Monday, February 6, 2012

Onion And Garlic Focaccia

" This is the best thing you ever made ".......... this is what my husband said after having this Focaccia bread. And I said , then what about all those dishes which I made during past 8 years of married life ? He did not answer this, and I too left the conversation at that point. Some times, some things are better left unspoken...right? 

And now coming to the bone of contention I.e the Focaccia, I got the basic olive oil dough recipe from the book Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day. This is the first recipe I tried from this book and enjoyed a lot. There is no kneading required and the result is one delicious bread. Serve it for breakfast or stir up some soup and enjoy your dinner.


Basic Olive Oil Dough Recipe: ( This is the original proportion for the dough but I have halved the ingredients while making the recipe) :

Lukewarm Water- 2 3/4 Cup
Instant Yeast- 1 1/2 Tablespoon
Salt- 1 1/2 Tablespoon
Sugar- 1 Tablespoon
Olive Oil- 1/4 Cup
All Purpose Flour- 6 1/2 Cups

Other Ingredients which I added in the dough: 

Chopped Spring Onions- 3 Tablespoons
Garlic- 3 Cloves (Pounded)
Green Chillies- 2 or 3 (Crushed)

For Topping: 

Olive Oil- 2 Tablespoon + 1 Tablespoon for greasing
Red Onions- 1/4th of small onion ( Thinly Sliced)
Italian Seasoning- 1 Teaspoon
Coarse Sea Salt- For Sprinkling On Top


  • In a food container which has lid add in luke warm water, yeast, salt, sugar, spring onions, garlic, green chillies and olive oil together so that everything is mixed well.
  • Then in that mix in the flour without kneading, using a spoon. If the dough is too sticky, use wet hands to incorporate the last bit of flour.
  • Cover (not airtight), and allow to rest at room temperature until dough rises and collapses (or flattens on top) approximately 2 hours.
  • The dough can be used immediately after the initial rise but I refrigerated the dough overnight as it is easier to handle cold dough.
  • Twenty minutes before baking pre heat the oven to 425 Degrees F with an empty broiler tray on any shelf.
  • Grease the baking tray with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and set aside. 
  • Take out the dough from the refrigerator and with the help of little flour shape it into a ball. Now place the ball in the prepared baking tray and with the help of hands press the dough from all sides, flatten it as thin as required. Keep it covered with a damp cloth for resting for about half an hour.
  • Meanwhile heat 2 Tablespoon of olive oil in a small pan. Add in onions and sauté until softened but not browned. Keep it aside.
  • Now after the dough has rested make some indentations with thumb in the dough. Sprinkle the sautéed onions along with its oil sparingly over the surface of the dough. Do not add lot of onions else the surface may not brown attractively. 
  • Sprinkle Italian seasoning, coarse sea salt on top of the dough.
  • Now before keeping the tray inside the oven, pour 1 cup of hot water in the empty broiler tray which is already inside the oven. Place the baking tray inside the oven and quickly shut the oven door. 
  • Bake for about 25- 30 minutes or till the crust if golden brown in colour. Baking time may vary according to the thickness of the focaccia.
Serve warm.

Linking this to Vardhini's Bake Fest hosted at Tomato Blues.


  1. Gosh!!!!!!! wish I cud have a slice........droolworthy perfectly baked Foccacia......Bookmarked.

  2. Wow, what a bake, looks so professionally made..

  3. Focaccia looks perfect and loved the flavor..Lovely clicks..

  4. The foccacia bread does look great. I love flavoured breads like these.

  5. wow super delicious focaccia !! perfectly done and looks awesome !!

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  6. Really looks best, Perfect. Love the texture, color,....

  7. wow, that is a wonderful compliment to get. I too love focaccia and your color and texture has come out very very well.

  8. Raji this has come out so well. I use another recipe for foccacia; bookmarked this one.

  9. That looks so awesome and yummy...

  10. Gorgeous Foccasia..want to try it soon :)

  11. I have bookmarked Raji, will try soon. Clicks are so tempting. I love the pasta too.

  12. My husband is in love with breads and i am sure he is going to love this one :) :)

  13. loved the pics!!! Good going!!!

