Fresh Focaccia Loaves

The Virtues of Bread~

You can buy decent focaccia at the bakery, but NOTHING beats homemade bread! Yet, there’s that one little ingredient we so often don’t keep around the house…patience.

The lesson of bread-making is always ‘good things come to those who wait’. Bread is not difficult to make, especially if you have an electric mixer with a bread hook. IT JUST TAKES TIME! I like to make bread, as a signal to myself, when I’m feeling restless in other areas of life. It doesn’t really matter the reason–kids and family, work, finances…diligence and good ol’ patience are most always the process AND the answer. You do what you can, with what you’re given. Then…you wait!

Focaccia provides such a tasty and fragrant reminder that in the end, the reward is worth while. These crusty little loaves have an aroma that can instantly produce a dozen new friends…holding plates. And the flavor? Savory and delicate, with a punch of herbs in every bite. Good things don’t always happen when you want them to, but they do happen!

A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. ~A Dutch Proverb

To Prepare:

Pour the warm water and honey into the bowl of your electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Add one package of dry active yeast and swirl around. Allow the yeast to foam for 10 minutes or so. Then add the cold water, lemon zest, 2 Tb. oil, salt, rosemary and onions. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour. Once all the flour is in the bowl, switch the paddle to the bread hook attachment. “Knead” on low for about 10 minutes.

Pull the dough away from the sides and rub the bowl down with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Remove the plastic wrap and turn the mixer back on for 30 seconds.

Divide the dough into two pieces and press with your fingers into two 9-10 inch round pans. As you press to dough to the edges, don’t be afraid to let your fingers puncture the dough—this will created the bumpy, rustic texture of traditional focaccia.

Cover both pans with a clean, damp towel. Allow the dough to rise again for another 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 400* F. Before baking use the remaining tablespoon of oil and brush the tops of the loaves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and decorate with thin onion slices, if you like.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the tops are golden-brown. Turn out the bread loaves and ENJOY!

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Yield: 2 loaves

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Rosemary and Red Onion Focaccia

Ingredients:

¼ cup lukewarm water
1 package of dry active yeast
1 tsp. honey
1 ½ cups cold water
Zest of one lemon
3 Tb. olive oil + extra for bowl and pans
1 ½ tsp. salt
2 ½ TB. fresh chopped rosemary
3 Tb. chopped red onion (or shallot) + extra slices for top
4 cups all-purpose flour
Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Pour the warm water and honey into the bowl of your electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Add one package of dry active yeast and swirl around. Allow the yeast to foam for 10 minutes or so. Then add the cold water, lemon zest, 2 Tb. oil, salt, rosemary and onions. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour. Once all the flour is in the bowl, switch the paddle to the bread hook attachment. “Knead” on low for about 10 minutes.

Pull the dough away from the sides and rub the bowl down with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Remove the plastic wrap and turn the mixer back on for 30 seconds.

Divide the dough into two pieces and press with your fingers into two 9-10 inch round pans. As you press to dough to the edges, don’t be afraid to let your fingers puncture the dough—this will created the bumpy, rustic texture of traditional focaccia.

Cover both pans with a clean, damp towel. Allow the dough to rise again for another 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 400* F. Before baking use the remaining tablespoon of oil and brush the tops of the loaves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and decorate with thin onion slices, if you like.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the tops are golden-brown. Turn out the bread loaves and ENJOY!

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54 Responses to “Fresh Focaccia Loaves”

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    Adventures in Domestic Cooking — June 28, 2010 @ 4:12 am

    Agree, nothing like homemade bread!!=) And this looks fantastic.

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    citronetvanille — June 28, 2010 @ 4:37 am

    Oh that is a beautiful focaccia! what I love most about baking bread is the smell of the house while the bread is in the oven! Rosemary and onion focaccia a classic one and soooooo good! I never added honey but I can see the nice twist in the flavor! gorgeous!

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — June 28, 2010 @ 5:07 am

    Your focaccia looks gorgeous.
    I am always worried it won't come out right at the altitude we live at. I will take your recipe with me and give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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    Magdalena — June 28, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    Yes, yes, yes!

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    Cherine — June 28, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    Wow what a beautiful focaccia!!

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    Val — June 28, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    That looks amazing! I'm starting to get really interested in bread-making. The minute I get my electric mixer (couple of weeks) This will be the first bread I try. It looks real easy to make. Probably a good place to begin my bread-making adventures.

    Could you tell me how much is in the packet of active dry yeast you buy? Thanks :-)

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    penny aka jeroxie — June 28, 2010 @ 10:59 am

    Love the patterns on the bread. Home made bread is the best!

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    12th Man Training Table — June 28, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    That just might be the best looking loaf of bread I've ever seen!

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    Leigh — June 28, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    Beautiful loaves! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Pacheco Patty — June 28, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    Your rosemary and red onion focaccia looks beautiful, I love baking bread, homemade is just so good :-)

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    Chef Dennis — June 28, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    that is beautiful focaccia!! I love the idea of using cake pans…what a stroke of genius!
    thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and technique!

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    Anna — June 28, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    Wow… you made them look sooooo amazing, I love homemade bread. And rosemary and onions are such a good combination.

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    Rick — June 28, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    That looks scrumptious! I don't know why, but I thought of the bread from the Macaroni Grill. This is far more gourmet. Looks delicious!

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    Kate — June 28, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

    I'm not a bread baker, but you may convert me into one with this recipe. This looks fabulous!

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    The Housewife — June 28, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

    Gorgeous! I agree with you that there's no better aroma than baking bread and nothing beats homemade bread…. :) I've only tried making foccacia with rosemary on top but I like that you added red onions too.

