Focaccia is a flat leavened oven-baked Italian bread, similar in style and texture to pizza; in some places, it is called pizza bianca. Focaccia can be served as a side dish or as sandwich bread and it can be round, rectangular, or square shape.
Focaccia al rosmarino (‘focaccia with rosemary’) is topped with rosemary. It may be served as an antipasto, table bread, or snack. Whole or sliced fresh rosemary leaves may be used, as can dried rosemary. It may be garnished with sprigs of fresh rosemary after baking and sprinkled with salt. Potato rosemary focaccia is often called “potato pizza” in New York City.
Why do people like Focaccia
Focaccia is a flat-leavened oven-baked Italian bread that resembles pizza in style and texture. Therefore, people sometimes refer to it as “Pizza Bianca.” Focaccia can be round, rectangular, or square in shape, and you can eat it as a side dish or sandwich bread. In addition, focaccia is fragrant, warm, moist, somewhat chewy, and gratifying. People use it in various ways to produce gourmet family meals.
Focaccia bread goes well with meat, cheese, soups, and other dishes. In addition, focaccia in a sweet variant can act as a dessert or breakfast substitute for toast. You can also consume it independently.
Like pizza dough, Focaccia comprises flour, oil, water, yeast, and salt as the main ingredients. However, it is baked with more yeast than pizza dough, allowing it to rise more and form a fluffier, bread-like loaf. Before baking, focaccias get pierced to retain more moisture.
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Ingredients that go into Focaccia
- Warm water: Since we are working with active dry yeast in this recipe, it’s important that we use warm water to dissolve it. I highly recommend using a cooking thermometer to double-check the temperature of the water if possible. (It should be around 110°F.)
- Sugar or honey: Whichever you have on hand, to give the bread a hint of sweetness and help to activate the yeast.
- Active dry yeast: You will need one packet (or 2.25 teaspoons) to make this focaccia bread.
- Flour: Basic all-purpose flour will be great!
- Olive oil: Some of which we will mix into the actual bread dough, plus extra for drizzling on top once the focaccia has baked.
- Flaky sea salt: Some of which we will mix into the actual bread dough, plus extra for sprinkling on top of the dough before baking. If you don’t have flaky sea salt on hand, you can use fine sea salt, but be sure to reduce the amount by half so that the bread isn’t too salty.
- Fresh rosemary: To sprinkle on top of the dough and add that delicious earthy rosemary flavor. (Feel free to finely chop the fresh rosemary if you would like smaller rosemary sprinkles.)
How to cook Focaccia
- Proof the yeast. In the warm water and sugar. (I highly recommend using a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water, so that it is not too hot or too cold.)
- Knead the dough*. Gradually add in the flour, olive oil and salt. Then knead for 5 minutes using the dough attachment or a stand mixer, or knead the dough by hand.
- First dough rise. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased mixing bowl, and cover with a damp towel. Let the dough rest in a warm location for 45-60 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
- Second dough rise. Shape the dough into a large circle or rectangle until that the dough is about 1/2-inch thick*. Cover and let the dough continue to rise for another 20 minutes.
- Prepare the dough. Heat oven to 400°F. Transfer the dough to a large parchment-covered baking sheet (or press it into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish). Use your fingers to poke deep dents — like seriously, poke all the way down until you touch the baking sheet — all over the surface of the dough. Then drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil evenly all over the top of the dough, and sprinkle evenly with the fresh rosemary needles and sea salt.
- Bake. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the dough is slightly golden and cooked through.
- Serve. Remove from the oven, and drizzle with a little more olive oil if desired. Slice, and serve warm.
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What can Focaccia be served together with
- 2 – Salad.
- 3 – Broccoli.
- 4 – Hummus Dip.
- 5 – Eggs.
- 6 – Mashed Potatoes.
- 7 – Braised Greens.
Other popular Italian food
Besides Focaccia, there are other Italian food dishes that are highly popular in Singapore and around the world. Below is a list of some of the most mentioned ones:
- Bagna Cauda
- Fritto misto piemontese
- Gelato (Ice cream)
- I formaggi ( the Cheeses)
- Il Tartufo (The Truffle)
- Olive Ascolante (Ascoli olives)
- Panzerotto fritto (Fried Panzerotto)
- Pesto Alla Genovese
- Prosciutto di Parma (Parma Ham)
- Sardine in Saor
- Tortelli and Ravioli