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Monday, January 8, 2018

Focaccia ~ Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes & Caramelized Onion - Day 8


Day 8

Focaccia ~ Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes & Caramelized Onion
 Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes & Caramelized Onion
Focaccia ~ Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes & Caramelized Onion
Focaccia
Focaccia is an Italian version of a flat baked bread similar to that of a thick crust pizza base. It comes in different versions based on the topping which is usually herbs, tomatoes, cheese, or even meat. The dough of a focaccia is so soft that it can be rolled out by just spreading it out with hands and then pricking it with a fork to keep the bread from puffing. Dotting the unbaked focaccia bread is what distinguishes it from a normal pizza bread. Dotting is done either by using the fingers or back of a knife to create small dents in the dough. Focaccia can be an excellent side dish, a base for a pizza or even used as a bread for sandwiches. 

Focaccia ~ Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes & Caramelized Onion
Focaccia 

Focaccia ~ Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes & Caramelized Onion
Focaccia 
Day 8

Focaccia ~ Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes & Caramelized Onion


Focaccia is an Italian version of a flat baked bread similar to that of a thick crust pizza base. It comes in different versions based on the topping it has.

Preparation time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 - 20 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes
1 cup = 250 ml capacity
Serves 4 - 5

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups All purpose flour (Maida/Plain Flour)
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon sugar/honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil

For Topping:
1 large onion sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 tablespoon dried rosemary (or any other dried herb of your choice)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon olive oil


Instructions:

1. In a small bowl, mix together yeast, warm water, and sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes until the mixture turns frothy and bubbles appear on the surface. (The water should not be very hot.)
2. In a large bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, yeast mixture, salt and olive oil till you get a slack dough-like mixture. Use some dry flour and knead the dough for at least 5 to 7 minutes till is smooth. You can also use a cake beater with dough hook attachment to knead the dough.
3. Place the dough in a bowl which is smeared with oil and set aside till it doubles in size. This will take about 45 to 50 minutes or sometimes 1 hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C (450 degrees F).
5. Take a flat baking dish (9 by 13 inches). Place a butter paper on it or grease it with oil. Place the dough in the baking dish and flatten it evenly till it reaches and covers all the edges. Poke some dents all over the flatten dough with your fingers. Again set aside for 30 minutes till it puffs up slightly.
6. For topping: Heat oil in a pan and fry sliced onion till it is light golden in color. Do not fry too much as it might burn while baking.
7. Top the flatten and puffed dough with caramelized onion, cherry tomatoes, dried herbs, chili flakes, Parmesan cheese, salt and olive oil.
8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or till the crust turns golden brown.
9. Remove from oven and let it cool completely. Cut into pieces and serve warm with balsamic vinegar, salsa dip or with a nice gravy.

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1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of caramelized onions! Haven't baked one in some time... one thing with foccacia is also the amount of olive oil that gets drizzled on the top of the bread... I guess you haven't used any on the top, try next time, you will love it... :)

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