Three flavour focaccia

foccaccia

Serves 10

  • For the dough

  • 400 g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 100 g fine ground semolina flour or strong white bread flour

  • sea salt

  • 1 sachet dried yeast

  • ½ tablespoon golden caster sugar

  • 300 ml water, lukewarm

  • olive oil

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 red onions, finely sliced

  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • For the basil and cherry tomato topping

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked

  • 1 large handful ripe cherry tomatoes, halved

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • white wine vinegar

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

  • For the three-cheese and rosemary topping

  • 30 g Taleggio cheese

  • 1 small log goat's cheese

  • 1 handful Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves picked

Place the flours and ½ tablespoon of sea salt into a large bowl, and make a well in the middle. Add the yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, and mix with a fork. Leave this for a few minutes and, when it starts to foam, slowly pour it into the well, mixing with a fork as you go.



As soon as all the ingredients come together, which may take a minute or so, knead vigorously for around 5 minutes until you have a smooth, springy, soft dough.



Lightly oil a large bowl with some olive oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. Dust with a little extra flour, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes until doubled in size.



While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7 and prepare the toppings.



For the balsamic onion topping, fry the sliced onions and thyme leaves in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, reduce for a minute or two, then leave to cool.



For the basil and cherry tomato topping, roughly chop the basil leaves and pop them into a bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a tiny splash of white wine vinegar. Add the garlic and mix it all.



To cook the focaccia, as soon as the dough has risen, pound it then place on a baking tray and spread it out to cover the tray. Push down roughly on top of the dough like a piano to make lots of rough dips and wells.



Divide the onion and the tomato toppings over two thirds of the focaccia. For the three-cheese and rosemary topping, break up the Taleggio and the goat's cheese over the remaining third of the focaccia. Sprinkle over the grated Parmesan and rosemary leaves and season with pepper. Finish with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Leave to prove for a further 20 minutes then bake for 20 minutes, until golden on top and soft in the middle.

Nutritional Information

Three flavour focaccia

With balsamic onion, tomato & basil and three cheese & rosemary

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This focaccia recipe is an absolute doddle and you can have great fun playing with the toppings
Serves 10
1h 05m (plus proving time)
Super easy
Method

This focaccia is not fussy. It's the kind of thing you can get excited about making on a Saturday afternoon. I often throw the ingredients in a food processor, whiz it up then leave it overnight. This bread, along with some lovely salad and cold leftover chicken, would also make a great dinner.

Place the flours and ½ tablespoon of sea salt into a large bowl, and make a well in the middle. Add the yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, and mix with a fork. Leave this for a few minutes and, when it starts to foam, slowly pour it into the well, mixing with a fork as you go.

As soon as all the ingredients come together, which may take a minute or so, knead vigorously for around 5 minutes until you have a smooth, springy, soft dough.

Lightly oil a large bowl with some olive oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. Dust with a little extra flour, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes until doubled in size.

While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7 and prepare the toppings.

For the balsamic onion topping, fry the sliced onions and thyme leaves in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, reduce for a minute or two, then leave to cool.

For the basil and cherry tomato topping, roughly chop the basil leaves and pop them into a bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a tiny splash of white wine vinegar. Add the garlic and mix it all.

To cook the focaccia, as soon as the dough has risen, pound it then place on a baking tray and spread it out to cover the tray. Push down roughly on top of the dough like a piano to make lots of rough dips and wells.

Divide the onion and the tomato toppings over two thirds of the focaccia. For the three-cheese and rosemary topping, break up the Taleggio and the goat's cheese over the remaining third of the focaccia. Sprinkle over the grated Parmesan and rosemary leaves and season with pepper. Finish with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Leave to prove for a further 20 minutes then bake for 20 minutes, until golden on top and soft in the middle.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 303
    15%
  • Carbs 34.0g
    13%
  • Sugar 2.0g 2%
  • Fat 11.9g 17%
  • Saturates 3.5g 18%
  • Protein 9.9g 22%
Of an adult's reference intake

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