Rosemary Onion Focaccia

Much of my childhood summers were spent running around my Nonna’s mountain village in Liguria, Italy, joining in squirt gun wars with Italian and German kids of the village. The villagers were mostly elderly folk, retired farmers and construction workers. So, of course, some seniors were frustrated with the ruckus we caused with our water balloons and weaponry, especially when the village encountered periods of drought.

During the afternoon, my parents would regularly pack my brother and I in the car, water guns and all, to head down to the beach. On our way down the mountain and towards the coast, we’d stop by the bakery to pick up a few slices of what Liguria is perhaps most known for in Italy: focaccia.

Rosemary Onion Focaccia, my take on the Ligurian classic.

Rosemary Onion Focaccia, my take on the Ligurian classic.

Focaccia Ligure is suitable for any light lunch or aperitivo. It’s light, fluffy and full of good mediterranean olive oil. It’s versatile both in preparation, and in service. I always bring it to potlucks (yes, kids my age do host potlucks from time to time), because the bread regularly claims center stage. The touch of rosemary and caramelized onion brings a more exciting flavor and sweetness to the bread. This focaccia is a slice of the Italian Riviera served in your very own home.

The focaccia should have a  soft, fluffy inside as shown above.

The focaccia should have a soft, fluffy inside as shown above.

Rosemary Onion Focaccia

Level: Easy       Time: about 4 hours total (10 minutes of prep)

  • 3 cups Bread Flour (or All-Purpose Flour)
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped Rosemary
  • Sea Salt
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 1 tsp. Dry-Active Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion
  • Olive Oil (about ½ cup total)

Measure out 2 cups of warm water (can be tap water). Add the yeast and sugar. Mix. Set aside.

Add yeast to water, sugar.

Add yeast to water, sugar.

Mix.

Mix.

Mix the bread flour, almost all the chopped rosemary, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a large bowl. Set the remaining chopped rosemary aside for later.

Rosemary

Chop the rosemary.

Chop the rosemary.

Mix the flour, salt, and rosemary together in a large bowl.

Mix the flour, salt, and rosemary together in a large bowl.

Add the water and yeast to the dry mixture. Stir until a wet dough is formed. Cover with plastic wrap, a dish towel, or a plate and let rise until doubled (at least 2 hours).

Wet to dry.

Wet to dry.

Rosemary Onion Focaccia Bread Dough

Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rise until double.

Rise until doubled.

Slice the yellow onion into thin disks. Place in a saucepan and toss with a generous amount of olive oil (2 – 3 tbsp.). Season with salt.

Over medium heat, saute the onions until translucent and soft (about 5 minutes). Stir occasionally to keep from burning.

Brown the onion with a little olive oil in a pan, stirring to keep from burning.

Brown the onion with a little olive oil in a pan, stirring to keep from burning.

Grease a baking pan with a generous amount of olive oil (about 3 – 4 tbsp.). Make sure all sides are coated. Use either a round pizza pan or metallic baking pan. Do not use a glass pan like I did, or the bread may stick to the bottom. I used glass because it looks better for photos.

For photo purposes, I used a glass pan in baking. Dough, as shown here, stuck to the bottom. I, therefore, do not recommend using a glass pan.

For photo purposes, I used a glass pan in baking. Dough, as shown here, stuck to the bottom. I, therefore, do not recommend using a glass pan.

Pour the dough over the pan, and spread the dough using wet fingers (helps avoid your hands from sticking to the dough). Punch small holes in the dough using your index finger.

Spread the dough on a pan heavily greased with olive oil. Do NOT use a glass pan like I did!

Spread the dough on a pan heavily greased with olive oil. Do NOT use a glass pan like I did!

 

Spread the onions and remaining chopped rosemary over the dough. Season with salt (either coarse or fine), and drizzle more olive oil over the focaccia. The bread is famous for its greasy, salty goodness, so don’t be shy!

Ready to go in the oven!

Ready to go in the oven!

Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until  browned on the edges, and golden in the center.

Rosemary Onion Focaccia Bread

 

Rosemary Onion Focaccia Bread

Buon Appetito!

 

 

4 responses on “Rosemary Onion Focaccia

  1. Ben I think this will be a regular for me! I was rather timid about using yeast for the first time but it was just as you instructed!! Thanks for this simple but delicious bread! Susan

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