Hypercity , natures basket have started stocking foccacia along with our regular white bread daily. It means it has clearly arrived in India. When I had it first about a decade back, it was the only fresh thing available at 7 AM in the morning at the bakery next to my place in Milan. I hated the idea of waking up and not getting to eat toast or biscuits that could be dipped in ginger tea.
After spending a month or so I fell in love with the fresh baked bread served with a large cup of extra strong coffee. I made foccacia a couple of times in between, when I had started baking. But I have started getting the satisfaction only recently.If you are new to baking breads, then you should start with this recipe

3 1/4 cups All purpose flour
2 cups tepid water
1/3 cup Olive oil
2 1/4 tspn rapid rise instant dry yeast
salt to taste
2 tspn Italian mix seasoning (Basil, Oregano, Rosemary)
1 tspn sea salt crushed (optional)
1 tspn chilly flakes
2 tbsp pitted olive rings
2 tbsp jalapeno rings 
2 tbsp chopped tomatoes (optional)
1)Ferment the yeast as per the directions on your pack.
2) I can add mine directly to the flour.
3)Mix the flour, yeast,salt, seasoning well.
4) Add the oil and rub it well in the flour
5) Now add the water little at a time to make a sticky dough.
6)Knead it  till it is nice and stretchy- about 7-8 min.
7) Cover the dough and let it rise till it doubles- it may take 45 min to 2 hours depending on your yeast
8)Now in  greased baking dish, place the dough. Make depressions on the top.
9) Brush with little water or milk, sprinkle the topping - olives, chilli flakes, jalapenos, tomatoes.
10) Cover for about 10-15 min till it regains its doubled sized. This is important as the bread will not rise in the oven. 
11) Place the baking sheet in a preheated oven at 210c  for 15-20 min. Or till the top is colored 
Serve warm. Reheating in microwave works very well for this type of bread.

I normally eat it with a drizzle of olive oil. I have some more variations , which I will share sometime


Rasi said…
On my list of must try items :)

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Sravs said…
Wonderful and inviting one !! looks YUM !!

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Anisha said…
Looks tempting and baked to perfection.
Vardhini said…
I have made a couple of foccacia till now. Looks good with the herbs.

divyagcp said…
Perfectly baked bread!!
Havent tried foccacia yet..
Will bake it soon..
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Chef Mireille said…
have always loved focaccia..your looks delish!
Aarthi said…
focaccia is my fav kind of bread..i have one in my space too
Jayanthi said…
One of my favorite breads in focaccia ...looks so tempting Pradnya...on to my to-try list ...bookmarking this recipe. thanks for sharing.
Akila said…
Have heard this recipe but not tried it... Yours looks so tempting... Will try this
Priya Suresh said…
Serve me focaccia with some cheese, i can have it anytime.
Champa said…
Nice one. What is that yellow tint on the focaccia? Olive Oil?
Priya dharshini said…
Focaccia luks perfect and spongy...
Focaccia looks spongy and soft,its in my to do list....
can we meet for coffee..?but get the bread along..wat say?..looks yum!
Harini R said…
Good one. We love focaccia bread too.
vidhas said…
Focaccia looks and sounds yum
Srivalli said…
My favorite..though yet to make it.
rajani said…
The bread looks lovely, am I yet to make it. I always feel lost when I think about what to serve with it. Coffee/tea won;t work in my place. May be a warm bowl of soup?
Nupur said…
A gud one Pradnya. I have started loving yeast breads now :)
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bread looks delicious
Pavani said…
Same pinch. I'm posting focaccia bread too today. Yours looks nice and fluffy.
veena said…
Looks so fluffy and tempting!!!!
Padmajha said…
Am yet to bake these. Looks nice...
Gayathri Kumar said…
Must have tasted great with all those seasoning and olives. Looks so nice...
Cool Lassi(e) said…
Perfect Focassia!
Degchi said…
Foccacia full of Italian flavors yum.
Wonderful flavors there!! Would love to have it with a bowl of warm soup!!!!
Suma Gandlur said…
Looks great. My kids love this bread.

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