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Valentine’s Focaccia

Focaccia CollageI wanted to surprise my roommate with something for Valentine’s Day this year.  Since I’ve been in a bread making phase, lately – I tried my hand at focaccia.  I had some caramelized onions left over from tea sandwiches I’d made.  So, I decided to make a caramelized onion, tomato, & rosemary focaccia.  This recipe worked out great for me: recipe.  Since it was Valentine’s Day, I decided to use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to cut pieces of the red and yellow heirloom tomatoes I’d bought.  It added a festive touch to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (1/4 Oz. Packet) Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 2-½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ cups Plus 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, Divided
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt, Divided
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 whole Medium Tomato, Cut Into 1/4-inch Slices
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary, Needles Removed From Stem
  • ⅓ cups (packed) Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Mix warm water, honey, and active dry yeast in a bowl and let it rest for about 10  minutes until you see bubbles at the top
  2. Meanwhile, in a larger mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and 1/4th cup of olive oil
  3. Add in the yeast/water mixture and knead into a ball (I did this for about 10-12 minutes)
  4. Put the ball of dough in a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and leave it in a warm place for about an hour
  5. The dough should rise to about twice its size.  After an hour, punch the dough so it flattens and let it rest for another 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  7. Spread the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet to your desired size
  8. Using your knuckles, poke holes in the dough
  9. Brush the dough with 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  10. Add caramelized onions, tomatoes, and rosemary
  11. Top with parmesan cheese, and salt/pepper to taste
  12. Bake for 20 minutes

Here are photos from my process!

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This entry was posted on February 18, 2013 by in Focaccia, Food, Valentine's Day.

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