Thursday, 28 August 2008

Focaccia with Three Different Toppings



Last night I made Focaccia bread and did three different toppings.
The Focaccia dough is just a recipe I have that came with my bread machine. It is also the same dough recipe for used to make a pizza base.


Pre-heat the oven to 190C/375F or Gas 6

You will need:
1/2 Teaspoon Yeast
300g Strong White bread Flour
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Salt
170ml Water

Put the above ingredients into a bread machine and select 'Pizza Dough'
My Bread machine takes 45 minutes to make this dough. You will also need Extra Virgin Olive Oil for later.

Meanwhile (back at the ranch)! You can make your toppings.

Roasted Peppers with sundried tomatoes:
Soak your sundried tomatoes in warm water for about 20 minutes then slice a few and put on your bread with a few slices of roasted peppers (the ones already done and sold in a jar in oil are fine).
Caramelised Red Onions in Balsamic Vinegar and Feta:
Thinely slice some red onions and put in a small pan with a knob of butter and a little olive oil. Let them cook for about 10 minutes on a low heat trying not to stir them so you get nice sticky gooey bits start to form. Now add a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Give it a stir then cook some more. Probably for another 15 minutes until the onions have gone a lovely golden colour and are sticky and gooey. Let this mixture cool before adding it to the bread.
When you've spooned the onions on top of the bread, crumble over some feta cheese too.

Rosemary and Cracked Black Pepper:
A sprig or two of Fresh Rosemary leaves picked from their stems and some freshly ground balck pepper.

Once the dough is ready:
Remove from the machine and shape into an oblong - or whatever shape takes your fancy at the time! You need it to be about 3/4 of an inch thick. Place onto a lightly oiled baking tray.


Now drizzle (don't be shy with the oil - use lots) with the extra virgin olive oil pressing your knuckles or fingertips into the dough to make dents all over.
Lightly score the top into squares (each one portion in size).

Now you can now add your toppings.
Cover with cling film and keep in a warm place to prove/rise - which will be about 30 to 40 minutes.
Remove the cling film and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden at the edges and cooked well in the centre.

14 comments:

Sylvie said...

That's such a good idea!

Tom Aarons said...

This really is a great idea, even better than half and half pizza! :)

Beth said...

Ive got a really old bread machine that dowsn't have a pizze dough setting. Will have to see how I can do it. Lving the red onion and feta topping .My mouth is watering thinking about it

Raquel said...

Great idea, Jan! I am going to try this next time I make foccaccia! Thanks so much for sharing! Much love, Raquel XO

nicisme said...

I'm loving the toppings!

Angie said...

I'm resurrecting my bread machine immediately! I think it'll do pizza dough.
love, Angie, xx

bella said...

it looks very yummy ,great presentation

Darius T. Williams said...

You know - i think I'm scared to make breads at home - I'd much rather go and buy them - lol. But THIS looks great!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

gail said...

Jan - I love your toppings! Plus it is interesting for me, as my pizza dough recipe (which I've also...oddly) made bread with, is very similar. I'll get it posted on my blog sooner or later. But thanks again for stopping by - your site is creative, which I love!!

Jan said...

That looks amazing, Jan. I love your toppings.

Margaret said...

That looks so good and really colourful. Great idea.

Marie said...

Wonderful looking foccacia Jan! I like that everyone can pick their favourite topping! I don't have a pizza dough setting on my machine either... at least not that I know of!

Kevin said...

That focaccia looks good! I like how you staggered the toppings.

Bellini Valli said...

All the toppings sound amazing:D

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