Garlic Tomato Focaccia is a real savory treat and was perfect served alongside a charcuterie board for our last dinner party. Even though there were so many yummy snacks, these were the first thing to go and everyone loved them! The recipe I used was from a cookbook I got from some friends for my birthday called Sugar High by Nicole Hampton. It's a high altitude cookbook and everything I've made out of it has turned out great the first time around, which is really rare!
Below, you will find what I did with this recipe, which is very similar to the original. I only added rosemary and black pepper and drizzled the top with a little more olive oil before baking. The flavor of the olive oil goes so well with the bread and the other ingredients.
Garlic Tomato Focaccia Instructions
- In a large bowl, add water, milk, sugar and yeast. Let stand for about 5 minutes or until the yeast comes to life. You will know this happened when the yeast looks "foamy"
- Add a dough hook to your mixer.
- To the bowl, add olive oil, salt and flour.
- Mix until dough comes together, and is still slightly sticky.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Knead by hand for one minute until dough forms a tight ball.
- Oil a large bowl, place dough into bowl then cover with plastic wrap. Let dough proof for 1-2 hours. You'll know dough is ready once it's doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 450° after dough has risen.
- Remove dough from bowl and split in half. On a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper, spread out the two pieces of dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
- Press the dough with your fingers so it is "dimpled"
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, crush the spreadable garlic with a bit of olive oil and slice tomatoes. Mince rosemary.
- Once dough is ready again, brush garlic mixture evenly over dough then sprinkle with rosemary. Add sliced tomatoes then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Cut into your preferred shape and serve warm!
Focaccia bread can be made with all kinds of different flavors. If you don't like tomatoes, you can swap out your toppings to anything that sounds good to you. In the past, I've made asparagus, bacon and parmesan focaccia. Red onion and sautéed mushroom, olive oil with herbs or even olive and sun dried tomatoes! Experiment with flavors until you create magic! Anything goes in your kitchen!
Garlic Tomato Focaccia makes a great starter, side dish or snack! However you decide to serve this, you'll be very happy! I mean... Who doesn't love bread?! Thank you all for baking with me!