Sunday, May 3, 2009

Bread Machine Focaccia Pizza

Shortly after I first moved to the Keys, one of our neighbors was having a yard sale. I lucked out as she was selling a brand new 10-gallon fish tank starter set for $10, and her no-longer-needed bread machine for $15!

Like most people, I played with the bread machine right away, and then it kind of sat unused for a while. I recently brought it back out again, and found some fantastic recipes that start out in the bread machine, but finish in the oven. Dinner tonight was based on one of our favorites, called Cheesy Onion Focaccia from Think caramelized onions, covered in melted cheese, on fresh baked focaccia bread. Mmm....

When I make this, I add the Italian herbs in the bread machine, in order to flavor the focaccia (which in the original recipe, the herbs go in the onion topping). I also use Colby-Jack cheese, and brush the focaccia with olive oil before baking.

Tonight, I asked my daughter if she would prefer a more pizza-like topping instead. Ask a silly question... We had some lovely organic plum tomatoes and organic onions from our buying club. I did try to make my own sauce from the plum tomatoes, but it wasn't quite done cooking by the time the dough was ready. I used store-bought jarred sauce instead, but I did top the focaccia with thinly sliced onions and some of the plum tomatoes. It was delicious! Here's the recipe:
For the focaccia dough:
3/4 cup lukewarm water
2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing on edges of focaccia before baking
1.5 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp Italian herb seasoning
2 cups bread flour
1 tsp bread machine yeast

For the topping:
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1 small plum tomato, sliced

In a bread machine, add the first list of ingredients in the order suggested by the manufacturer (in the order as shown for Welbilt machines). Set the machine on the "dough" setting and start. Check on the dough after the first five minutes, and add one or two tablespoons of flour or water, as needed.

When the cycle is complete (about 1 hour 28 minutes for our machine), turn the dough out on a floured surface. Pat the dough out in a 10" circle. Transfer dough to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Cover the dough with a clean tea towel, and let it rise until doubled (about thirty minutes).

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

When dough has risen, dock the dough, using the handle of a wooden spoon, making deep indentations 1" apart. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce. Spread the cheese evenly, and top with the sliced onions and tomatoes. Sprinkle a little kosher salt on the tomatoes. Brush the edges of the focaccia with olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the onions and crust are golden brown.
Enjoy :)


  1. Thank you! I guarantee you it tastes even better than it looks ;) Hope you'll give the recipe a try!