Onion and Tomato Focaccia

Posted: April 15, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Baking, Bread, Dinner, Italian
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Focaccia is a flat oven baked Italian bread which is seasoned with olive oil, herbs and other ingredients of your choice. It looks similar to pizza but called Focaccia. The inside texture is soft, and light to touch where as the outside is crispy and golden brown.Since it’s baked at high temperature which gives a crunchy golden brown bottom.You can use focaccia bread dough as pizza dough too or can be used a sandwich breads.

Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

This is the first time I have made bread from the scratch, although I’m not of a yeast-bread baking expert yet but this time this really turned out great and gorgeous looking.

Also, making bread requires a lot of patience and time which is really worth it at the end. Hence don’t try to rush this recipe, give plenty of time to rise. You may have to plan ahead if you are going to bake this bread as it requires at least 2 hours to rise properly. At this stage, it’s good to let it rise for as long as you can. The puffier it gets the more soft it bakes up. Since I am a person who will check every minute or so, to see whether the yeast is working or not, so what I do is I go out for shopping or to the park with my son in this way my dough gets plenty of time to rise without any disturbance and peeking… 🙂

Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia


  • 2  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoon warm water

For topping:

  • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and  minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, cut in long strips


  • To make the dough, mix honey and yeast in luke warm water and let it sit for several minutes, until it begins to bubble, that means yeast is working its charm here and you are going to be successful in making a gorgeous focaccia bread.
  • Stir together the yeast mixture, salt and flour and mix everything well. Knead by hand for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough forms into a smooth round, still soft and a bit sticky. Coat a big bowl with the tablespoon of olive oil, drop in the dough, and coat with oil all over. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
  • While the dough is rising, toss together the sliced onion, cherry tomato halves, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes and keep it aside to marinate.
  • Brush a Cookie sheet with olive oil and keep it aside.
  • Punch down the dough on a floured surface, roll out  dough into a rectangle,  press the same on oiled brushed baking sheet.
  • Brush olive oil over the rectangle shaped dough and set it aside until it gets fluffy, for about 1 hour.
  • Make dimples on the dough with your thumb and top with grated mozzarella cheese, marinated onions, fill the dimples with cherry tomatoes halves and drizzle the rest of marinated oil on top of it.
  • Bake at 425 until golden, about 20 minutes. Garnish with thinly Julienne basil leaves. And enjoy your slices!!
Onions and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Onions and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

  1. daksha says:

    Wow! focaccia with cherry tomato looks mouthwatering recipe. my family like cherry tomatoes i’ll try ur version:) thanks for sharing ur idea.

  2. this is a perfect bake suman- lovely !

  3. Sarah Naveen says:

    Very beautiful dish..no words !!! awesome and yummo!!!

  4. Sweet Artichoke says:

    What a beautiful, mouthwatering focaccia!

  5. Lizy says:

    I love the cake-y texture of focaccia… thanks for visiting my blog and leaving an inspiring comment Suman…

  6. Oh yes baking bread is extremely time consuming good tips there suman would love to try but i’m very messy with yeast….they look gorgeous! and i do love focaccia!

  7. I love your foccacia and yours looks well-risen and flavorful.

  8. Joyti says:

    Yum! That looks quite good…

  9. kshipra says:

    wow! looks yummy. too gud for the first time. 🙂

  10. MaryMoh says:

    Agree with you that baking bread is time consuming. But your bread looks so lovely and delicious that I think it’s worth all the time and effort.

  11. Homemade focaccia!! The best! Yours looks mouth drooling worthy!

  12. San says:

    Gorgeous focaccia ,i have been wanting to try it for sometime now .It’s so decadent .

  13. Hey! Thanks for stopping over at my place. Love your space. Focaccia is something that we eat regularly. Always have bought it but never made it myself. Will try your recipe.

  14. rebecca says:

    wow for the first time it looks perfect great job

  15. You’re killing me here Suman what with me on my low carb gig…ugh!! That looks so wonderful like summer on a plate. Love the flavors and I must make some as soon as I get off this hellish diet 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  16. Simply Life says:

    I LOVE focaccia and this looks perfect!

  17. nisha says:

    i love focaccia…dipped in olive oil its the yummiest

  18. Joanne says:

    I love focaccia and could eat it like pizza! Especially with toppings like these. Delicious.

  19. Manu says:

    This looks really good… and being Italian I have seen many focacce! 🙂 Well done! Brava! 🙂

  20. Padhu says:

    Wow! Looks so tempting

  21. That Focaccia look awseome.Loved all the lovely flavors that you got going there.

  22. Swathi says:

    Onion and tomato focaccia looks awesome, always homemade bread is nice.

  23. Rachu says:

    perfection!!!! looks like it just came home from the store.. wow.. what a wonrderful baker you are!!! first time and you have achieved perfection!!

  24. Harika says:

    Yummy yummy. Lovely and colorful.

  25. Priya says:

    Soo pretty and yummy focaccia,looks simply fabulous..

  26. Vimitha says:

    Yummy and perfectly baked focaccia

  27. Deepa says:

    Focaccia looks so delicious and fulfilling. Even the mixture of veggies have added to the beauty of the dish.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  28. sonia says:

    Hi There, This is looking absolutely delightful. Very nicely made and presented. I wud love to give it a shot on the coming weekend… Have a great day !

  29. Nandini says:

    The fococcia looks very tasty and awesome! Slurp!

  30. Chaitanya says:

    mouthwatering and very yummy .. i recently taste the similar type tomato cheese and foccasia in my friend house …i will see ur recipe and try this…

  31. Mary says:

    This looks wonderful. I like focaccia and will put your recipe to good use. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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