Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blogging Marathon -Day One- Herbed Focaccia

So we at Kolkata Food Bloggers have decided to blog more frequently..every alternate day to be precise! This is primarily to clear out our draft folders where so many recipes are waiting to be shared with everyone. Its a good push for all of us to get on to our feet and dole out delicious dishes and blog about it. Believe me its a lot of hard work! When this event was proposed by a very talented and seasoned blogger friend of ours we simply jumped at the idea. I even confessed to everyone that I don't have a single post in the draft but nevertheless will take up the challenge and create a new post every other day.
I will however continue to keep up with the spirit of sharing easy recipes that every single one of you can try making at home.
Now coming to today's post..bread baking is such an exhilarating process.The smell of fresh bread filling your home is just so yummy.Focaccia is one of the easiest breads that I have been baking of late. The variations that you can do it is also extensive. The one I baked today is not too fancy and without any topping. Usually one can do a topping of caramelised onions,cherry tomatoes, cheese,mushrooms...the list goes on.Presenting my version of a Herbed Focaccia made with some dried herbs(easily available in the supermarkets) and olive oil.


Flour - 2 cups + a little more for dusting

Instant dry yeast - 1 tbsp

Luke warm water - 1 cup

Sugar - 1 tsp

Olive oil - 4 tbsp

Salt - to taste

Red chilli flakes -1 tsp

Rosemary - 1 tsp

Thyme - 1 tsp


In a cup take the lukewarm water , add the sugar and the instant yeast and let it rest for 7-10 mins till the mix becomes frothy. Generally with instant yeast one doesn't need to proof it but I always do it to be doubly sure that the yeast is active.

In a bowl , take the flour. Add the salt , red chilli flakes , thyme and rosemary and mix well.

Gradually start adding the yeast mix and form into a soft dough. 
Transfer into a floured surface , add 2 tbsp of the olive oil and knead it into a smooth spongy dough. Knead well as that makes your bread soft.

Grease a bowl with some olive oil and keep the dough in that to rise for about an hour in a warm place. I usually just keep it inside my microwave.

After an hour or so the dough will become double its size.

Take the dough out on a floured surface and knead it out again softly. This is to knock down the air bubbles.
Next roll out the dough into desired shape and place it into a greased baking dish.

With your fingers make small indents into the surface of the rolled out dough.

 Sprinkle some red chilli flakes, rosemary and thyme on top. Also drizzle some olive oil on top.
Bake in a pre heated oven for 30 mins at 180 deg C.

Serve hot with condiments of your choice . Or just enjoy by itself. 

#Also attaching a pic of another variation that I had baked a few days ago. Focaccia with caramelised onions and cherry tomatoes.

BTW check out my super talented blogger friends who are a part of the Blogging Marathon below:

Sayantani's @ http://www.ahomemakersdiary.com/ 
Kamalika's @ http://silencesings.blogspot.in/
Amrita - Vishal @ http://amritavishal127.blogspot.in/
Sarani's @  http://cocoawind.blogspot.in/
Indrani's @ http://riappyayan.blogspot.in/



  1. Bread baking is truly exhilarating. Love the fact that you are enjoying it and making such awesome breads

  2. I also have to start bread baking....loved this one....

  3. Thank u Amrita and Kamalika - your comments are so encouraging. You both are soo good in what you do!