Pizza Focaccia is a yeasty flat bread easily made into a sheet pan pizza bread for snacking or pizza night with a few extra toppings.
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
Pizza Focaccia is my recipe of the day with my Baking Bloggers blogging group. We post together once per month on topics we vote on and agree. The one with the most votes wins!
Yeast breads is the winner this month. And for my pick I decided to make some pizza focaccia, which a local bakery was taunting me with pictures in my Facebook feed. And since I couldn’t get down there in time, all I could do was gawk and drool. Except.
I know how to make this kind of thing so it was perfect to use as my selection.
The bread is light and lightly sauced. I did this in an oblong sheet pan, which is shorter than an oblong cake pan.
You could use one of those if you need to. Or if you pile the ingredients high you might like to do that as well. But don’t get too carried away with the toppings.
My toppings include roasted peppers, roasted garlic, red onion, kalamata olives, pearl mozz cheese, parm, pizza sauce and prosciutto. Little bits of each obviously, spread around for variety and not overload.
As I said before, you could add more, but it will affect the bake time so use your good judgement there.
The focaccia is basic bread, nothing much to say. I use a Kitchenaid for ease of kneading. It makes things quick. I also use a Breville smart oven air pro as my proofer box. It holds the temp at 100F and keeps out drafts. I love it. But do your normal thing there.
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- Stand mixer with dough hook
- 1 cup water 110-115F
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour approximate
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 ounce packet fast rising yeast
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Focaccia Toppings (vary to your taste)
- 1/4 cup sliced roasted red peppers
- 2-3 tablespoons roasted garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoon red onion slivers
- 10 pitted kalamata olives sliced
- 1/3 cup fresh pearl mozzarella drained and patted dry
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 3 thin sliced prosciutto torn in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil to drizzle dough
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce or marinara sauce
- sprinkles of black pepper optional
- sprinkles of chopped Italian parsley optional
- sprinkles of red pepper flakes optional
- Mix together warmed water with honey, olive oil, and salt.
- Add flour, yeast, and seasonings to a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.
- Add water mixture and set machine to knead/mix until dough comes together as smooth and lightly tacky, with no loose flour or wet spots.
- Adjust with tablespoons of flour to dry it or tablespoons of water to wet it if needed until the dough looks just right, smooth as a baby's butt.
- Turn dough out into an oiled mixing bowl.
- Cover with plastic lightly sprayed with nonstick and proof/rest at 1 hour in a draft free place until doubled in size.
- Pour oil for pan treatment into a 9x13x1 inch sheet pan or oblong baking pan and add dough, spreading out with your fingers to fill the pan.
- Cover again and proof/rest another hour or until doubled in size. During this time preheat your oven to 450F.
Top and Bake:
- When dough has risen, poke your finger into the dough at 1-2 inch intervals until the dough is covered with pock marks.
- Drizzle top of dough and holes with olive oil and brush on the pizza sauce in a light coating.
- Add toppings.
- Bake for twenty minutes or until browned.
- Sprinkle with parsley and peppers to garnish.
- Cut into 6 pieces and serve.
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