your oven rack so the meat will cook in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

In the meantime, mix together 1 ½ teaspoons salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and olive oil.

Pat the roast with paper towels. Spoon seasoning over it, rubbing it onto all sides.  Place bone-in roast with the bones down, inside a roasting pan cast iron pan. Place a boneless roast on a rack inside the pan.

Bake prime rib at 500 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and continue baking until desired doneness:

Rare: cook until thermometer reaches 120 degrees F (about 10-12 min/pound)

Medium rare: Cook until thermometer reaches 130 degrees F (about 13-14 min/pound)

Medium: Cook until thermometer reaches 140 degrees F (about 14-15 min/pound)

Medium well – Cook until thermometer reaches 150 degrees F

A couple of things to keep in mind:

– A meat thermometer is essential to ensure it cooks to your perfect doneness. Not all roasts or ovens are the same!

– Also, the meat will continue to cook once it’s taken out of the oven (your thermometer will continue to rise 5-10 degrees) so remove it from the oven 5-10 degrees before it reaches your optimal temperature.

– Remove it from the oven and tent it with foil. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes before

carving.
Carve your roast by slicing against the grain at about ½ inch thickness. Serve with horseradish, if desired.

 

Nutrition

Egg Carton Bunny

Egg Carton Bunny

We love making crafts out of recycled items and this egg carton bunny craft is no exception! They are simply adorable and so easy to make. Chances are, you already have the supplies lying around the house. Make some of these bunnies – each with their own personalities – and fill them with candy for a fun Easter activity to do with the kids.

Egg Carton Bunny – Easter Craft for Kids

Your kids will love painting egg cartons fun shades of spring colors and putting together these silly little bunnies. Find some small candies to put inside and place them on your spring table or as part of an Easter basket.

All you need is an old egg carton and a few other supplies to whip up these little bunnies in no time!

Supplies Needed to Make Egg Carton Bunnies

Supplies for Egg Carton Bunnies

Here are the supplies you will need to make this egg carton craft:

  • Egg Carton
  • Acrylic Paint – pink, yellow and baby blue
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pink Pom Poms
  • White Foam
  • Masking Tape
  • Glue – we like to use this kind which is stronger for gluing on pom poms and googly eyes
  • Black Marker

 

Directions to Make an Egg Carton Bunny – Easter Craft for Kids

1. Begin by cutting 2 egg compartments and trimming off any excess to create a flat top to the cartons.

Egg Carton Craft Get Pieces of Egg Carton

2. Place the trimmed egg cartons on top of each other with the flat tops touching. Take a piece of masking tape and put a small piece on the back of the cartons.

Then open up the egg carton and place another piece of masking tape on the inside.

Tape Egg Cartons for Bunny Craft

3.   Paint the egg cartons a spring color. We love these baby blue, yellow and pink paint colors that match the mini eggs!

Paint Egg Carton Craft

4. Cut 2 bunny ear shapes out of the foam.

Cut out Foam Easter Bunny Ears

5. Once the paint has dried, add the eyes and pink pom pom for the nose with glue.

Glue on the ears as well. Take a thick black marker and add whiskers and eyelashes if desired.

Now fill with candy and enjoy! These would be cute to put up for your Easter Egg hunt or as decoration on a table for Easter dinner!

Bunny Handprint Card

Bunny Handprint Card

We like to do a lot of handprint crafts for holidays and Easter is no exception! This Easter handprint craft is really easy to do. Kids will love making this cute Bunny Handprint card to give away at Easter. We love how this can be turned into a card and kids can write their own special Easter message inside.

To watch the full craft tutorial be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for the tutorial video! It’s an easier way to see how to trace the handprint in order to turn this into an Easter card.

You can make this an Easter card and write a special message inside or simply make this as an Easter craft activity. Either way kids will love making this cute Easter bunny. And to go with an Easter bunny theme we also have these other Easter Bunny crafts kids will love.

Supplies Needed to Make a Bunny Handprint Card

– White cardstock

– Small white pom poms

– Pink pipe cleaner

– Pink pom pom

– Googly Eyes

– Pink paint

– Craft glue  – we like this glue because it’s stronger and better for gluing on pom poms and pipe cleaners

Directions to Make an Easter Handprint Bunny Card

1. First fold your cardstock over to trace the hand.

2. Spread your pinky and ring finger together and your middle and index finger together to form the two “ears” of the bunny. Then cut it out so you have a card like this:

Trace Handprint Bunny

3. Paint the inside of the ears pink and let it dry.

Paint Easter Bunny Handprint

4. Start adding your pom poms by gluing to your card. Fill the space as much as possible. When you are done there will still be some gaps. You can continue to add extra pom poms into those gaps to really fill the whole bunny.

