Tomato Rosemary Focaccia Bread

vegan tomato and rosemary focaccia

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Do I have a lovely focaccia bread recipe that is easy to make yet so delicious?
Oh yea. Introducing you the BEST tomato rosemary focaccia bread. This recipe is super easy to bake. If you have this idea of “Baking bread is too complicated and messy!” like I used to, give this recipe a try.
It will change your mind 180. (Ok I can’t deny the messy part but it’s worth it!)

MY FIRST HOMEMADE FOCACCIA BREAD

I can still smell the fresh focaccia bread out of the oven when my host family baked it in London. It was one night they baked this amazing focaccia bread just before we were about to have dinner.

I saw it put into the oven, and I remember I thought I would already finish my dinner before it was baked and ready. And next second when the dinner was served on the table, the bread just baked and was ready to be served at the same time as other dishes!
“How did it bake so fast!” was my instant reaction. And most important, it was absolutely delicious and one of the best focaccia bread I had ever tasted.

Baking bread was something that I had never thought I would do in my life because the idea was always “Baking bread is too complicated”.
What do I even need to make bread? What flour should I use? Doesn’t it take AGES to knead bread? Preparing yeast how? How long is the rising time? And Baking time? I don’t think I can do all that!

And that evening I asked them how they bake such an amazing bread in such short time, they told me baking bread wasn’t complicated at all. I was skeptical at first but I discovered that baking bread shouldn’t be as intimidating as I imagined as I learnt and baked them myself!

vegan tomato and rosemary focaccia

HOW TO MAKE PERFECT FOCACCIA BREAD

So how to make perfect focaccia bread? It was on my mind for so long. Long enough to bake breads to feed the nation of Japan.(Ok a little exaggeration but really I baked so many breads!)
And the answer I have come up with, is the passion and love for baking bread. I knoooow passion and love won’t stand in your kitchen for you and bake breads and go ta-da! However, once you know how fun baking bread is and the smell of freshly baked bread out of the oven, it will become a motivation to make breads. And it WILL lead you to YOUR perfect bread.

Having said that, I want to share with you some tips for baking bread. Because it can be intimidating if you have never baked bread before.
I am hoping that these tips encourage and help you in baking your perfect bread!

TIP1: DON’T OVER THINK! THE BASIC INGREDIENT IS FLOUR, SALT, YEAST AND WATER. ONLY.

First thing you might think is “What do I need?”. There are so many recipes that call for fancy ingredients and many steps of instruction.
Yes you can add all sorts of fancy stuff in your bread dough but all you need is flour, salt, yeast and warm water to make basic bread. And once you get the hang of basic bread making, you can start adding other fancy ingredients like raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc. Experiment with it as you go.

The tomato rosemary focaccia bread we are making today calls for only the basic ingredients. And all you have to do to make it a little extra pretty is topping with cherry tomatoes, fresh rosemary, olive oil and coarse salt. How easy is that??

TIP2: YEAST IS YOUR FRIEND. OFFER THEM COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT AND HYDRATION.

One of the mistakes I used make is adding too much flour, or adding water that is too hot.
Imagine putting layers of powder foundation onto your skin without moisturising first, or dipping your toe into a bathtub of way too hot water. Uncomfortable isn’t it?
Yeast is a living thing so it needs moisture and temperature that it can live in. It will take some time to know the right water and flour ratio and the temperature of water even if you follow recipes.
But you will get it eventually after making dough for a few times. Enjoy the process instead of giving up!

TIP3: WATER TEMPERATURE

So you say hot water is not good, then how hot should the water be?? Good question! I struggled with that too. I always go for the temperature that feels slightly higher than room temperature but less hot than my shower.
I think it is a good way to know because how many people would willingly take their thermometer every time they bake bread! I don’t.
It should be around 38-42°C for most people, but if you are unsure you can always use thermometer.

vegan tomato and rosemary focaccia

TIP4: ENJOY THE KNEADING PROCESS.

The thought of having to knead your dough for a long time is daunting? Unless you have a kneading machine, it’s likely that you have to knead the dough for a good 10-15mins.
While you are kneading the dough, you will need to be careful to feel the texture with your hand every time which will be helpful to know the right texture.

