When it comes to Italian breads undoubtedly Focaccia bread has to be the most famous one of all. But unless you’re in Italy most likely the Focaccia bread you and I have tried have not been what a real Focaccia bread is. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried what I call good look alike Focaccia, but a lot of them are dry, tasteless and hard, completely opposite of what a real Italian Foaccia bread suppose to be.
So this week I decided to share with you all what can be described as The Best Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe with Sun Blushed Tomatoes & Rosemary that anyone can make at home that comes with all the YUMMINESS, SOFTNESS and DELICIOUSNESS that a real Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe should have. The recipe is courtesy of my husband who comes from Calabria, South of Italy.
So you might say, Focaccia doesn’t come from the South of Italy in fact comes from Liguria in the North of Italy, so what does he knows! Well, not only he’s a really good cook, but, Calabrians as all Southern Italians really like their food, even more that Northern Italians dare I say it, they put a BIG effort in making everything they do super extra delicious, besides, what the world knows of Italian food and culture comes from the South of Italy not the North.
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR THIS RECIPE
1 baking stray
Stand alone mixer
(and I use my faithful Kitchen Aid Classic Mixer which I cannot recommend highly enough. I got it new from Amazons at £345 a lot cheaper than in any of the kitchen shops where I live or on-line)
1 Chopping board
Technical part over let’s go to the recipe, and you watch the step-by-step video recipe below which in my opinion always explains better any recipe than by just reading the steps don’t you think?
In this recipe you have the option of using either shop bought sun dried or sun blushed tomatoes, but, if you want to make it really delicious and in fact what I’m using are my very own Sun Blushed Tomatoes in the Oven that go extremely well with this Focaccia Bread Recipe. I published the recipe a while ago, do check it out because these tomatoes are really delicious, super easy to make and they work really really well in salads, canapes, with chicken and of course over Focaccia bread.
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This Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe with Sun Blushed Tomatoes & Rosemary comes with all the YUMMINESS, SOFTNESS and DELICIOUSNESS that a real Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe should have. Ready in 2.5 hours included proving once you make this recipe you'll hardly go back to shop bought.
- 650 gr Bread flour
- 360 ml Water
- 2 tsp Salt
- 4 tsp Dried yeast
- 80 ml Extra virgin olive oil + more for the tray and to poor over the dough
First activate the yeast by adding it to the 360ml warm water and set aside.
To the mixer bowl or to a bowl add 520gr of the flour, the olive oil, the yeast start to mix. If you're using a mixer start in the slowest setting then move to a medium speed.
Add the remaining 130gr of flour little by little whilst mixing. When the dough is at the right consistency, mixed but very sticky add the salt and mix for another 1 minutes.
Place the dough ball in a container with no flour or oil and leave to prove for 90 minutes o until doubled in size.
Once the dough has proved on a flat baking tray add approx 1/2 cup of olive oil plus more on your hands, then the dough ball and start to extend using your hands until the dough is just less than 1cm thick. Leave to rest for another 30 minutes.
Once rested add the sun blushed tomatoes and fresh rosemary which has been previously chopped very fine.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 15 minutes for a softer consistency or 20 minutes for a harder and golden brown texture.
- For this recipe I'm using the sun blushed tomatoes from the recipe I published a while ago, if you also want to use these sun blushed tomatoes CLICK HERE for the recipe.
FOCACCIA BREAD MAKING IS NOT YOUR THING
I get you! I will confess that I’m not the best when it comes to dough making, in fact, I’m terrified of making dough, despite what people say is not as easy as it looks if you want the bread to be soft, crusty and delicious. It doesn’t help if you made bread dough and it didn’t come out right, it just traumatises you.
What helped me to cope with my dough trauma was to throw myself into the deep end of dough making and try and try until the bread came out at least OK. And let me tell you there many uneatable breads!!
The other thing was to buy my faithful Kitchen Aid Classic Mixer . I know it might sound daft but it really helped me because I know no matter what the machine will mix the ingredients in the right way with no effort from my side whatsoever. You see, one of my problems is that I can’t mix the dough quick enough and hard enough to make it become one smooth dough ball, flour and water ran everywhere and couldn’t get it together.
Now with the machine everything stays in the bowl and the dough hook mixes everything whilst I’m adding ingredients according to the recipe or by eye. No mess and no hard work, if there is something I recommended all my friends was to get a stand alone mixer. By the way, I’ not paid by Kitchen Aid to promote their mixer although it might sound like.
OTHER TOPPINGS FOR FOCACCIA BREAD RECIPE
Really Focaccia bread can have any topping you like, of course the most traditional are sun blushed tomatoes and Rosemary as the this one and sea salt and herbs. But, you can put anything you like.
Sometimes I like to add lemon slices with thyme and rosemary, other times I go very Venezuelan and add sweet chillies and dried oregano, sometimes I just put fresh coriander and sea salt, really the options are endless.
So what I’m saying is just to be creative and experiment with the flavours you like! And the end of the day recipes are just ideas and is totally fine to adjust them to your taste and to what you like, there’s nothing set in stone when it comes to cooking.