TIP:  We like this glue because it’s stronger and better for gluing on pom poms and pipe cleaners. It’s also non-toxic and safe.

Pom Pom Easter Bunny Craft

5.  Cut two pieces of pipe cleaner and twist them together to form the whiskers. Then glue to your card. Glue your pink pom pom on top.

Easter Bunny Craft

6. Glue your googly eyes on.

Now your Easter Bunny is done! You can write a simply “Hoppy Easter” inside the card or make it more personalized too!

Handprint Easter Card

 

Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread

Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread

Prep time is less than 10 minutes, no kneading required, and the name “Ridiciously Easy Focaccia Bread” says it all! almost. So delicious too!

I feel like I’m introducing you to an old friend, as I write about this fabulous, easy focaccia bread. I’ve been making it all summer, despite the fact that it’s been a crazy couple of months as we packed up our home in Raleigh (after 37 years) and moved to the mountains of North Carolina, near Asheville. Believe me, the only frequent-flyers in my kitchen this summer have been recipes that took minimal effort and (of course) were super delicious!

The first time I made this easy focaccia bread I was thrilled with the results and knew that it had to go into our Café Ridiculously Easy Series. How does a recipe get labeled “ridiculously easy”? Well, here at The Café, it has to have certain characteristics to earn that prestigious label:

Strict guidelines for Ridiculously Easy label

  1. A recipe that takes minimal effort and minimal hands-on time to put together. (Resting, rising or chilling time is not taken into consideration.)
  2. It’s also one that produces fabulous, super delicious results, ie, results that “appear” to have taken lots of time, talent, prowess and/or hard work.
  3. Ridiculously easy recipes have to work well on those busy days when time is short and expectations are high.
  4. And last, ridiculously easy recipes are perfect for entertaining, mostly because of the first two characteristics. They take the stress out of dinner parties and gatherings of families and/or friends and allow you more time to enjoy your guests. Bottom line? They are super simple, something anyone can do. (Shhhh! We’ll keep that part our secret.)

Closeup vertical photo of a loaf of Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread on a wooden cutting board.

An easy technique

I know, you might be looking at the pictures of this Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread and thinking that I’m spoofing you about the “easy” part, right? I don’t blame you – but it’s true! Let me convince you by sharing (in a nutshell) how it comes together:

  • Combine flour, instant yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Add warm water and stir until the flour is well incorporated. Cover it up, pop the bowl into the refrigerator and forget about it until the next day.
  • About two hours before baking time, lightly grease two pans with a bit of soft butter, line them with parchment paper and give each a drizzle of olive oil. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator, divide the dough in two and plop it in the prepared pans. Now forget about it again as you putter around the house, catch up on emails, make some phone calls or whatever it is you need to do.
  • After two hours, the dough will have filled the pans and be almost ready to bake. Top the dough with another drizzle of olive oil and have some fun with your fingers, poking holes in the soft dough (for that classic dimpled focaccia texture). Sprinkle the top with sea salt and/or herbs and you’re done on your end.
  • Now the oven does the magic, transforming the fluffy dough into crisp, golden circles of deliciousness that are perfect for sandwiches, with soups or to fill your dinner breadbasket.

If you’re still a bit dubious about how easy this bread is to make, we’ve put together a little video to demonstrate it:

See what I mean, so easy! Ridiculously easy!

Closeup photo of slices of Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread on a cutting board.

Did you notice there’s NO KNEADING? In the past, I believed that you had to do a lot of work, including kneading to a achieve a beautiful, rustic, richly flavored bread with lots of big, irregular holes.

In fact, the folks at King Arthur Flour have reported that one of the most common questions they get on their baker’s hotline is “How do I get those big, irregular holes in my bread?” They devote a whole article to the complexity of how to achieve this texture – but guess what? With this Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread it (magically) just “happens”.

Another thing I love about this easy focaccia bread – in comparison to every other focaccia bread that I’ve made, this one has minimal fat. Each loaf (which makes 6-8 sandwiches or 8 generous bread servings) has only 2 tablespoons of olive oil. If you google “focaccia bread” you’ll see that most recipes have much more oil. One popular recipe from The Food Network includes a whole cup of olive oil – yikes!

How do you cut focaccia?

This is a question that people often ask. Since this Ridiculously Easy Focaccia bread is made in round baking pans, there are several options for cutting. I like to cut it in long strips which are perfect for dunking in oil, sauces or soups but you can also cut it into wedges like a pie. One other suggestion is to cut it into three wide strips in one direction then turn the round loaf 90 degrees and cut it again in 3 wide strips yielding varying size pieces.

