Sunday, December 21, 2008

Focaccia, A Sunday Tradition

Pizza's inspiration came from focaccia, and so does mine. I find myself roaming the kitchen Sunday afternoons waiting to start up the Kitchen Aid. After many years this recipe has finally been perfected. For years I have been evading requests for my secret ingredient, but this is the season of giving, so here we go:


2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar

4-5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon salt

Add 1 tablespoon of yeast to warm water and sugar, stir. Let sit for 7 minutes (until foamy). Pour into mixer bowl, set to a medium speed, add balsamic and olive oil. Mix in one cup of flour at a time with salt until it forms into ball of dough. Dust a cutting board with flour and knead dough for 3 minutes. Transfer to large bowl, lightly coat with olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and layer small towel on top. Let rise in a warm area for 1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours. When dough becomes 2-3 times it's original size, take out and spread onto flour dusted cutting board until it fits into 11"x18"cookie sheet. Add whatever toppings you'd like, our favorites include: parmigiano cheese, onions, peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, olives. Or, you can keep it simple with rosemary. Bake at 475 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes, cut and enjoy!


  1. Now that's my kind of focaccia. Excellent recipe!

  2. Hi Pam, Thanks so much,I know you will enjoy this one! Just write for any tips if needed.

  3. this looks so delicious! I love focaccia!
    ...and yes you can add me to you're bloglist! Thank-you!
    Happy Holidays!!

  4. Hi Ash, The Focaccia tastes all as good as it looks!!
    I am so glad you like. Also, by your acceptance to my bloglist makes me happy! Happy Holidays.
    Enjoy, Chuck