October 19, 2010

Parmesan and Herb Focaccia

Truth be told, I've eaten pizza just about every day for almost a week.  For the FoodBuzz Pizza Challenge I really wanted to make my own dough which I had never done before.  Last week was filled with experiments focusing on rising.  Today, I had the last of the dough in my fridge and I didn't want to just throw it away so I decided to make a straight focaccia to go along with the pasta dinner we had!  ** WARNING ** This bread is addictive, before we knew it, the whole thing was gone!!
I'm so happy I didn't just scrap the remaining dough!  It turned out a beautiful round of bread just in time for dinner!  This time, when I put the dough in my pan, I pressed rosemary, thyme, pepper and salt into the dimples instead of pizza sauce.  I let the dough cook almost all the way before I put some parmesan shavings on top.  Ten minutes before the focaccia was finished, I topped it with the cheese and place it back in the oven.  When it was finished I sprinkled a bit more for good measure.
You can find the basic focaccia recipe here, it also made for an awesome pizza.  After conquering this I want to try some other breads, I'm thinking a great raisin bread for the fall.  On the cooler mornings, I love a piece of toasted raisin bread with melted butter and a cup of coffee!
Perhaps in the past I haven't had great focaccia.  The ones that I have had tend to be a little on the dense side.  This is anything but dense.  The crust is delicate yet crunchy and the interior is fluffy.  Although I was tempted, I didn't even spread butter on the warm bread when it came out of the oven!  It has a beautiful butter flavor all on its own - I guess from the olive oil.
I hope you've enjoyed reading about focaccia!  I'm having a ton of fun putting together these posts! If you like my FoodBuzz Blogger Challenge posts please vote to keep me in the competition & also feel free to comment! I love reading your thoughts and suggestions.


  1. the texture of your focaccia looks amazing! why buy store bought stuff when you have this?

  2. This looks great! It wouldn't last long in our house either!

  3. love focaccia- good recipe- bookmarked it!

  4. Lauren, the raisin bread suggestion sounds fantastic. For me just add some cinnamon and sugar along with those plump raisins and I can taste it now with a great morning coffee.

  5. This Focaccia looks delicious! will definitely try this recipe soon.

  6. Anonymous9.11.10

    this looks really tasty- something I'd def eat with fresh mozzarella and tomato bruschetta (accompanied with a balsamic reduction maybe!) or a good extra virgin olive oil. Yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Thanks for the warning, I am ready to be addicted!

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