:: Red Onion and Garlic Focaccia

April 29, 2009 at 10:58 am 11 comments

Red Onion and Garlic Focaccia

Good homemade bread never fails to impress. There is just a freshness that you can’t compare to storebought, plus the the smell of a freshly baked loaf wafting around the house, just can’t be beaten!

Makes 2 focaccia loaves.
750g of strong white flour.
2 teaspoons of salt.
15fl oz of lukewarm water.
1 x 7g sachet of dry yeast.
2 tablespoons of olive oil.
For the topping:
2 tablespoons of olive oil.
4 garlic cloves, very finely minced.
1 red onion, sliced into half moon pieces.

Place the flour and salt in a large bowl and with the back of a spoon make a well. Pour the water into the well, and stir through the yeast and oil. Allow to stand for 10 minutes and then slowly combine the wet ingredients with the flour, incorporating in small amounts at a time, until a dough forms. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead for 4-5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Oil the mixing bowl, place the dough back in, cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes to an hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Punch down the dough and knead for a further 2-3 minutes. Seperate the dough into two pieces and form into a flat rectangular bread, place into two oiled baking trays. Mix the garlic with the olive oil and spread over the surface of the the bread dough. Poke parts of the dough with your thumb and then pres the onions on top. Place in an oven at 220oC/425oF/Gas Mark 7 for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness.  When the bread is done drizzle with a little extra olive oil and enjoy!


Entry filed under: bread, flour, garlic, red onion, yeast.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stacey Snacks  |  April 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Glad you’re back!
    I was missing your posts and great photos!

  • 2. Treehouse Chef  |  April 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Oh this looks yummy! Great combination of flavors!

  • 3. Heather  |  April 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    This recipe looks so good! I can hardly wait to try it. I can hardly wait for your book.

  • 4. Anonymous  |  April 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    i’m sure that you meant 7.5g of yeast and not 75g???

  • 5. Hayley  |  April 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    This looks wonderful! I love caramelized onions on anything. Thanks for sharing!

  • 6. Amanda  |  April 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Ohhhhhh yum! That looks so good!

  • 7. Christine S.  |  April 30, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Donal! You’re back! I missed your posts, but I do hope you had a great time traveling around. I hope you’ll tell us all about it. This looks fantastic. As soon as exams are over I’m making it. 🙂

  • 8. The Food Hunter  |  May 4, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Looks great.

  • 9. Marc  |  May 5, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Hey made this yesterday… tasty… Came out very well. Make sure you don’t go light on the onion, because they taste incredible all crispy on the bread.

    Also in the recipe you say “mix through the yeast and oil” I assume you mean in the water in the well and then leave that for 10 minutes before mixing with the flour? You’ll need a deep well as it’s a lot of water!

  • 10. adel  |  May 8, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Very savoury!!Nice!

  • 11. Culinary Cory  |  May 9, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    There’s nothing like good homemade bread to fill the house with warmth and comfort.


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