Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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If you want to impress your guests, this Focaccia is the one. Perfect for dinner with friends, BBQ parties, baking with children, date night or as an appetizer for sharing.
What You'll Need
  • 325ml Warm Water
  • 7g Yeast
  • 500g Strong Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 7 tablespoons of good quality olive oil plus extra for drizzling
  • 15 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 8 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, sliced
  • 70g of Caramelised Onions.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
How to Make It
  1. Measure the warm water in a measuring jug and add the yeast. Leave for 15 minutes until frothy.
  2. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Add the frothy yeast mixture to the flour and stir with a spoon until it all comes together.
  4. Rub you hands with flour and transfer the dough to a lightly floured clean surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into your mixing bowl and using the ball of dough, spread the oil around the bowl. This stops the dough from sticking to the bowl as it rises. Cover and leave for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the bottom of a roasting pan.
  7. Take the risen dough and spread it around the roasting pan using the tips of your fingers. Once it has covered the base of the pan, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the dough.
  8. Chop the tomatoes in half.
  9. Using your index finger, poke a hole in the dough. Add 1 basil leaf and then half a cherry tomato. Evenly space the rest of the basil and tomatoes on one side the dough. You should end up with 3 rows each consisting of 5 basil leaves and tomatoes.
  10. On the remaining side, again using your index finger, poke a hole in the dough. Add a clove of garlic. Evenly space the rest of the garlic cloves in rows until you have used them all up.
  11. Sprinkle the caramelised onions over the garlic clove side of the dough.
  12. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 45 minutes. Preheat your oven to 200C/400F.
  13. Remove the tea towel and sprinkle a little sea salt over the dough.
  14. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  15. Remove the pan from the oven, drizzle the baked bread with olive oil and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  16. Remove the focaccia from the pan and add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Cut in half lengthways, then sideways into 4cm/2in strips and try to resist eating the whole loaf. Enjoy!
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