Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tomato Herb Focaccia

Every time I go to the grocery store, I always end up in the bakery dept, drooling over all the baked goods. Most of the time I see something and wish I knew how to make it. Which was the case with Focaccia. I saw it, I would drool, cave in and buy it. Then once I got home and we ate it all, I would long to know how to make it for myself. Then I got the latest issue of Taste of Home magazine. Guess what was on the cover??


Focaccia! It looked so wonderful that I knew right away I would make it. I anxiously held my breath, as I turned the page, hoping it didn't require any exotic ingredient, or require long tedious hours in the kitchen. I was in luck, because it was simple and used ingredients I always have on hand.

Let me just say that Mr.B is not a big herb and spice fan. But, you know what? He ate 2 pieces of this bread! That's how stinkin' good it is. While I was making it, Hubby kept insisting I use more cheese. I kept reminding him that it was Focaccia, not pizza. Normally I would give in ( after all, it is cheese and cheese is GOOD!), but I am very glad I did not go heavier on the cheese. It gave the dough and the tomatoes a chance to shine and compliment each other so nicely. The herbs weren't overpowering at all. This surprised me, since I started to doubt the recipe, as I was making it. It sure seemed like A LOT of dried herbs to me, LOL. But no, there was just the right amount to make the dough savory and to mingle nicely with the sweet tomatoes and salty cheese.


Tomato Herb Focaccia
Adapted from Taste of Home
printable version

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon each dried oregano, thyme and rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Dash pepper
2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon oil, salt, sugar, garlic powder, herbs, pepper and 1-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Shape into a 13-in. x 9-in. rectangle; place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. With fingertips, make several dimples over top of dough.
Brush dough with remaining oil; arrange tomatoes over the top. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (12 pieces).


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MM said...

When I saw this one the cover:
1. I thought it was pizza
2. I knew I had to make it no matter what it was!

Glad to hear it was so good.

MM said...

Obviously that should be "on the cover." :-P

Cindy said...

LOL... my brain still isn't fuctioning at 100% this morning.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

I really want to make this recipe!! Love focaccia and tomatoes so this sounds wonderful! I haven't baked too much bread but I think it's time to give it another try! Thanks for sharing :)

~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch said...

That looks absolutely to die for!

Brittany said...

I have always wanted to know how to make this! Thanks for sharing!

Aurelia said...

I love focaccia! Thank you for sharing the recipe, it looks absolutely delicious :)

I'm also taking part in the Hearth & Soul hop and that's how I found your blog.

Ott, A. said...

Just Stopping by from TMTT. that looks delish. Speaking of tomatoes I wanted to invite you to check out my Iron Chef Challenge This month's themed ingredient is canned tomatoes, so link up a recipe using those and you could win a prize. It should be a lot of fun, hope you can join us!!

J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

I've been on a new workout regimen for the past several weeks and am working hard to limit my bread intake.....You're not helping! Just kidding.

Looks great and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

Jackie said...

I saw this same recipe and thought it looked wonderful! I'm definitely going to have to try it now. :)

Christy said...

looks delicious. not that i am on your husband's side...but there are places in italy that actually make pizza from the foccacia dough...it is really good!;)thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

Christy said...

Oh way to go - that sure looks delicious and I am sure it was much better thank store bought! Thank you for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!