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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Focaccia with Onion and Rosemary



A friend of mine let me borrow her Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book. This book is great!  Who doesn't love fresh baked bread?  I mean really, what isn't to love?  It is pretty much perfect.  The recipes in this book are really easy.  You start with a base recipe.  You spend about 5 minutes preparing that recipe.  Then you let it rise and fall over a couple of hours.  After that, you put it in the fridge until you are ready to make your bread.  It lasts for almost 2 weeks in the fridge!  The base recipe makes 4 pounds of dough (or 4 loaves of bread).  It could easily be halved. 

So far I have made 1 batch and used all 4 pounds.  All of the recipes have been wonderful!  This Focaccia was exactly how I think Focaccia should be.  Light, airy, full of flavor.  And Really, there was so little effort in making it.  I have made Focaccia before, and I remember it being lots of work!  Not this one!

Focaccia with Onion and Rosemary
Recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Printable Recipe 

1 pound dough (recipe to follow)
1/4 medium white onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbls Olive Oil, plus 1 tsp or drizzling
3/4 tsp dried rosemary
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line or grease a cookie sheet with a little olive oil.  You could use a baking stone instead.

Dust the surface of the refrigerated dough with flour and cut off 1 pound of dough.  Dust the piece with more flour.  Shape into ball, but stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides.  Flatten into a 1/2 in to 3/4 in thick round.  Place the round on your baking sheet.

Saute the onion slices in 2 Tbls olive oil, until softened, but not browned.  Place onions over the top of the dough.  Do not over crowd the dough, you will have left over onions.  Sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper.  Finish with a light drizzle of olive oil.

Allow the dough to rest and rise for 20 minutes.  Place in oven, and bake for about 25 minutes, depending on thickness.  The crust will be medium brown.  Cut and serve warm!

Olive Oil Dough
2 3/4 cups luke warm water
2 packets yeast
1 1/2 Tbls Kosher Salt
1 Tbls Sugar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
6 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Mix yeast, salt, sugar and olive oil with the water in a  large bowl that has a lid (not airtight).  I used my mixing bowl, and just fit with plastic wrap. 

Mix in the flour using the dough hook on your mixer.  Do not knead, stop when all the flour is mixed in.

Cover and allow to rest at room temperature until dough rises and collapses approx 2 hours. 

The dough can be used right a way, or refrigerate in lidded container for up to 12 days.  It is easier to handle when the dough is cold. 



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35 Comments:

At August 31, 2011 at 7:58 AM , Anonymous Kate said...

This looks delicious!I love rosemary and onion!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Pretty much terrified of baking...I always suck at it. This recipe though, it looks like even I might be able to pull it off :) Buzzed!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Delicious looking bread! I've heard nothing but great things about this cookbook and the bread it produces. I'll have to make this soon!!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 9:21 AM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I just love using rosemary on focaccia bread! I'm a big fan of the olive oil dough from this book!! Yummy!!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 9:34 AM , Blogger briarrose said...

I always hear such good things about that book. :) Beautiful bread.

 
At August 31, 2011 at 10:06 AM , Blogger Elies_Lie said...

I loves fresh homemade bread!
Looks so yummy too!
Tq for sharing the recipe ;)

 
At August 31, 2011 at 10:12 AM , Anonymous amy @ fearless homemaker said...

this looks delicious! i've actually never tried making focaccia but i absolutely love it so it might be time to try!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Audra said...

Beautiful looking bread! I can't believe it only takes 5 minutes to make that dough!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM , Blogger Christina @ This Woman Cooks! said...

I absoutely love that you shared this. Exactly what I've been looking for. :)

 
At August 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM , Anonymous Kristy said...

This looks delicious! I was craving bread for lunch today...

 
At August 31, 2011 at 1:29 PM , Anonymous Alida said...

We are huge fans of focaccia in this house, but I've never made it. This recipe looks so easy, I have to give it a try. Love the onion and rosemary flavors!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

This is wonderful! I love focaccia bread, I think it is under used. Yours looks absolutely yummy with the rosemary and onion :-)

 
At August 31, 2011 at 3:31 PM , Anonymous Reem | Simply Reem said...

Lovely!!!! There are very few things as comforting as homemade bread. This looks perfect... Delicious, rosemary and onions.........
Wonderful.....

 
At August 31, 2011 at 4:01 PM , Anonymous janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Looks amazing Erin! As usual. I can never find good focaccia at the store. Now I don't need to :-D

 
At August 31, 2011 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

You read my mind, Erin! This is the exact same bread I was planning to make next week. Glad to see it worked well for you. I love that book!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Ali B said...

I can't believe this bread only took 5 minutes to assemble! Whenever I think of making bread I think of kneading it for hours over a floured surface. I'm definitely going to have to try this, maybe with garlic instead of onion though.

 
At August 31, 2011 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

I love how you made this focaccia, Erin! Very creative using onions and rosemary..must be so aromatic! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful evening!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 7:14 PM , Blogger Janice said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 7:23 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I absolutely focaccia bread. Rosemary is one of my favorites so this caught my attention for sure. It sounds so good, I'll be trying it soon!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Oh, I think I need to buy this book!!! What fabulous focaccis~

 
At August 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM , Blogger JamieAnne of A Dash of Domestic said...

Looks amazing!

 
At August 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM , Blogger Ann said...

This looks amazing - I'll have to check out the book. I LOVE to make bread and focaccia is one of my faves!

 
At September 1, 2011 at 1:00 AM , OpenID momdecuisine said...

My mouth is watering! My next stop is to Amazon to order this cook book!

 
At September 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM , Blogger MrsJenB said...

I have been hearing about that book for ages now and I swear I keep meaning to buy it - clearly I need to if that focaccia is one of the possible results! I love making my own bread so this seems like a no-brainer.

I'm so glad I found you today! :)

 
At September 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Eftychia said...

Delicious bread recipe. Thanks for sharing.

 
At September 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM , Blogger dinnerordessert said...

This bread look delicious! I have been wanting to make homemade bread for awhile now but am too lazy to pull out the bread maker so this is the perfect solution.

 
At September 1, 2011 at 7:17 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

That is a remarkably lovely focaccia! Easy and quick too, it doesn't get any better than that.

 
At September 1, 2011 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

One of my all time favorite books! I got it for Christmas and have made so many things from it. The bagels are da bomb! You will never buy store bought bagels again!

 
At September 1, 2011 at 9:48 PM , Blogger Christine's Pantry said...

Love this. Thanks for sharing.

 
At September 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

I totally was hoping to find a copy of that book at the Borders sale! This bread looks amazing Erin!

 
At September 2, 2011 at 9:42 PM , Anonymous Kimby said...

This will make some great sandwiches over the weekend -- or "as is." Sometimes you just need to get your hands in bread dough! (I love bread, too...)

 
At September 4, 2011 at 3:24 PM , Anonymous zerrin said...

I love the smell of bread when it's baking in oven. I feel that our home is a real home with full of love then. Maybe because its smell reminds me of my childhood. And this focaccia will be on top of my list to be baked next weekend. Thanks for sharing!

 
At September 4, 2011 at 10:03 PM , Anonymous Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

I've heard such good things about that book. I recently bought Tartine Bread, but unless you want a PHD in bread, it's WAY too in depth. Just reading through one recipe takes all night and feels like cramming for a mid-term!

 
At September 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous Lacy said...

this looks amazing! i am definitely trying this, maybe throw on some sliced tomatoes too...yummm. i have a horrible addiction to all things made from dough ;)

 
At September 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM , Blogger Holly Henry said...

A glass of wine and this bread is all I need! Awesome once again Erin!

 

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