Wednesday 19 March 2014

Three Flavoured Focaccia

Jamie Oliver claims that this focaccia is not fussy as in its pretty easy and straight forward - and I'm pretty much inclined to believe him as I've tried several of his recipes to great success. . Like Jamie, I made this one lazy weekend afternoon for dinner that evening.

I didn't even bother with my breadmaker as I'm usually quite lazy and would prefer not to hand knead anything. Since this only need five minutes of arm power, I decided to do so. It wasn't too bad after all! Very soon the focaccia was ready to proof and I set about making the toppings. I didn't follow his recipe for the toppings exactly and I made some substitutions yet it was still great! The caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes and cheese toppings went very well with the soft, fluffy focaccia bread. 

The great thing about the this focaccia is that you actually get to eat three different flavours all at once. My family really enjoyed this recipe and I'd be sure to do it again soon. 

Three Flavour Focaccia (1 12 inch by 10 inch tray)
Recipe by Jamie Oliver

For the dough
  • 400 g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100 g fine ground semolina flour or strong white bread flour
  • sea salt
  • 1 sachet dried yeast (2 1/4 tsp of instant yeas)
  • ½ tablespoon golden caster sugar
  • 300 ml water, lukewarm
  • olive oil
Onion topping
  • 2 red onions, finely sliced (I used white)
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Basil and cherry tomato topping
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked
  • 1 large handful ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
For the three-cheese and rosemary topping
  • 30 g Taleggio cheese
  • 1 small log goat's cheese
  • 1 handful Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves picked

1. Dough
  •  Place the flours and ½ tablespoon of sea salt into a large bowl, and make a well in the middle. Add the yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, and mix with a fork. Leave this for a few minutes and, when it starts to foam, slowly pour it into the well, mixing with a fork as you go.
  • As soon as all the ingredients come together, which may take a minute or so, knead vigorously for around 5 minutes until you have a smooth, springy, soft dough.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl with some olive oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. Dust with a little extra flour, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes until doubled in size.
  • While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7 and prepare the toppings (I baked at 190°C).
2. Prepare the toppings -
  • Onion Topping: For the balsamic onion topping, fry the sliced onions and thyme leaves in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, reduce for a minute or two, then leave to cool.
  • Basil and cherry tomato topping: Roughly chop the basil leaves and pop them into a bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a tiny splash of white wine vinegar. Add the garlic and mix it all.
3.  Back to the dough
  • To cook the focaccia, as soon as the dough has risen, pound it then place on a baking tray and spread it out to cover the tray. Push down roughly on top of the dough like a piano to make lots of rough dips and wells.
  • Divide the onion and the tomato toppings over two thirds of the focaccia. 
  • For the three-cheese and rosemary topping, break up the Taleggio and the goat's cheese over the remaining third of the focaccia. Sprinkle over the grated Parmesan and rosemary leaves and season with pepper. Finish with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. 
  • Leave to prove for a further 20 minutes then bake for 20 minutes, until golden on top and soft in the middle.
This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours, Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Mich of Piece of Cake.


  1. Wow, isnt this a good treat? Three flavours in one....this is indeed satisfying.

  2. 3-in-1 sounds great to me! Lovely focaccia, Mich! I love eating focaccia and have been thinking of making some lately! Great for lunch or afternoon snacking with the family!

  3. I love focacia Mich and this look beautiful!! Love the pics!!

  4. Great idea for all the three flavors...beautiful picture Mich!
    Hope you are enjoying your week :D

  5. I LOVE focaccia also Mich but shamefully, I have never, ever made it myself. (talk about lazy:) I love that this is a three in one dish. I'd love a sample of each please, lol...Thanks for sharing, Mich...

  6. Hi Mich,

    You only knead this focaccia with 5 mins and it looks so amazing soft and delicious! 3 flavours in one! Everything sounds so amazing in this recipe! :D


  7. Beautiful picture and delicious focaccia!

  8. I don't know why I have not thought of baking focaccia with toppings, I always just sprinkle some herbs, salt and olive oil, yours looks so yummy with the choices of toppings to choose from...I would take the cheese part:D

  9. Was it you who once told me that every now and then will crave for focaccia? This multiple choice topping of focaccia is certainly a marvellous recipe to use, it's like one stone kills 3 birds, haha.

  10. That's a meal in a tray! Beautiful!

  11. What a delicious looking focaccia and the combination flavour sounds fantastic too. I would like to invite you to join my latest event called the 'International Yeasted Recipe', by submitting this recipe to the linky tool. Hope to see you there soon.
    Enjoy & have a great day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  12. ah wow, this is such a wonderful idea of having 3 flavours in one bake!

  13. Hi Mich, this is so beautiful and tempting. Cheers :)

  14. Mich your foccacia bread looks very delicious indeed!

  15. Delicious looking foccacia bread, it looks delicious! And three flavoured? You are genius :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. That's a nice variety of toppings you used there :) Looks really good.

  17. WOW! I love the 3 flavoured toppings! Looks so delicious to eat :)

  18. This does sound good! Love the different toppings.

  19. Love the idea of the 3 flavours. Makes it much more interesting than the classic one. Looks perfectly risen too. Well done Mich!

  20. Mich, you are tempting me to give this a try too.. maybe i will.. lovely!

  21. Hi Mich. This looks beautiful and delicious!

  22. Hi Mich, your focaccia looks yummy. I love how you have 2 separate topping. Something to please everyone's taste.

  23. Saving this - great recipe for kids playdate! I've seen many focaccia recipes before, but none of them were 3-flavor. So easy to do, but didn't think about that. This is more fun and I love to have choices (especially kids do...). :)

  24. Mich, thanks so much for submitting this beautiful bread at the 'International Yeasted Recipe' event. Looking forward to more deliciousness from your kitchen.
    Hope you're going to have a fabulous week ahead dear.

  25. Amo esta focaccia ideal y sabrosa,abrazos

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