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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Spicy Tomato & Olive Focaccia Bread

Focaccia is famous Italian flat bread. This bread is usually seasoned and topped with onion, tomato, olive, rarely meat, and cheese. The most popular toppings are herbs like rosemary, oregano, and thyme. The dough of focaccia is very similar to pizza dough. Focaccia is usually eaten accompanied by olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar. In Italy, people eat focaccia on Christmas Eve for good luck. Focaccia is perfect for sandwiches, either cold or warm. Focaccia dough can be used for pizza dough, bread for the Panini, or sometimes for sweet sandwich.


  • 2-3/4 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp dry Active Yeast
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion Flakes
  • 1 tsp dry Thyme
  • 1 tsp dry Oregano
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper, ground
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 cup Water, warm

-- For Topping

  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • 8-10 Black Olives, sliced
  • 1 tsp red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Herbes De Provence

1. Mix flour, salt, sugar, yeast, thyme, oregano, pepper, garlic powder, onion flakes in large bowl.

2. Add warm water and olive oil. Mix well until dough pull together.

3. On floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic.

4. Put the dough in lightly greased bowl. Coat dough with little oil and cover with a damp cloth.

5. Let the dough rise for 25-30 minutes in warm place.

6. Preheat oven at 450 degree. Punch the dough for 2-3 times after 25 minutes.

7. Grease baking sheet. Place dough on baking sheet, so that its thickness is around 1-inch.

8. Brush olive oil on top of dough.

9. Sprinkle some salt, Parmesan cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese , herbes de provonce, red pepper flakes, tomato slices, and olive slices. Make sure to remove tomato seeds.

9. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

10. Serve warm or room temperature with olive oil and balsamic vinegar on side.


This is my entry to AWED :Italiano hosted by Dhivya.


Prajusha said...

this looks nice. i think i have to learn baking now:)

sowmya said...

nice one...looks delicious..

SMN said...

Luks likemini pizza

kamala said...

Looks soo good Madhavi.Its in my try to do list

bhags said...

nice idea of baking a focaccia bread.....a must try recipe for me....thanks for the recipe

ranji said...

madhavi..foccasia looks perfect!!!bookmarked!!!

easycrafts said...

Delicious one

SASHREE said...

that looks nice,,seems to me like pizza..gr8 one

Cham said...

Beautiful Focaccia, came out superb!

Uma said...

wow, that's one delicious focaccia, Madhavi! Yummy!

Divya Vikram said...

The bread looks too good..Havent tried my hand baking this yet..trying it soon..Thanks for sharing ur recipe Madhavi..

Mansi Desai said...

looks really pretty madhavi! I love the smell of fresh focaccia, and with those herbs it must smell heavenly:)

Meera said...

Focaccia looks perfect, Madhavi. Good job

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Love focaccia bread... Ur version looks so cool.... Nice recipe to try out... Love it...

Asha said...

Love Focaccia, spicy additions even look better, yummy bread, enjoy!:))

Archy said...

Wow, looks wonderful Madhavi!!
Never thought of trying it.. But now i vil !! Thanx for the recipe :) !!

Madhu said...

Another excellent dish Madhavi. Keep rocking girl!!!

Sapna Anu B.George said...

Madhavi everything looks delicious........great to meet you here in this blog

Madhavi said...

Thanxx prajusha, sawmya, smn, kamala, bhags, ranji, easycrafts, sashree.

Thanxx cham, uma, divya, meera.

thanxx mansi, m too love fesh baked focaccia :))

thanxx sukanya, asha, archy, madhu, and sapna.

I am glad u all liked it and thanxxx for this lovely comments :)))))))))))))))))))

Anonymous said...

The bread looks so soft and delicious. The pic is inspiring me to start baking breads :)


Cynthia said...

You have motivated me to bake a focaccia.

Anonymous said...

Loved the focaccia bread recipe.
One correction: You favorite chef is my favorite too and her name's spelling is Giada but mistakenly you have put it is Gaida.

meeso said...

Great Blog and this looks delicious :)

Madhavi said...

Thanxx Homecooked, cynthia, messo and 365daysveg.

@ 365daysveg, thanxx i missed it!!!

Uma said...

Madhavi, I think something is waiting for you at my blog. Go and check it out. Hope you like it.

Sunshinemom said...

Arrrre yaar... muh me paani aa gayaa :)

Pearlsofeast said...

Madhavi, I was longing to make a foccacia. This recipe looks great. Bookmarked and let u know soon.