Since moving into the new house, I knew that learning how to cook and bake is something that I wanted to do. Not only because I have watched way too much Food Network, but also because I find it relaxing and I like to eat! I made my first focaccia bread a couple months back and felt pretty confident, so I decided to branch out! We had some veggies we needed to use up, and here we are! Here is how you can make a Caramelized Onion and Tomato Focaccia Bread tonight!
What You’ll Need
The great thing about this recipe is that you might already have everything you need. Depending on the vegetables you have available, you can easily swap out your toppings.
- 1 Pack of Active Dry Yeast
- 1 Cup of Warm Water
- 1/4 Cup of Honey
- 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
- 2-3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 1 Finely Sliced Onion
- 1 Thinly Sliced Tomato
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 1/4 Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- Rosemary, Thyme, Salt, and Pepper
How To Prepare Your Dough
Coming from someone who was terrified to make to make bread for the first time, I think focaccia is one of the easiest things to try out. Not only can it stand alone in terms of flavor, but the bread itself also lends a ton of flavor to anything you pair it with.
To bloom your yeast, take one packet of active dry yeast and put it in a mixing bowl. Add your water and honey and leave it only for anywhere between 5-10 minutes. You want a sort of foam to appear on the top of your yeast mixture. Add your flour and salt and mix or knead until the dough comes together and appears smooth. I prefer to mix mine in a mixer, but it can be easily done without one!
Keep your dough in a warm place for 20 minutes. I rest mine in an oven on the proof setting at 100 degrees covered in a damp towel. Your dough should have at least doubled in size. Place your dough in a lined or oiled pan. Spread your dough until it reaches the edges of the pan and leave it to rest for about 15-20 minutes. Using your fingers, press holes into your dough before you let it rest!
How to Make Your Toppings
While your dough is rising at room temperature, now is the time to start preparing your toppings. Firstly, preheat your oven to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I used a mandolin to get my onions as thin as I could, and then I cut my tomato in thin slices. Put two tablespoons of oil into a pan and let it get hot. Add your onions and cook them on medium heat until they are caramelized.
This wouldn’t be a Caramelized Onion and Tomato Focaccia Bread without the rich taste you get from the onions, so cover them up if they are taking a long time. Once your dough has risen for about 15-20 minutes, spread two tablespoons of oil across your dough and begin adding your toppings. Start with your tomato slices, followed by your onions, parmasean cheese, and finish up with your herbs.
Place your bread in the oven and let it cook for around 30-40 minutes. I like to start checking mine at 30 minutes to make sure my bread is golden brown and that my toppings are not getting burnt to a crisp. Once you are done, place your bread on a cutting board to cool. Slice into squares and serve it up!