Recipe – Sun-dried tomato & red onion topped focaccia (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014)

I don’t often bake bread as I’m a much better baker of sweet items, but I needed wanted to join in with the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014 again so I thought I’d attempt something which I’d made before – focaccia (though it was much better last time – this was a rush job in the end!). It is lovely & soft on both the inside & outside. Eat on its own or it’s also yummy dipped in balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 450 g strong white flour
  • 1 sachet fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 250 ml warm water
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 100 g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast and sea salt.
  • Using a dough hook or your hands (I cheated and used the dough hook on my stand mixer!) beat in the olive oil and warm water and combine to a soft dough (you may not need all of the water – I find adding it bit by bit helps).
  • Again, using a dough hook or your hands, knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  • Oil a clean large bowl (this prevents the dough from sticking), place the dough in and cover with oiled cling film. 
  • Leave in a warm place for an hour or until it has doubled in size. 
  • Punch the dough a couple of times to knock back the air and divide into four portions.
  • Roll out each piece of dough into rough oval shapes, place onto an oiled baking tray and cover with oiled cling film.
  • Leave to rise again for another 20 minutes and in the meantime preheat the oven to gas 7/425 F/220 C.
  • On top of each piece of risen dough, place the tomatoes and onions, and then finish off with the rosemary (just poke it in!).
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Leave to cool slightly, then enjoy!

This is my entry to week 3 of the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014, theme of bread – linking up with Mummy Mishaps.
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