But it doesn’t have to be just kneading and looking in the air to wonder when this process ends! Once you know that it is the texture you want, you can listen to your favourite music or audio book, or even watch videos on YouTube while kneading.
Just make sure that you prepare environment for whatever you want to do beforehand. For a good 15mins, you can use this time to educate and entertain your self too!

TIP5: KNEADING ADVICE

Let me tell you one crucial thing. If your wrist starts to hurt while kneading dough, it is very likely that it’s too hard with too much flour.
The dough should be neither too battery nor too hard, but soft and firm enough for your wrist to knead.
I think this is the part where everyone question whether they are doing it right or not. If this is your first time making bread, I’m not going to sugar coat but it will be confusing. Trust me on this though it will definitely  come to you after a few attempts!

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE DELICIOUS TOMATO ROSEMARY FOCACCIA BREAD?

Ok ok! Enough advice given I guess!
I would like to stress one more time that if you enjoy baking bread, you will have the most amazing bread 100%!
Are you ready to bake your delicious tomato rosemary focaccia bread??
Let’s get started!

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vegan tomato and rosemary focaccia

Tomato Rosemary Focaccia Bread

What you need:

  • 2 cups(240g) White Bread flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) Warm water
  • 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 stalk of fresh rosemary
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2tsp course salt

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How to:

  1. Add the bread flour, yeast and salt in a large bread bowl and stir with a whisk to combine them well.
  2. Make a well in the centre. Set aside.
  3. Make warm water by heating water in a pan or kettle. See my tip3 above for how to know the right temperature for the warm water.
  4. Pour the warm water into the well in the flour mixture.
  5. Knead! Knead the dough with your hand for 10-15mins. The texture should be soft and smooth. If it’s too battery add some more bread flour, and if too hard and tough to knead add some more warm water. Either way do it so little by little so you won’t add them too much.
  6. After kneeing, make a ball of dough and cover the bowl with a wet cloth. This is to keep the dough moist.
  7. Rest the dough to rise. Check if the dough is risen and doubled in size after about 1 hour of resting.
  8. Preheat the oven for 200° celsius.
  9. When it’s double in size, press down the dough with hand to release air.
  10. Take the dough out onto a floured surface and shape into a flat focaccia bread.
  11. Transfer onto a baking tray and let it rest and rise once again for 15-20 mins.
  12. Press the tomatoes into the dough, lightly top the fresh rosemary, and drizzle the olive oil and salt over.
  13. Put the dough in the oven and bake for 20mins.
  14. Serve fresh out of the oven and enjoy the lovely smell of bread and roasted tomato.

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TOMATO ROSEMARY FOCACCIA BREAD

Most delicious tomato rosemary focaccia bread! Simple and easy to make.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bread, dinner, easy, italian, simple, vegan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups(240g) White Bread flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) Warm water
  • 1/2 tsp Dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Topping

  • 10 Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 stalks Fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp course salt

Instructions

  • Add the bread flour, yeast and salt in a large bread bowl and stir with a whisk to combine them well.
  • Make a well in the centre. Set aside.
  • Make warm water by heating water in a pan or kettle. See my tip3 above for how to know the right temperature for the warm water.
  • Pour the warm water into the well in the flour mixture.
  • Knead! Knead the dough with your hand for 10-15mins. The texture should be soft and smooth. If it's too battery add some more bread flour, and if too hard and tough to knead add some more warm water. Either way do it so little by little so you won't add them too much.
  • After kneeing, make one ball with the dough and cover the bowl with a wet cloth. This is to keep the dough moist.
  • Rest the dough to rise. Check if the dough is risen and doubled in size after about 1 hour of resting.
  • Preheat the oven for 200° celsius.
  • When it's double in size, press down the dough with hand to release air.
  • Take the dough out onto a floured surface and shape into a flat focaccia bread.
  • Transfer onto a baking tray and let it rest and rise once again for 15-20 mins.
  • Press the tomatoes into the dough, lightly top the fresh rosemary, and drizzle the olive oil and salt over.
  • Put the dough in the oven and bake for 20mins.
  • Serve fresh out of the oven and enjoy the lovely smell of bread and roasted tomato!
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