Elle’s Four Seasons Focaccia – recipe

Elle's Four Seasons Focaccia - recipe

I’m off to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show again on Saturday. Having seen the prices for food at the venue – (£9 for plain fish and chips and £2 for a small cup of tea!!!), I decided that I should this time prepare a packed lunch.  This is ideal – 4 different bread toppings all baked in the same pan. All I need now is a side salad and a cake – err sorry I of course meant an apple … ahem!

Elle’s Four Seasons Focaccia 

Ingredients:

For the dough

Toppings

  1. Rosemary and Sea Salt – A few rosemary leaves and a small pinch of sea salt flakes
  2. Cheese and Onion – A tablespoon of grated Italian or cheddar cheese and a tablespoon of finely sliced onion
  3. Green Olive and Garlic – 6 or 7 green olives stuffed with garlic, sliced
  4. Tomato and Thyme – 6 or 7 mini plum tomatoes, halved and a teaspoon of thyme leaves

Plus extra olive oil for drizzling.

Elle's Four Seasons Focaccia - recipe

Method:

  1. Place all the dough ingredients except the water, in a stand mixing bowl.  Using a dough hook attachment, process the ingredients on a low setting.
  2. Slowly pour in the water to the dry flour mix until well combined.  This should take about 10 minutes on a slow speed.
  3. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and set aside in a warm place, covered with cling film for at least 30 mins or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Remove the dough and place in a large, oil greased roasting tin. Spread the dough out, making sure it reaches the corners of the tin.
  5. Drizzle some olive oil over the dough.
  6. In quarter 1, sprinkle the rosemary leaves on top of the dough, and gently push into the dough.
  7. In quarter 2, spread the sliced onion on top of the dough, then sprinkle over the grated cheese.
  8. In quarter 3, sprinkle over the sliced stuffed olives.
  9. In quarter 4, gently push the tomato halves, cut side up, and sprinkle over the thyme leaves.
  10. Set aside in a warm place to allow the dough to rise again, for 20 mins.  Pre- heat the oven to Gas mark 7.
  11. After the second rise, sprinkle sea salt over the rosemary quarter, and bake the bread in the oven for 20 minutes.

Elle's Four Seasons Focaccia - recipe

Serve with chicken, ham, a salad or enjoy on it’s own.  Ideal for picnics, a meal in one!

Suggested other toppings include pesto, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms or even fruit – try apple sauce and blackberry for an alternative pudding.

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