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rosemary and tomato focaccia baked 2

Rosemary, Tomato and Garlic Focaccia

Artisan Italian bread filled with rosemary, tomato and garlic
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian


  • 500 g 1lb strong white bread flour
  • 2 dried yeast sachets these are usually about 7g each
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Sea Salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 150 g cherry tomatoes
  • handful rosemary sprigs


  • Place the flour, yeast, sugar and 100ml warm water into a bowl.
  • Mix through and leave for a few minutes until the mixture starts to foam.
  • Add another 150ml warm water, olive oil and 1 tsp flaked sea salt.
  • Give the mixture a good stir until it becomes a sticky dough.
  • Knead for 5-10 minutes (add some more oil if needed)
  • Shape the dough into a sphere and place back into the bowl.
  • Cover with cling film, a shower cap or a dish towel.
  • Place the bowl somewhere warm for an hour, or until the mixture has doubled in size.
  • Whilst the dough is rising, prepare the garlic and tomatoes.
  • Heat the oven to gas 6/200°C.
  • Wrap the garlic bulb in kitchen foil.
  • Roast directly on the oven shelf for 25-30 minutes.
  • Once cool enough to handle, gently squeeze out the cloves and set aside.
  • Put the tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle with oil.
  • Toss to coat, then season and set aside.
  • Lightly grease a deep 20cm x 30cm (8in x 12in) roasting tin with oil.
  • Tip the dough into the tin and stretch it out to fill the edges and corners.
  • Using oiled fingers, make rows of evenly spaced dimples over the surface of the dough.
  • Press in the garlic cloves and tomatoes.
  • Scatter over the rosemary.
  • Cover with clingfilm and set aside to prove until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to gas 6/200°C
  • Scatter sea salt over the dough.
  • Put a separate tin in the bottom of the oven and fill with boiling water from a kettle.
  • Bake the dough on the middle shelf for 30 minutes, or until golden.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes.
  • Drizzle with a little more oil before serving.
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