Michael's Foccacia Bread

    1 hour

    This version of the classic is easy to make while remaining authentic and true to the original. This may be the fastest yeast bread you make; it takes only one hour from conception to completion. Romano or Asiago cheese are nice to use instead of Parmesan cheese.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 tablespoon (15ml) honey
    • 2 cups (500ml) warm water
    • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon (15ml) extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
    • 5 cups (750g) plain flour, or as needed
    • 3 tablespoons (45ml) extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
    • 1/4 cup (20g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:20min proofing  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Dissolve honey in the warm water in a large bowl, then sprinkle yeast over the top. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to foam. Stir in 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, onions, and 5 cups of flour until the dough comes together. Knead on a well floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 20 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 215 degrees C (415 degrees F).
    3. Place dough onto oiled baking tray, and flatten to cover the whole tray evenly. Use the tips of your fingers to make indentations all over the dough spaced about 2.5cm apart. Drizzle the focaccia with 3 tablespoons olive oil, then sprinkle rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and remaining 1 tablespoon of kosher salt over the top. Let rise for 10 minutes
    4. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes until golden brown.

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    Hi everyone, this is my recipe, and I wanted to say thanks for the generally positive reviews and to offer an explanation for the issue of saltiness. First off, this recipe is designed to be on the salty side, but certainly not to the degree of being offensive. As kosher salt is called for remember kosher salt contains less salt per teaspoon, and different brands of salt vary further. I also made a mistake in writing out the recipe, because while I measure the 1 Tbsp salt in the dough, I just sprinkle some on top without measuring it. When I typed up the recipe I think I put something like "1/2 - 1 Tbsp," but Allrecipes doesn't like varied ammounts so they chose the upper limit when they edited this recipe. Just use what you want on top, but I do recommend the 1 Tbsp kosher in the dough. As a note, they edited the recipe quite a lot. I think the entire "directions" section is unrecognizable as something I would write, and the ingredients have mostly just been standardized (like saying 1/2 c. onion, rather than 1 small onion) and defined (like saying 3 Tbsp olive oil instead of "some more olive oil"). I appologize if the one hour claim is a bit optimistic. It can be done if you have particularly happy yeast or are in a hurry, but I realize often it takes longer. Obviously everyone has figured out the possibilities of inclusions, and I will let you in on one of my all time favorites: kalamata olives. I still make this all the time, but often just onionless dough for pizza.  -  05 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great recipe. I changed 2 things. First was I used 2 1/2 cups of a.p. flour and semolina for the remainder. It seemed to me that raw onion may come out a little strong for my family's taste buds so I sauteed them first. I drained them and cooled them prior to adding to the recipe. Everyone thought this one of the best recipes they have tasted in a long time.  -  04 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This would of been great if it wasn't ruined by too much salt in the topping! I did as the recipe states and added 1 tablespoon of salt sprinkled ontop, along with olive oil and parmesan cheese.This totally ruined the bread because it was way too salty! Other than that, it is a good recipe. Very easy. I omitted the onion and used garlic powder. I baked it on parchment paper instead of an oiled sheet, much easier clean up that way. I will try this again, but will use 1 teaspoon of salt ontop next time. UPDATE-- I made this again and used about 1 tsp of salt in the topping instead of 1 Tbls. Much better! I will be making this quite often!  -  24 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)