The recipe we used for this focaccia said to use a stand mixer on medium for 20 minutes to get the wet dough to come together. We don't have a stand mixer so instead we took turns stirring vigorously for 40 minutes. After all of that early morning arm exercise, we swore we wouldn't bother making focaccia again. Then this beauty came out of the oven... In a way, it's like how mothers go through incredible birthing pains and then somehow decide to do it again.