Homemade Foccaccia With Olive Tapenade

We've had a really late season for tomatoes - in fact all of our veggies, bar zucchini, because the temperature has been lower on average. This week was the first week we've had a bit of a a harvest - they've been totally tasty. Little yellow cherry tomatoes and beautiful black russians I've been scoffing just standing in the vegetable garden. I pretty much loathe store bought tomatoes and never add them to my salads - but if I have real tomatoes, I love them drizzled with balsamic, olive oil and salt, with fresh garden basil.

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Even better than that is a fresh bread to dip into the dressing and mop up the tomato juice. I'm not sure if I decided to make foccaccia to go with the salad, or salad to go with the focaccia! Either way, fresh focaccia is delicious and much easier to make than you think. This one has a lovely olive tapenade I made with my sister's homegrown olives. They'd started to go quite soft in the jar, so were easy to squish off the pip and blend with a roast red pepper, a bit of olive oil, garlic and shallots.

Sometimes, 'plant based' or 'vegan' doesn't have to be complicated. We don't have to overthink it. Many traditional, easy recipes don't have meat in them anyway - and what makes for a more simple lunch than bread and salad? You could do worse. A tin of chickpeas would also be amazing in a tomatoey salad for the extra protein - or lentils. Liberal splashes of balsamic and olive oil are a must!

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Homemade Focaccia

Use a good quality flour if you can - I used a nice biodynamic white flour. The kneading doesn't take long, especially if you load a few tunes. There's not real trick to focaccia - in fact, you'll find it so easy that you'll wonder why you haven't made it before. It's a gorgeous addition to a picnic or to wow guests. And double the recipe - why make one when you can make two?

Ingredients

3 cups plain white flour 2 tbsps olive oil 1 7g packet of yeast 2 tsp of sugar 1.25 cups of warm water 1 tsp of salt

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Add salt to the flour and sift. Mix all other ingredients together and wait 5 minutes til the mix becomes frothy and bubbly.

Add water to flour and mix in the bowl til it starts to sticky together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface (I love my granite benchtop for this) and knead until soft and pliable - around 10 minutes but often less.

Place in an oiled bowl and cover with a wet teatowel. Leave for 45 minutes until doubled in size.

Press onto a baking tray lined with baking paper or oil. Cover with wet teatowel and leave for 20 minutes.

Then, press fingers into top of dough to form little indentations. Brush or drizzle with olive oil and add your chosen herbs and/or tapenade. I used rosemary and olive tapenade. Sprinkle with salt.

Bake in a 200 C oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and it sounds hollow underneath.

Do you make your own foccacia? What toppings do you enjoy on it?

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  • @galenkp

    Home made focaccia now...You don't want to adopt a son do ya mate? 😊 My mum is gone unfortunately, but anyway...She never made focaccia.

  • @dswigle

    I have never made my own focaccia, but this recipe has me wanting to try it! Sounds easy and looks delicious!

    Thank you so much! Have a great day!

    !tip

  • @nateonsteemit

    Sharing with Melissa. We've been having a hard time with sourdough, and this sounds like a good simple place to start bread-ing.

  • @birdsinparadise

    Oh this looks fabulous @riverflows! Not sure which I want first, salad or bread, lol Two of my favorites! I am so jealous of those tomatoes....I do miss not growing them. Beautiful!!

  • @macchiata

    Never makes any focaccia before but seeing how simple that one is, I am tempted to try and put my baking skills to test.

  • @carolynstahl

    I'm drooling. It looks beautiful!

  • @lenasveganliving

    Absolutely mouthwatering 💚🌿💚 01.jpg

  • @blewitt

    That looks awesome.

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  • @plantstoplanks

    There's that foccaccia! I would probably happily eat that entire loaf. Olives and rosemary?? Yes, please. You know I just realized that I didn't order enough tomato seeds for this year! I was looking through our stash and somehow managed to order everything but tomatoes. Better rectify that because like you, I can't use store-bought in a fresh salad anymore. The farmers market has some amazingly delicious ones in season, but they can be a bit pricey so it is always nice when we can grow some of our own!

  • @fenngen

    That looks well made, Mr. Mouse would be delighted to find some leftovers, lol.

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  • @badseedalchemist

    It is not a surprise that you WOW your guests. Everything that you eat is something I've never seen before! It always looks so good and healthy though!

  • @michelnilles

    You've got my mouth watering for a bite of these little treats! So yummy looking.

  • @heart-to-heart

    Amazing @riverflows! I love how you mentioned that veg doesn't have to be complicated -- it's such a common misconception!

    Your bread looks absolutely beautiful! I'm doing a low carb/no sugar cleanse right now so cannot have this absolutely tantalizing bread but as soon as I can, it's on! =D

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  • @roleerob

    We appear to be kindred spirits @rivreflows, after reading this …

    ”I pretty much loathe store bought tomatoes and never add them to my salads - but if I have real tomatoes, I love them drizzled with balsamic, olive oil and salt, with fresh garden basil.”

    … as our garden is considered a great success, as long as we have managed to produce a good supply of tomatoes! Everything else pales in comparison … I am not even hungry and this still made my mouth water thinking about it … 😉

    That said, you must know a lot more about them than I do. I have never heard of ”beautiful black Russians” … Not even sure, as much as I like tomatoes, that even sounds appealing … Hahaha … 😊

    Seriously, a nice post on what looks very appetizing. You have done a nice job of both illustrating and describing it. I’ll have to show my wife and see how close we could come to these ingredients and trying it ourselves! 👍