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Focaccia is an Italian flat oven-baked breads topped with herbs and other ingredients of your choice. It can be considered as a close approximation to pizza but its not the same. I’ve baked breads before and this one has been on my list for quite some time. I am paired with Archana for this month’s blog hop (started by Radhika) and when I saw a recipe for focaccia I couldn’t resist myself from trying it out. I am amazed by her modesty and her passion for cooking and baking. She teases with a very short write-up but that’s not a deterrent. I enjoy reading those few lines and would love to read more of her writings. When I browsed the vast selection of her recipes, some specific to her residing place (Goa, India), I short-listed quite a few of them but kept coming back to this one. So here it is, whole wheat focaccia with tomato and olives with feta and mozarella cheese. I used Aipi’s version as I had all the ingredients. The bread came out so good and I liked the wholesome goodness, but my family would have preferred it white(Sigh!!!need another lifetime to change them!!!)

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Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour — 2 cups

All purpose flour — 2 cups

Warm water — 1 1/2 cups

Rapid rise yeast — 3/4 tsp

Sugar — 1 tsp

Garlic powder — 2 tsp

Salt — 2 tsp

Olive oil — 4 Tbsp + some for greasing the pan

For topping:

Cherry tomatoes — 1 cup halved

Feta cheese — 1/2 cup crumbled

Mozarella cheese — 1/4 to 1/2 cup

Olives — 1/2 cup halved

Olive oil — 2 Tbsp

Mix of paprika, garlic powder, oregano and crushed red pepper — 1 tsp for topping

Method:

1. In a bowl, mix warm water, yeast, sugar, and salt. Let it froth and proof for about 7 to 10 minutes.

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2 Add 4 tbsp of olive oil and mix well with yeast water. In another big bowl mix the two flours well and add garlic powder. Mix and make a well in the center. Add yeast water mixture in the well and knead the dough well on a slightly floured surface. Knead well for about 5 to 10 minutes.

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3. Grease a 9×13 baking pan and flatten the dough on the pan to form the rectangle. Cover with damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for at least 1 to 1 1/2 hour.

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4. Preheat oven to 425F. Sprinkle mozarella cheese on top of the dough. Arrange tomatoes and olives in the dough. Sprinkle salt lightly on top, add feta cheese and drizzle with 2 tbsp of olive oil. I added some fresh mozarella cheese slices also but its optional. Bake until golden brown for about 20-25 minutes. Transfer to rack and sprinkle the herb mixture (paprika, oregano, pepper, and garlic powder). Enjoy!!!

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  16 Responses to “Tomato and Olive Whole Wheat Focaccia”

  1. it looks picture perfect’ wholesome goodness !

  2. Perfect looking focaccia!

  3. Very tempting!!must try one soon….

  4. It is a stunner. cant wait to try this one.

  5. Love the pic.. its just gorgeous! Makes me want to eat it right now

  6. Mindblowing and seriously attractive focaccia..Well done.

  7. can i use instant yeast instead ror is using rapid yeast better.if so i will get some and try this it looks fantastic.

  8. Thanks Jayanthi for one trying out my favourite bread and second for the lovely words abt me.

    I am hosting Kitchen Chronicles Theme Go Nuts…Do send me your entries

  9. Priya Sreeram, Nagashree, Pallavi: Thank you for your kind words.

  10. This not only looks colorful but Hmmm everything looks just perfect Jayanthi.

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