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — June 29, 2010 @ 12:09 am

    Val~

    My yeast packets are approx. 1/4 oz. or 8.75 grams. I use the Hodgson Mill brand.

    Focaccia is a GREAT place to start! also check out my whole grain bread recipe. It's another favorite!

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    Stella — June 29, 2010 @ 12:46 am

    Beautiful Sommer! Your photos make me want to make bread right now. But my throbbing head ache says 'NO!'. I've heard focaccia is pretty easy though. I should probably try it…

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    Belinda @zomppa — June 29, 2010 @ 12:46 am

    You are so artistic! This isn't just foccacia! They are works of art.

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    Stella — June 29, 2010 @ 12:48 am

    Oops, I meant to tell you that flax egg is a pretty good egg substitute. In that cookie pie, it was perfect.
    Putting the flax in water overnight draws the endosperm out of the seed, which makes the water like egg white. It's weird but neat…

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    Ciao Chow Linda — June 29, 2010 @ 3:11 am

    So beautiful. I love the starbursts of red onion.

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    howtobaker — June 29, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    A loaf of fresh, homemade bread is one of the happiest things on the planet! I am a true bread nut at heart and love finding other "breadies."

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — June 29, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    That must be the prettiest focaccia I have ever seen! I've been itching to make proper yeasted bread for months…..

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    Magic of Spice — June 29, 2010 @ 5:52 am

    This is without a doubt the most amazing
    focaccia I have ever seen…Splendid!

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    Karolina — June 29, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    My favourite focaccia bread. :) I love the way you placed the onions on the top. Lovely. :)

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — June 29, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    Your focaccia looks wonderful! Fresh, homemade bread can't be beat. And I could do with a lesson in patience so I should probably get baking!

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    Kelly @ Hot Cookin' — June 29, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    I was just thinking of making focaccia bread today! How fortuitous that I clicked on your site! :) Your focaccia bread looks simply divine. Yum!

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    Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul — June 29, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    This looks wonderful. Will be baking bread soon…can't wait!

    Carmen

    p.s. Congrats on Lavender win giveaway at Sweet Life.

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    Lazaro Cooks! — June 29, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    Wonderful foccacia post. Great photos and clear instruction.

    Cheers!

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    Anonymous — June 29, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    That is the prettiest and most delicious-looking foccacia I have ever seen. My goodness…

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    Devaki — June 29, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

    Dear Sommer – I NEEDED to read your post today. Like an astrological reading these were words I needed to hear. So thank you! :)

    You focaccia leaves me speechless. The artful decorating with the onion and the little pools of olive oil is enough to make me weep.

    Will return for recipe as soon as I am ready to bake some!

    Hugs, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    Chow and Chatter — June 29, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    wow what an amazing foccacia and wonderful blog – Rebecca

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    Trix — June 29, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    I totally agree with you. Focaccia is the first bread I ever made and it got me hooked. Yours is gorgeous!

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    Sanjeeta kk — June 29, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

    Beautiful space, came from Meeta's blog. Exciting recipes and good presentation.
    Best wishes.

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    Big Boys Oven — June 30, 2010 @ 12:55 am

    wow love foccacia! I just love the tenderness that was given to make this bread, just awesome! :)

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    PFx — June 30, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    A little coincidence, my friend and I were talking about foccacia today – during surgery. Yeah, we were helping out a few surgery of the children. He said that he loved "those melted cheese on the grill bread". I told him it was foccacia bread with mozzarella, etc etc…

    Fully random topic in the middle of surgery, I know.But now I have a huge craving for those goodies. (Perhaps you could send me a few your lovely foccacia bread?).

    Btw, it's so true for me right now "good things don't always happen when you want them too"… Patience helps…

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    Sophie — June 30, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    Waw!! Your foccacio's loo tremendously tasty!!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,….

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    Mary — June 30, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    What a beautiful way to serve foccacia. I shouldn't be surprised. Everything on your blog is gorgeous and the recipes are terrific. They keep me coming back for more. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Chocolate Freckles — June 30, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    This recipe looks so lovely!!!

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    sweetlife — June 30, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

    beautiful bread, we love foccaia true bread takes patience I need to practice patience..

    sweetlife

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    Delishhh — July 1, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    Very nice blog. I just came across your blog and love it.

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    Shirley — July 4, 2010 @ 2:46 am

    This is so beautiful! The last time focaccia was made in our house there was so much oil, but this one seems to have not too much.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — February 22, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    I know what I’m making this weekend! I cannot almost smell it now. Beautiful bread and equally beautiful photos. A little wine, a little cheese, goodness!

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    Jeannie — July 16, 2011 @ 1:50 am

    I love the look of your foccacia…so pretty how you decorate the top with the onions:)

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    Jill — September 20, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    This looks amazing!!! Definitely adding a bookmark! I love making bread, but boy are you right about patience! :( lol

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    Kimberly at Rubber Chicken Madness — September 21, 2011 @ 5:22 am

    Gorgeous bread. And it doesn’t seem to be so difficult that I can’t try it and succeed. :)

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    JeNeal — September 21, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    soo yummy…found you via SITS.. super excited to follow u!! your recipes are amazing!!

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    Leslie, the cleaning coach — September 21, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    What a beautiful site! You may have motivated me to try baking again. I don’t bake … I burn!

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    Michael — September 21, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    I really like your site….very user friendly with the perfect amount of information for us nonbakers to think I could do this.

    Visiting from SITS

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    Marie Cole — September 21, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Yum, I will be right over. ;))))

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    Mrs. Crafty — September 21, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    Popped over from SITS .That looks good enough to eat. :)

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