  14. Love , love bread. Quite a coincidence that we both have breads on our blogs today :-)

    This looks divine. I have made focaccia when I had some guests over.

  15. wow....
    looks wonderful and lovely clicks :)

  16. lovely presentation. When it comes to yeast i always mess up.

  17. wow! what an attractive crust it has. The baked onion pieces looks crisp and lovley. droooling...

  18. This sounds YUMMY..Bookmarked..


  19. Love this recipe,perfectly made,bookmarked.

  20. this looks very pretty Raji! Much better than the chewy shop bought ones...and so long as the husband likes it!:)

  21. i too love foccacia breads, this sounds so yummy and perfectly baked...i am yet to try this wonderful breads! u tempted me a lot,gonna try this tomarow :)
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  22. Looks perfect, I just love the focaccia, no wonder your DH said it was the best thing cooked ;)



  23. wow thats amazing recipe,luks so perfect n yum...

  24. Foccacia looks superb!! Looks so tempting Raji..

  25. beautiful!! Absolutely love it..and ur story as well. Bookmarked it!

  26. Lovely foccacia, this is our family favourite too.., My kids say the same thing.., they love this very much with soup.., You have done a good job.., looks so scrumptious.., lovely clicks too....

  27. wow ... it is simply superb, even I love to bake foccacia in different falvour, btw I was abt to buy that book, but not sure how it u find it useful?

    1. Thanks Sukanya :)This is the first recipe I tried from that book and was very happy with the results..the recipes are easy to follow and along with very good recipes there are many tips and tricks too to make yeast breads..overall it's a very good book.

  28. the book looks like a keeper raji and so does this recipe; what a fine bake and hey the loving conversation with your hubby had me in splits :)

  29. defently hard to figuere out if it was a compliment or if u should feel bad, right? man...

    your focaccia looks realy tempting! perfectly baked, realy nice touch with the toping. I understand why ur husband enjoyed it, it must have tasted so yumm.

  30. "In a food container which has lid add in yeast, salt, sugar, spring onions, garlic, green chillies and olive oil .
    Mix in the flour without kneading, using a spoon. If the dough is too sticky, use wet hands to incorporate the last bit of flour."

    You didn't mention the 2 and 3/4 cups water, and being a novice bread maker I assumed that it was supposed to go into the container with the flour... without it, it didn't look at all like dough. is that correct? Also, should I mix together the sugar, salt, yeast, etc. before mixing in the flour so that it is evenly distributed? and how do I mix in the flour without kneading it? I would greatly appreciate these details. I made the dough tonight, and then put it in the fridge, and plan to bake it tomorrow. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. Hi Tae...I am sorry for the mistake, now I have corrected it..thanks for pointing it out.

      No kneading is required,even I was surprised when I read it the book but there will be enough water so that everything get mixed well just by strong spoon. But if you find the dough too sticky and difficult to mix, then use wet hands to mix in everything,or if you are not comfortable with either then you may even use dough hook of your food processor to incorporate everything together, this is a very easy and flexible recipe and I am sure it will come out great.

  31. oh don't worry about what the husband says.. Men you know ;) Anyways, this bread looks so lovely and i suck at baking break. I hope this one will come out right.

  32. Wow...looks yum...even i have bookmarked a similar recipe from Vegetarian bible...Your Focaccia has come very perfect....

  33. I LOVE BREADS, so this recipe is calling out my name! Did it really take only five minutes to make?

  34. What a beautiful of my all time favorite breads :) Looks amazing!

  35. My gosh your pictures are really tempting!..I have bookmarked so many recipes..yet to make it myself..LOL on your conversation with your you said some things are best not to be clarified..:)

  36. Hey, just wandered to your Blog from somewhere.. Cute little space you have created here.. Love the pictures and the Bread.. I make this with Carmelised Onions.. yummy it is !!

    Glad to be your newest follower, will hop over again :)

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