This focaccia bread art recipe is easy to make and allows you to get creative with vegetables and herbs for a beautiful tasty dish.
I got this idea from a good friend of mine. She shared a similar picture from an Italian market that she follows on Instagram.
Though I had seen a few different focaccia bread art ideas on social media, I thought now that I have several herbs growing in the garden, that it was a good time to try this dish.
I did use yeast in this recipe and I let it rise twice since I had the time. Once in a greased bowl.
And again in the pan I was going to cook it in.
Here are some of the herbs and vegetables I used for the "art."
Creating flowers with the herbs, pepper rings, tomatoes, and onion was so much fun. And, I knew that they would also add a ton of flavor to the bread.
Almost too pretty to eat, right?
I brought the focaccia to my nephew's birthday party and everyone really liked it. We cut it in pieces and served it just as is for an appetizer or side dish.
You could also use this recipe to create sandwiches. My pan was really large about 10 inches by 15 inches. If you use a smaller pan and create a thicker focaccia you could make sandwiches with the bread by slicing it through the middle.
I think that will be my next adventure.
- 1 package of quick rise yeast
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 4 cups of flour
- 2 cups of water
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup or more of olive oil
- herbs and vegetables for toppings
- Combine yeast, water, and sugar in a large bowl for 5 mins.
- Add flour (a little at a time) and mix well.
- Add salt.
- Remove dough from bowl and knead until it comes together and becomes less sticky. Add a little extra flour if needed.
- Place dough in a bowl coated with olive oil and cover to rise for 1 hour.
- Liberally grease a large baking pan with olive oil.
- Stretch dough to fit pan.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Cover and allow to rise for 20 minutes more.
- Use your fingers to dimple the dough.
- Next, use herbs and vegetables to create a pretty decoration.
- Drizzle more olive oil over the top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.