Italian Focaccia bread is a flat oven bread, and my recipe makes it a healthy Focaccia bread. This bread is something similar to a Pizza but a little thicker. Rains, Ginger Cardamom tea, and friends are a deadly combination. When they have a baker in their group there is a lot that they demand. Actually, I love it that way. When the gang was busy in gossiping, I was planning to surprise them and this Italian flat bread. My Spicy Semolina Cake is already a hit among the devil’s gang.
I am always health conscious and try to keep my bread as healthy as possible. My usual me asked me to make healthy Focaccia bread by replacing 75% of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. This Italian healthy Focaccia bread is a flat oven bread, something similar to a Pizza but a little thicker than Pizza.
Spicy Healthy Focaccia Bread
The Italian version, which is the original version, uses herbs and olives as toppings. I knew that I am short of herbs in my kitchen. I had two options, either to make Focaccia with Olives without herbs or I can do some experimenting. A science graduate is bound to choose an experiment over usual stuff and so did I. In the absence of herbs, I topped my healthy Focaccia bread with caramelized onions and black olives and that actually spiced up the whole bread.
To give additional flavor, I added garlic to the dough. It did magic and took the bread to another level. The bread was still in the oven and the entire kitchen was filled with the aroma of fresh garlic. The gang, which up in the balcony until now suddenly jumped over the dining table. Impatiently waiting for the bread to come out of the oven, I could see enjoying the aroma and virtually satisfying their taste buds.
The texture and the color were absolutely gorgeous and within a snap of a finger, the entire bread was gone. I hate it when I don’t get to taste my own bake, but could hardly do anything about it.
|Whole Wheat Flour||225 gm|
|All Purpose Flour||75 gm|
|Fresh Yeast||10 gm|
|Garlic Powder||1 tsp|
|Olive Oil||3 tbs|
|Caramelised Onions||½ cup|
|Pitted black Olives||¼ cup|
In a bowl, take 50 ml lukewarm water. Add sugar and yeast to it. Mix it well and keep aside for 10 minutes or until yeast froths.
In a mixing bowl, take wheat flour, All-purpose flour, salt, garlic powder, Olive oil. Make a well in the center and add yeast solution. Start kneading. Add water little by little and make a dough.
Initially the dough will be sticky. Keep kneading the dough for 10 minutes. You will get a smooth, elastic and non-sticky dough.
Grease a pan and place kneaded dough into it. Cover it with cling wrap and let it rest for 40 minutes for the first rise or until it doubles in volume.
After first rise, Take out the dough on a surface, lightly dusted with flour and punch the dough to release the air. Knead the dough for another 5 minutes.
With the help of a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a sheet of 1 inch thickness. Place this in a greased baking tin. Add caramelized onions and Black olives evenly on it.
Cover it with cling wrap and set aside for another 30 minutes for second rise or until doubles in volumes.
After second rise, bake the bread in a preheated oven at 200 degree Celsius for 25 minutes.
Once done, infuse it with some olive oil and serve.