Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Focaccia

>>  Monday, April 27, 2015

We are starting the final week of this Baking Mega BM. I think this was one of the easiest Mega BM that we have done till date. Even though we had finalized the theme months before, I started preparing for this only a week before April and I managed to have the first week ready. I was writing the post daily and just about managed it.

So you can imagine how it must be. With kids who will only eat chocolate based dishes, my choices were so limited. However Konda said she was bored of eating only chocolates and wanted me to make something different. With her assurance that the dishes will be taken care, I just went ahead.

Even then the sweet dishes were too many and too sweet for comfort. I was bored of baking a cake or a cookie. All this meant that the originally planned theme was thrown out and something new had to be planned. I had originally planned on Fruits and Vegetable Based Cakes and Muffins. Imagine the sugar high again!
I felt choking with sugar, even though I haven't touched anything that I baked this month other than the savory dishes. With just four days left, I decided I would opt for some savory bakes that would double up as Dinner Ideas. Well I knew I wasn't picking up something unique, still I was exciting when couple of my buddies posted similar themes.

This week will feature Savory bakes that will serve as Dinner Ideas. I can hear the question as to who actually had these breads as their dinner in my conventional family who are very unconventional in thinking that breads can't be dinner dishes. So its your truly along with two saviours who are always ready to savour whatever that comes out of the kitchen. All the bakes done serves two max.

First in the choice was Focaccia. The first time I tasted this was about seven years ago when I had met some food bloggers. Rachel got us Ladenia and that led me to discover Focaccia. After so many years of wanting to bake this bread, I finally came around to bake this. Now next would be Ladenia. I remember that bread to be so addictive. 

I could have gone with the basic focaccia, however I love roasted garlic and onions and wanted to have this as topping. So you have this version!

Hopefully I have the next three done and ready for sharing!

Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Focaccia

Ingredients Needed:

All purpose Flour - 1 & 3/4 cup
Warm Water - 3/4 cup
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Instant Yeast - 1/2 tbsp
Italian Seasoning - 2 tsp 

For Topping 

Cooking Oil - 1 tsp
Onions, juliennes - 3/4 cup
Garlic - 6 -7 cloves

How to make Focaccia

Drizzle a 9″ round tray with olive oil and keep it aside.

In a wide bowl, mix in flour, water, instant yeast, salt and 1 1/2 tbsp oil. Combine everything to form a sticky dough. 

Oil your palm well and transfer the dough to tray. Press down the dough and stretch to cover the sides and corners. Press on all sides to level the dough. 

Cover with a cling wrap and allow it to rise for 1 hour.

Meanwhile prepare the topping by heating a non stick pan with oil and saute the onions and garlic till the onions caramelises. You can sprinkle few granulated sugar for quick caramelization. Ensure it's not too must but just few specks.

When the dough doubles in size, oil your finger tip and make dimples on the surface. This ensures that the bread remains flat during baking. 

Evenly spread the toppings all over the dough, Drizzle some olive oil again all over.

Preheat oven to 175 C. Bake for 30 minutes or till the crust is brown in colour.

Remove and drizzle few drops of olive oil and sprinkle the herbs. Bake again for 5 - 6 mins.

Remove to a wire rack and let it cool for 5 minutes.

Remove the bread from the tray and cool it completely on the wire rack.



The bread is about 1&1/2 inch thickness.

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Nivedhanams Sowmya April 27, 2015 at 12:29 AM  

Focaccia is looking awesome... So spongy and soft..

Usha April 27, 2015 at 3:30 AM  

Tell me about getting sugar high & I was the one eating all most all of the bakes I made. Just 1/2 way into the marathon I gained all the weight I lost last fall. Well, That was expected and I am not feeling bad at all.

Focaccia looks good and must have made a nice dinner.

vaishali sabnani April 27, 2015 at 10:29 AM  

Ahem ... Ahem .. Should we be talking about sugar , butter and APF ? No !!! Well i don't have even one savoury bake in this BM , yet i am happy !
The focaccia is on my mind since long and the aroma of roasted garlic and onions is pulling me. Awesome !

Nalini's Kitchen April 27, 2015 at 5:29 PM  

Foccacia looks so yummy, love the presentation and clicks..very well done.

Priya Srinivasan April 27, 2015 at 6:08 PM  

foccacia is such a versatile bread, i even bookmarked a fruity flavored this BM, but changed it last minute!!
With caramelized onions and aromatic garlic, this is totally droolicious!!!

sneha datar April 27, 2015 at 8:13 PM  

Favorful and soft foccacia.

Priya Suresh April 28, 2015 at 12:28 AM  

Such a aromatic focaccia, those caramelized onions and roasted garlic gives a beautiful and irresistible touch.. Loving it.

Pavani N April 28, 2015 at 2:30 AM  

Oh my goodness, don't even talk about flour & sugar. I almost found them strangely allergic for a few weeks. I'm slowly coming around now :-)
Your Focaccia with those caramelized onions & garlic sounds so flavorful and it turned out so fluffy and yummy!!

Varadas Kitchen April 28, 2015 at 8:45 AM  

I love this bread. It is so easy to bake and the flavor choices are endless.

Suma Gandlur April 28, 2015 at 9:47 AM  

That looks like a flavorful focaccia. Even I cooked half of the dishes during marathon and somehow it was not a stressful experience.

rajani April 29, 2015 at 12:46 AM  

You put it aptly when you said 'choking with sugar'. I love cakes n cookies, but it was too much too close together :-)). So can appreciate the focaccia a lot more now

Srividhya April 29, 2015 at 4:11 AM  

ha sugar, APF and butter.. Even though I didnt do that much sweets I am kind of done with them for now. But wanted to write about this APF though. Lets see. Between yummy focaccia

Padma Rekha April 30, 2015 at 1:43 PM  

I din't want to check my sugar levels before I finish all my bakes;) This was in my list too but I made it but didn't like the pic. let's see if I didn't find the recipe for last day will post that... Like that onions on top..

Harini-Jaya R May 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM  

There is a reason why baking is a scare :) I tried to bake savory stuff and stayed on the safe side :) The foccacia is one I can't pass up though. Lovely bake.

Saraswathi Tharagaram May 5, 2015 at 6:06 AM  

Fantastic Focaccia with best topping!! Yeah, caramelized onions and roasted garlic are best together with wonderful aroma!!

Archana Potdar May 6, 2015 at 8:27 AM  

Valli all your sugar talk is giving me a high. I have been baking since yesterday only cakes. How I wish I could bake these delicious breads. maybe once my shoulder settles down.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan May 11, 2015 at 5:14 AM  

What a lovely texture of the foccacia! Looks wonderful Valli :)

The Pumpkin Farm May 28, 2015 at 6:50 PM  

its been a while since i last baked focacia...caramelised onion is awesome flavor

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