Focaccia Pugliese, a simple homemade Focaccia dough baked with tomatoes, black olives, oregano and olive oil. The perfect appetizer or main dish. A delicious substitute for Pizza.
I have come to love making Focaccia almost as much as Homemade Pizza, I like the simplicity of focaccia, no need to fill it with all different kinds of toppings.
It can make the perfect sandwich bread or even plain with a big bowl of soup.
Difference between Pizza and Focaccia
- Some say pizza dough doesn’t contain oil and the focaccia dough does.
- Focaccia dough has a longer rising time.
- They each use a different type of dough.
- Focaccia is thicker, Pizza is thinner.
- Pizza has a tomato sauce, focaccia doesn’t.
- Pizza is made in a brick oven focaccia isn’t.
- Focaccia is baked in a lower temperature oven then Pizza.
Every Italian has their own explanation for the differences between Pizza and Focaccia!
Personally I like them both. And the Italian as long as you make a focaccia on the thinner side, all that dough, no thanks he says.
So therefore my focaccia never looks as thick as a “real” focaccia should be. But just as good!
How to make a Focaccia
In a small bowl mix the honey and warm water (stir to combine) then sprinkle the yeast on top. Let sit 5 minutes then stir.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt, add the yeast mixture and the olive oil, combine then move to a flat surface and knead until dough becomes smooth and elastic, form into a ball.
Place dough into a lightly oiled glass bowl (and swirl the dough so that it is lightly covered with oil).
Cover the bowl and let the dough rise 2 hours in a warm draft free area.
Pre-heat oven to 400° (200° celsius), lightly oil a medium pizza pan.
Remove the dough from the bowl and punch it down a few times.
Place the dough in the prepared pizza pan, spread the dough, then cover it and let it rest for approximately 15 minutes.
Spread the dough again if needed. Using your finger tips or knuckles make indentations in the dough.
Top the dough with grape or cherry tomatoes sliced in half, pitted black olives sliced in half, a sprinkle or two of oregano, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little rock salt.
Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes (check after 15 minutes). Serve warm.
Different types of Focaccia
Italians love to slice a thick white pizza or Focaccia in the middle and stuff it with cooked greens.
Sautee some Chicory or swiss chard in a little olive oil and chopped garlic, then fill your focaccia. Add a strong Italian cheese if you want and there you have one of the most delicious sandwiches!
Make a simple white Focaccia, sprinkle with a little olive oil and rock salt. Or add some cut up black or green olives.
Or make a Focaccia Dough made with boiled potatoes, which is a typical focaccia dough from the south of Italy.
How about adding some Grilled Eggplant to a just baked Focaccia?
How to store Focaccia Bread
Store the baked Focaccia in an airtight bag and keep at room temperature for up to 2 days. It can be reheated at 350F (180C) for approximately 5 minutes.
To freeze focaccia, cut it into pieces then wrap each piece in plastic wrap, place in an airtight freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month.
With Christmas just around the corner sometimes a quick and easy dinner is the best answer, or make it , slice it and serve as an appetizer. Buon Appetito!
Homemade Focaccia Pugliese
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1 cup water warm not hot
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
FOR THE TOPPING
- 15 grape or cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
- 10 black olives (pitted and sliced in half)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- tablespoon coarse salt
- In a small bowl add honey and warm water (stir to combine) then sprinkle the yeast on top. Let sit 5 minutes and then stir to combine.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt, add the yeast mixture and the olive oil, combine then move to a flat surface and knead until dough becomes smooth and elastic, form into a ball. **
- ** This can be made using a stand up mixer with the dough hook, knead the dough on medium speed until smooth and elastic (approximately 7 minutes), move to a flat surface and knead a couple of times into a ball.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled glass bowl (and swirl the dough so that it is lightly covered with oil). Cover the bowl with plastic and a clean tea towel and let the dough rise 2 hours in a warm draft free area.
- Pre-heat oven to 400° (200° celsius), lightly oil a 12 inch (30cm) pizza pan.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and punch it down a few times. Place dough on the prepared pizza pan spread the dough, then cover it and let it rest for approximately 15 minutes. Spread the dough again if needed. Using your finger tips or knuckles make indentations in the dough.
- Top the focaccia dough with sliced tomatoes and sliced black olives, then sprinkle with oregano, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes (check after 15 minutes). Serve warm. Enjoy!
Pamela Collaco says
This recipe works well every time!
The instructions are easy to follow andmy focaccia comes out so high and doughy… just as I remember it being in Italy.
Hi Pamela, thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it. Take care!
Patricia Hodkinson says
Years ago I had the most amazing Focaccia white pizza in Old Fort, PA. It had paper-thin cut onion slices scattered with rosemary and a combination of white cheeses. No sauce and no other toppings. I have never been able to find the combination of cheeses. Please tell me that you might have a recipe. Thank you.
Hi Patricia, well it depends on the taste of the cheese if it was a strong cheese then I would guess pecorino either grated or fresh or a combination, it could have included crescenza, fontina or stracchino, these are the typical Italian cheese that are used in a focaccia. I hope it helps. Take care.
Thanks for the fantastic recipe! I didn’ t have black olives, so substituted them with green ones, but it turned out delicious too!
Greetings from Germany!
Hi Inna, thanks so much. Have a wonderful Holiday Season.