July 1, 2024

Our Authentic Focaccia Recipe

Focaccia is a classic Italian bread that embodies the essence of southern Italy. At La Fontana, we cherish our family recipes, and today, we’re excited to share our authentic focaccia recipe with you.

Our Authentic Focaccia Recipe

Focaccia is a classic Italian bread that embodies the essence of southern Italy. With its crispy crust, fluffy interior, and a blend of aromatic herbs, focaccia is a versatile bread perfect for any occasion. At La Fontana, we cherish our family recipes, and today, we’re excited to share our authentic focaccia recipe with you. Whether you're a seasoned baker or a novice, this step-by-step guide will help you bring a taste of Italy into your home.

Ingredients You’ll Need

To make this delicious focaccia, gather the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water (110°F)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
  • Fresh rosemary or other herbs (optional)
  • Cherry tomatoes, olives, or other toppings (optional)

Step 1: Preparing the Dough

  1. Activate the Yeast: In a small bowl, combine the warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for about 10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Mix the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Mix until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Knead the Dough: Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour as needed.
  4. First Rise: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

Step 2: Shaping and Second Rise

  1. Prepare the Pan: Generously oil a baking sheet or a large rectangular pan with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Shape the Dough: Punch down the dough to release any air bubbles, then transfer it to the prepared pan. Use your fingers to gently stretch and press the dough to fit the pan, creating dimples on the surface.
  3. Second Rise: Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rise again for about 30-40 minutes, until it looks puffy.

Fresh focaccia ready to go in the oven

Step 3: Adding Toppings and Baking

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Add Toppings: Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, fresh rosemary, or your choice of toppings like cherry tomatoes or olives. Press the toppings gently into the dough.
  3. Bake: Bake the focaccia in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

  1. Cool: Remove the focaccia from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for a few minutes.
  2. Serve: Slice the focaccia into squares or rectangles and serve warm or at room temperature. It’s perfect on its own, as a side to soups and salads, or as a base for sandwiches.

Tips for Perfect Focaccia

  1. Use High-Quality Olive Oil: Since olive oil is a key ingredient in focaccia, using high-quality extra virgin olive oil will significantly enhance the flavor.
  2. Experiment with Toppings: Focaccia is incredibly versatile. Feel free to experiment with different herbs, vegetables, and even cheeses to create your own unique version.
  3. Proper Kneading and Rising: Ensure you knead the dough well and give it enough time to rise. This helps in developing the right texture.

Embracing Italian Culinary Traditions

At La Fontana, we are passionate about bringing authentic Neapolitan cuisine to our guests. Our focaccia recipe is just one of the many ways we celebrate Italian culinary traditions. If you’re eager to explore more Italian cooking, be sure to check out Red Moon Pizza’s guide on making homemade pasta. Their step-by-step instructions will help you master the art of pasta making, bringing another staple of Italian cuisine to your table.

For those looking to stock their kitchen with essential Italian ingredients, don’t miss Durazzo’s Deli’s blog post. They offer insights into must-have Italian pantry items, ensuring you have everything you need to create authentic Italian dishes at home.

Conclusion

Focaccia is more than just bread; it’s a piece of Italian heritage that brings warmth and flavor to any meal. By following this authentic recipe, you can enjoy a taste of southern Italy and bring a touch of La Fontana’s kitchen into your own home. We hope this guide inspires you to bake your own focaccia and explore the rich culinary traditions of Italy.

Buon Appetito!