Expect rave reviews!

Have I convinced you? Are you ready to feel like a little Italian breadmaker? You probably have everything you need to make this Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread. Whip up a batch of dough tonight and tomorrow your family just might think they’ve been transported to a wonderful Panificio (the Italian word for bakery) as the incredibly delicious fragrance of baking bread wafts through the house!

Café Tips for making this Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread

  • I like to use bread flour if I have it – but it isn’t necessary. Bread flour is higher in protein and is supposed to create more stability, form, and rise in the dough, allowing it to lift and hold shape. I have used both bread flour and all-purpose flour with good results.
  • I use one of these Danish Whisks to easily mix up my dough. They’re inexpensive and make whipping up any dough super simple. With this particular brand, you get two professional-grade whisks. Keep one for yourself and give the other to a baking friend. He/she will think quite fondly of you every time they mix a batch of dough!
  • While we’re talking about mixing the dough, make sure all of the flour is well incorporated and there are not any little pockets of dry flour. I always stir it up until I think it’s well mixed and then stir a little more.
  • You can cut this easy focaccia bread into wedges or crossways, into strips. I love cutting it in strips, crisping it up in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil and serving it with soup. Just brush the cut sides of the bread lightly with olive oil then heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the bread and cook on both sides until golden. Delish!
  • Be sure to grease your pan (with butter) and line with parchment paper. An easy way to line your pans with parchment? Take a piece of parchment slightly larger than the diameter of your pan. Fold it in half and then in quarters. Fold the quarter in half and then in half one last time. You will end up with a long skinny triangular-shaped wedge. Turn the pan you want to line upside down. Place the tip of your parchment paper triangle at the approximate center of the pan and lay it flat so the unfolded edges are lying over the edge of the pan. Trim the paper with a scissors, about a quarter inch in from the edge of the pan. Unfold and line your pan with the circle you created.

A collage of photos demonstrating an Easy Way to Line a Cake Pan with Parchment paper.

  • This recipe calls for Instant Yeast which is also called Rapid Rise Yeast. It’s quite magical as it doesn’t require proofing as regular yeast does. Don’t try to use regular yeast in this recipe. You can find Instant or Rapid Rise Yeast at most grocery stores, right next to the regular yeast. You can also buy it in bulk and store it indefinitely in the freezer. It’s infinitely cheaper buying yeast in bulk vs purchasing it in the little packets.
  • Don’t worry about exact time with the initial rising of this easy focaccia bread. I have done as little as eight hours and as much as 24. Your results will be wonderful as long as it rises at least 8 hours. The second rise (in the pan) should be at least 2 hours (or until the dough has nicely risen). If your kitchen is really warm, it may take a bit less time. Rather than using an exact time, use the appearance of the dough – it should be close to filling the pan.
  • Don’t be shy when you “dimple” the dough, just before baking. You want to poke your fingers in all the way to the bottom of the pan and actually make little holes with your fingers. This will ensure nice deep dimples that won’t disappear in the oven.

A collage of photos demonstrating how to dimple Easy Focaccia Bread.

  • Dry or fresh herbs can be used to top this bread. I like to use dry Italian seasoning or fresh rosemary or thyme. Chives and sage would also be delicious.
  • Use flaky sea salt to top this bread. It gives a nice little crunch and a pretty presentation. I like Maldon. It’s more expensive than kosher or regular salt but a box will go a long way. Use it as a “finishing” salt rather than an everyday salt.

Asheville and the surrounding area is well known for its wonderful restaurants. Last week, Scott and I had a lunch delightful at a Café in Black Mountain (not far from our home). I went crazy over the delicious roasted red pepper soup and promptly came home and created something similar. Check back in a few days for the recipe. In the meantime, make this Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread and stash a loaf in the freezer. It will be FABULOUS with the roasted red pepper soup!

Overhead vertical photo of a serving plate with two bowls of Roasted Red Pepper Soup next to Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread.

And if you love focaccia, I’ve adapted this recipe a bit to result in a little healthier version with a portion of whole wheat flour and lots of delicious, nutritious seeds.

Vertical closeup photo of a loaf of Ridiculously Easy Seeded Focaccia Bread being cut into slices on a wood cutting board.

Ingredients

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2¼ teaspoons instant yeast (1 packet)

2 cups warm tap water

1 teaspoon soft butter for greasing pan

4 tablespoons olive oil divided

Italian seasoning or finely chopped fresh herbs

flaky sea salt I like Maldon

US Customary – Metric

Instructions

Prepare the dough:

1. In a medium-large bowl, combine flour, salt, and instant yeast. Stir well. Add the warm water. Using a Danish Whisk, sturdy wooden spoon or a rubber spatula, mix until all of the flour is well incorporated (there should be no small pockets of flour. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.

