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Fresh Berry Focaccia

Amazing Focaccia Bread with fresh raspberries, blackberries, and honey! This sweet and savory focaccia bread recipe is fabulous for summer picnic baskets and afternoon snacks.

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I don’t do a lot of baking in the summertime. But this, my friends, is the exception.

Today I’m sharing fresh warm Italian focaccia bread in honor of our Estate d’Italia (Summer of Italy).

As you can see, these aren’t ordinary focaccia loaves… not that any focaccia bread recipe could possibly be considered ordinary.

Yet, this focaccia is savory-sweet with fresh berries tucked in its folds, and a generous drizzle of honey over the top.

It’s kind of ridiculous how good this bread is.

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As with any focaccia bread recipe, the first step of activating the yeast is extremely important.

Use warm water and a little sugar to active and feed the yeast so it will grow and “foam.” Make sure the water isn’t too warm or the heat will kill the yeast. And of course, cold water won’t activate the yeast at all. Start with water that is just slightly above room temperature.

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Once the dough is mixed and kneaded, allow it time to rise and double in size.

Dump the dough out of the bowl and cut into two pieces.

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Roll the edges under to create two balls of focaccia dough, then press them out into round flat loaves.

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Press holes in the focaccia dough to make little pockets for the fresh berries.

Like this…

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Then tuck a berry in each hole.

Like this…

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After the focaccia bread loaves rise a little, drizzle them with honey and sprinkle with flake sea salt. Then bake until golden and dripping with honey.

Like this…

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See why this savory-sweet Italian focaccia bread recipe is so darn special?

It’s the perfect way to showcase your fresh summer berries!

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Make sure to follow along on our Instagram Feed to see what we’re doing in Italy this week. We can’t wait to share more about our trip when we get home!

Focaccia Bread Recipe with Berries

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time: 30 minutes (active time)

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 Tb. olive oil + extra for the bowl and pan
  • 1/4 cup honey + extra to drizzle over the top
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups mixed raspberries and blackberries
  • 1 tsp. course sea salt flakes for top

Directions:

  1. Pour the warm water and sugar into the bowl of your electric mixer. Swirl the bowl around until the sugar has dissolved and the water is just luke-warm. 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, 3 Tb. oil, 1/4 cup honey, and salt. Using the bread hook attachment, turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour. “Knead” on low for about 10 minutes, until the dough pulls away from the bowl. If it doesn't, add 1/4 cup more flour and knead a little longer.
  2. 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.
  3. Dump the dough out of the bowl and cut into two equal pieces. Roll the edges of the dough under to create two round balls. Line two baking sheets with parchments paper. Then put a ball in the center of each baking sheet and press it down and out with your fingers, into a 12 inch circle or oval. Don’t be afraid to let your fingers puncture the dough—this will create the bumpy, rustic texture of traditional focaccia bread.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Once the dough is spread out, poke deep cavities in the dough and place a berry in each hole. Push the berries down far into the dough, otherwise they might pop out when the dough rises. Cover the dough with a clean damp towel. Allow the dough to rise again for at least 45 minutes. Then drizzle the top with honey and sprinkle with sea salt flakes.
  5.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden-brown. Allow the focaccia bread to cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

posted in Bread, Sides
last updated July 13, 2014

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22 Responses to “Fresh Berry Focaccia”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted July 14, 2014 at 4:18 am

    I have just started baking with yeast! I’ve done bagels and cinnamon rolls so clearly the next stop is these beautiful thangs. My favorite part of Italian dinners is always the focaccia on the side, and I am LOVING your berry version! Pinned!

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  2. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted July 14, 2014 at 4:48 am

    What a beautiful focaccia! I love the idea of putting berries in it. I’m looking forward to hearing about Italy.

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  3. Bri | Bites of Briposted July 14, 2014 at 4:56 am

    This is so pretty! I’ve never had a sweet focaccia before but it sounds amazing and if it’s anything like the plain version, I know I’ll love it. Thanks, Sommer!

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  4. Nancy Longposted July 14, 2014 at 6:16 am

    all I can say is yum, yum, yum!

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  6. Mariaposted July 14, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Love the berries!

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  7. Jenny Flakeposted July 14, 2014 at 6:57 am

    What a fun idea for focaccia!!!

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  8. Tieghanposted July 14, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Adding berries was such a genius idea. This looks awesome!

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  9. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted July 14, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Is there anything better than pretty carbs? I think not! Looks amazing, Sommer!

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  10. Loriposted July 14, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Your dough texture, and Focaccia look wonderful. Adding the berries and honey make s a nice touch.

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  11. Naomiposted July 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I love the idea of putting berries in focaccia!

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  12. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted July 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I totally want this for lunch!!

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  13. Julie @ Table for Twoposted July 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Love the addition of berries in this focaccia!

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  14. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted July 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I don’t know what it is about this recipe and its photo, but I felt happy looking at it. All those berries, so summery—-and the bread looks like polk a dots and that is so child like cheery too. Very sweet.

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  15. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted July 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    So pretty!!!

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  16. Gabyposted July 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Incredibly delicious!

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  17. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted July 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Making this for my family this summer!

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  18. Christine at Cook the Storyposted July 15, 2014 at 7:55 am

    This is gorgeous!

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  19. Marlyposted July 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    What a brilliant idea! Now the question is…dessert or dinner? Or…how about both!!

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  21. Shainaposted July 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    That honey drizzle at the end had me salivating.

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