Quick Focaccia Bread Art

focaccia bread artThis quick focaccia bread art recipe is so easy to make. I created it without yeast (because I can’t find any right now) and without proofing because that can take a long time.

The absolute best part (besides eating it) is being creative with the “artwork” on top of the bread. It is fun to do with the family.

Here are some yummy art ideas to use when decorating your bread. You can use almost anything, just be careful of the water content so that the bread still bakes completely.

  • Vegetables – bell peppers, mini peppers, spicy peppers, banana peppers cherry and grape tomatoes, leafy greens, carrots, zucchini, red onion and more. Cut them into a variety of fun shapes.
  • Herbs – rosemary, basil, thyme, parsley, chives, green onions and so much more.
  • Nuts and Seeds – pinenuts, pistachios, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pepitas, sunflower seeds, basically anything you have on hand.
  • Other – olives, capers, garlic, pepperoni (the mini ones too), sausage, shredded cheese, whatever you can think of as an addition.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite herbs (such as basil, rosemary, thyme, Italian seasoning etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or 1-2 cloves of minced garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Optional – variety of fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, olives, capers, nuts, pepperoni, cheese and more to decorate your bread art

Quick Focaccia Bread Art

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. Pour water into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, and add to the water. Mix on medium speed until dough forms a ball. Stir in your 1-2 tablespoons of preferred herbs at the end. (If you don’t have a mixer, stir together water, flour, baking powder, and salt in large mixing bowl. Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of preferred seasonings. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead until it forms a ball.)
3. Plop dough into greased baking pan. Using oiled fingers, spread dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Dough will be sticky and elastic. It does not have to be perfectly even, but make sure there are no holes.
4. Rub the top and sides of dough with olive oil. Season with cayenne, garlic salt/garlic, rosemary, basil and salt/pepper to taste. Use optional ingredients to make some artwork in a pattern of your choosing. Do this on top of the dough. Push the herbs and veggies into the dough.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 8-12 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (optional)and return to oven. Broil until just golden for about 3-5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it. Serve warm and try dipping in olive oil with black pepper and Parmesan. Yum! Enjoy!

Note: Eliminating Parmesan cheese and decorating with nuts and veggies and herbs (no cheese or meat) makes this a vegan dish.


Nutrition Info per Serving (of the basic recipe):
Nutrition Facts
12 Servings
1 serving = about 3x4 inch slice of focaccia bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories78.5
Total Fat1.2 g
Saturated Fat0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat0.8 g
Cholesterol0.0 mg
Sodium392.3 mg
Potassium33.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate15.2 g
Dietary Fiber0.8 g
Sugars0.0 g
Protein2.1 g
Vitamin A1.7 %
Vitamin B-120.0 %
Vitamin B-60.5 %
Vitamin C0.4 %
Vitamin D0.0 %
Vitamin E0.0 %
Calcium4.8 %
Copper0.2 %
Folate0.2 %
Iron4.8 %
Magnesium0.3 %
Manganese0.7 %
Niacin5.4 %
Pantothenic Acid0.0 %
Phosphorus1.8 %
Riboflavin4.1 %
Selenium0.1 %
Thiamin6.8 %
Zinc0.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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