Summer is the perfect time to play with the yeast with ambient temperature so high one need not worry about the perfect proofing unlike winters when proofing the dough sometimes take quite a long time. Last week with some black olives in hand I decided to create this yeast giant, which I wanted to do since the summer’s arrived. Roasted Onion, Garlic, and Rosemary Focaccia is one of the best bread recipes that happened in my kitchen. So flavorsome, airy and perfectly crusty. All you need is a good pesto or flavored oil to accompany this bread.
Focaccia the easiest bread to create at home, is the gift of Italy’s Liguria region to the culinary world, as the people of this area have a distinct talent for making virtue out of necessity, they devised a solution to the local bread problem that was as clever as it was tasty and hence focaccia was born.
Past few weeks I have hardly spent a day or two with my blog. The tight work schedule holding me back the and some old friends and family members came to see us after a long time. But in between whenever I got the chance I created and clicked to keep myself motivated and energetic in the midst of the chaos. Hence, this gorgeous garlic and rosemary focaccia happened. The aroma of this deadly combination filled the air of my kitchen with so much deliciousness.
Earlier sometime in 2013, I posted Onion, Tomato and Mushroom Focaccia which was full of toppings but this time I decided to go for bold and herbs flavors. So garlic and rosemary were obvious choices but yea caramelized onion was the last minute twist and it added whole new dimension to the topping.
Roasted Onion, Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia
Roasted Onion, Garlic, and Rosemary Focaccia is one of the best bread recipes that happened in my kitchen.
For the dough
4 Cups all purpose flour +¼ Cup flour for dusting
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 ½ cup lukewarm water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
For the topping
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
5 – 6 cloves of garlic
1/4 Cup sun dried tomato
1 Jalapeño, seeded and chopped
10 black olives, pitted and quartered
1 tbsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
In a bowl activate the yeast by combining it with ½ cup lukewarm water and sugar. Stir gently to dissolve. Let stand 3 minutes or until the foam appears.
Sift together flour and salt in a large bowl. Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil. Make well in the center of the flour and add activated yeast. Slowly adding little water at a time try to form a dough.
Dump the dough mixture onto a lightly flour dusted surface and begin to knead with the heels of your hand. Knead for about 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Form the dough into a round and place in an oiled bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap or damp towel and let it rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the ambient temperature. This stage is called proofing.
Once the dough is doubled and domed, turn it out onto the lightly flour dusted counter. Roll and stretch the dough out to an round shape about 1/2-inch thick. Lay the flattened dough on the greased 9 inch round pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, to prepare topping coat a small saute pan with olive oil, add the onion, and cook over low heat for 15 minutes until the onions caramelize.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Uncover the dough and make dimples with your fingertips. Brush the surface with more olive oil and then add caramelized onions, garlic, olives, sun dried tomato, jalapeno, salt, pepper, and rosemary.
Bake on the bottom rack for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Let it cool down completely at room temperature before slicing.