This delicious focaccia recipe is made under an hour and is flavored with cherry tomatoes and rosemary. It makes a wonderful appetizer for parties or dinners
Focaccia Recipe With Tomato And Rosemary
Focaccia is an Italian flatbread, similar to a pizza that is topped with a variety of ingredients and cut into sticks, squares or rectangles.
The flavor and texture for this appetizer come from a generous dousing of olive oil before and after it is baked.
Yesterday I was shopping in the supermarket and noticed a package that contained beautiful cherry tomatoes in a variety of flavors. Instantly, I knew they were going to top my focaccia.
The rosemary gives it a nice flavor and a delightful aroma.
If you’re a novice baker or have never used yeast before, this focaccia recipe is a great way to start. The dough only requires 5 easy ingredients, flour, water, salt, yeast and olive oil.
And it only requires one rise. So there’s no way to mess this one up since the dough is so forgiving.
Keep in mind that you can top it with any other ingredient you may like: cheese, veggies, fruit, arugula, nuts, etc. It’s a great way to vary your focaccia recipe by season. You can even use this dough for pizza.
You can also make a dessert one by reducing the amount of salt and adding fruit spread on top.
The way to serve focaccia is to cut them into sticks and have your guest dip in olive oil, marinara sauce or even as a flavored bread to serve with pasta.
You can even make a focaccia sandwich with some mozzarella and charcuterie in the middle. Yum.
As many of you know, I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in June. During the event, I was able to sample Capatriti Extra Virgin Olive Oil and learn not only about the brand but also the process of collecting the olives and pressing them into oil.
Unlike many other brands, Capatriti Extra Virgin Olive Oil is 100% pure and it has earned the USDA Quality Monitoring seal (very few makers have earned this).
When you taste Capatriti, you’ll notice a full flavor that is perfect for this focaccia recipe and also salad dressings, dips and more.
- 2 1/2 cups Bread Flour you may use all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 cup of water at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 6 oz of cherry tomatoes in all colors
- Springs of fresh rosemary
In a mixer fitted with a dough hook place the flour, yeast and salt together
Add the olive oil and water
Mix using the dough hook on medium speed until the dough is elastic and soft. About 6-7 minutes
Remove dough from mixer and place in an oiled bowl
Cover bowl with plastic wrapping paper and a damp tea towel
Heat a cup of water in the microwave until it starts boiling
Open the microwave door, move the cup of water to the back and place the bowl with the dough in the middle
Close the microwave door and let the dough proof for 20 minutes (dough should double its size). DO NOT TURN ON THE MICROWAVE - this is my quick magic method for bread proofing
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
After 20 minutes remove the dough from the microwave and place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper
With your hands shape the dough into a square
Make indentations all over the rectangle using your thumb or the back of a spoon
Generously brush olive oil all over the focaccia. Don't be stingy!
Press the tomatoes inside the indentations of the dough
Sprinkle the rosemary
Add salt and pepper
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden
Remove from oven, cut into your desired shape and serve