2. Lightly butter two 9-inch cake pans. Line pans with parchment paper. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil into the center of each pan. Divide dough in half with a large spoon or rubber spatula and place one piece of dough in each pan, turning to coat with oil. Tuck edges of dough underneath to form a rough ball.

3. Cover each pan tightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough balls to rest for 2 hours (it may take as long as 3 hours, depending on the warmth of your kitchen). The dough should cover most of the pan.

Bake:

1. Preheat oven to 450˚F with a rack positioned in the center of the oven.

2. Drizzle another tablespoon of oil over each round of dough. With oiled fingers, using both hands, press straight down and create deep dimples that go all the way through the dough (in other words, you’ll actually be making deep holes.) If necessary, gently stretch the dough as you dimple to allow the dough to fill the pan.

3. Sprinkle tops with Italian seasoning (or fresh herbs) and flaky sea salt.
4. Transfer the pans to the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 425˚F. Bake for 22 to 28 minutes, until the tops are golden and the undersides are crisp. Remove pans from the oven. With a metal spatula remove bread rounds from the pans and transfer to a cooling rack.
5. Serve warm or allow to cool completely then store in a zippered bag.

Freeze:

1. To freeze, allow bread to cool completely, then transfer to a ziplock bag and freeze. Thaw and enjoy at room temperature or warm for 10 minutes in a 350˚F oven.

 

 

Easter egg suncatcher craft with tissue paper

Easter egg suncatcher craft with tissue paper

We love Easter time when it’s starting to brighten up outside and begin to get a bit warmer. This cheerful Easter Egg Suncatcher Craft is a fantastic way to celebrate the colours of Spring.

These easter suncatchers are fun and easy to make and really do look beautiful in the window with the sun shining through them. We think it’s fun to use them for hanging outside for Easter egg hunts too!

This pretty Easter egg suncatcher craft is easy to set up and because there’s no glue involved it’s pretty much mess free and easy to clear away too. It’s a great craft for when you’re in a hurry or want something simple and it can easily be done with just one child or a whole class.

These colourful eggs are made from contact paper and torn tissue paper making it a really frugal craft and a great way for children to exercise their fine motor skills. Because it’s an open ended activity each easter egg suncatcher craft will be as gorgeous and unique as the child that made it!

Supplies To Make Easter Egg Suncatchers

  • Contact Paper
  • Bright Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Sticky Tape
  • Scissors

How To Make An Easter Egg Suncatcher Craft

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To make your Easter egg suncatchers start off by tearing bright tissue paper into strips. You can make the paper strips as thick or thin as you like. Tissue paper is fabulous to use in suncatchers because the colours really come to life with the sun shining through them and when they overlap you get some great colour mix effects too.

Next, cut out two rectangles of contact paper the same size. You’ll cut these into egg shapes later so they can be any size you like. We think it’s fun to make a selection of Easter egg suncatchers in different sizes.

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Now it’s time to enjoy laying the tissue paper strips across the contact paper rectangle. You can cover the whole area, leave gaps and overlap the colours too. There’s no right or wrong way to do it and each egg suncatcher will be different.

This EASTER EGG SUNCATCHER CRAFT for kids is so bright and colourful. They look beautiful hanging in windows and they can be hung outside for Easter egg hunts too.

Once your coloured strips are in place, stick the second piece of contact paper over the top of the tissue paper to secure it. Then using a pencil draw on an egg shape and cut it out.

This EASTER EGG SUNCATCHER CRAFT for kids is so bright and colourful. They look beautiful hanging in windows and they can be hung outside for Easter egg hunts too.

Finally snip a bit of ribbon and use sticky tape to fix it to the top of the egg.  Now your Easter egg suncatchers are ready for hanging up on display.

This EASTER EGG SUNCATCHER CRAFT for kids is so bright and colourful. They look beautiful hanging in windows and they can be hung outside for Easter egg hunts too.

They look so colourful don’t they? We love how each one is different and when you hang the Easter Egg suncatchers in the window the colours really zing and you get all sorts of new shades showing where the tissue paper overlaps. They remind us of watercolour paintings and bottles of sand art!

We’re going to try hanging them outside for a non-candy Easter egg hunt too. They won’t withstand lots of rain but we hope that the plastic contact paper coating will make them shower proof so they should last the day, even if the weather is a bit grim!

This EASTER EGG SUNCATCHER CRAFT for kids is so bright and colourful. They look beautiful hanging in windows and they can be hung outside for Easter egg hunts too.

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