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!

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21 comments on “Fresh Berry Focaccia

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

    all I can say is yum, yum, yum!

    Rating: 5
  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted July 14, 2014 at 4:18 am Reply

    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!

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

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

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

    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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  6. Loriposted July 14, 2014 at 8:42 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  7. Mariaposted July 14, 2014 at 6:55 am Reply

    Love the berries!

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

    What a fun idea for focaccia!!!

  9. Tieghanposted July 14, 2014 at 7:06 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    Love the addition of berries in this focaccia!

    Rating: 5
  12. Naomiposted July 14, 2014 at 10:23 am Reply

    I love the idea of putting berries in focaccia!

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

    I totally want this for lunch!!

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

    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.

  15. Gabyposted July 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm Reply

    Incredibly delicious!

    Rating: 5
  16. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted July 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm Reply

    So pretty!!!

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

    Making this for my family this summer!

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

    This is gorgeous!

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

    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 Reply

    That honey drizzle at the end had me salivating.