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 admired this trend of 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."
I created flower stems and leaves with herbs such as rosemary, parsley, basil, and thyme. And, flowers with bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and red onions. And, I knew that they would also add a ton of flavor to the bread.
What Other Toppings Can I Use?
- green onions
- grape tomatoes
- cherry peppers
- edible flowers
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.
Focaccia Bread Art
- 1 package of quick rise yeast
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 4 cups of all purpose flour
- 2 cups of warm 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) to the yeast mixture and stir.
- 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 fingertips to dimple or make divots in the dough.
- Next, use herbs and vegetables on top of the dough to create a pretty decoration.
- Drizzle more olive oil and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.