Healthy Focaccia bread with onions and olives

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    Healthy Focaccia bread

    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.

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    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.

    Ingredients

    Items Quantity
    Whole Wheat Flour 225 gm
    All Purpose Flour 75 gm
    Fresh Yeast 10 gm
    Sugar 1 tsp
    Salt 1 tsp
    Garlic Powder 1 tsp
    Water 150 ml
    Olive Oil 3 tbs
    Caramelised Onions ½ cup
    Pitted black Olives ¼ cup

    Instructions

    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.

    Yeast for Healthiest Focaccia Bread

    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.

    Dough before rise for Healthiest Focaccia Bread

    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.

    Dough after rise for Healthiest Focaccia Bread

    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.

    Dough after shaping for Healthiest Focaccia Bread

    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.

    Healthiest Focaccia Bread Texture

    Healthy Focaccia bread with onions and olives
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 70 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 70 minutes
    Healthy Focaccia bread with onions and olives
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 70 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 70 minutes
    Ingredients
    Servings: people
    Instructions
    1. 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.
    2. In a mixing bowl, take wheat flour, All-purpose flour, salt, garlic powder, Olive oil. Make a well in the centre and add yeast solution. Start kneading. Add water little by little and make a dough.
    3. Initially the dough will be sticky. Keep kneading the dough for 10 minutes. You will get a smooth, elastic and non-sticky dough.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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 caramelised onions and Black olives evenly on it.
    7. Cover it with cling wrap and set aside for another 30 minutes for second rise or until doubles in volumes.
    8. 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.

    12 COMMENTS

      • Yes, I recommend doing that. You may choose to add the active dry yeast directly, but if in case the yeast has some issue, you will end up spoiling all other ingredients too. I recommend proofing the yeast first to check if it is working fine and then adding it to other ingredients.

        Sonia

      • Hi Aanchal,

        The process remains unaltered irrespective of the type of yeast you use. Many a times you will find recipes, that encourages you to directly add the instant yeast in the flour, however, I recommend activating the yeast first with lukewarm water. If the yeast is faulty, it will save your ingredients to spoil.

        Regards
        Sonia

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