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Focaccia Bread Art Recipe

Focaccia Bread Art is an innovative way to show your culinary skills by using Focaccia bread as a canvas. All you need is some creativity, tasty toppings, and our secret ingredient- a bread machine! Not only does this impress your friends and family, but it’s also a unique conversation starter. Let them know that it’s okay to devour the Focaccia even though it looks too pretty; after all, there will always be more next week. You only need five minutes of prep time and a button to make the dough ready for baking! Art doesn’t always have to be complicated; look on Instagram at #foccaciaart for some pretty focaccia bread inspiration.

How to make focaccia dough in a bread machine

Follow the directions that come with your bread machine. Bread machines vary, so it’s essential to read the instructions that come with yours. If you need more guidance, YouTube is a great resource – search for your bread machine brand name and Focaccia. Once the dough is made, use your hands to release it onto the baking pan. Form the dough into whatever shape you like using bent fingers; then paint it with olive oil.

Shopping List

  • Bread flour
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Distilled Water
  • Italian herb blend
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Bread Machine Yeast
  • 9”x13” rimmed baking sheet 
Herbs and flowers and raw veggies

How to make the most beautiful Focaccia Bread Art

When you have gathered all of the ingredients, and they are at room temperature, follow the bread machine’s instructions. take a 9×13-inch rimmed baking sheet and brush it with olive oil to make focaccia.

In a bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, add all wet ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and place yeast inside it. Then select the dough program and start the machine. It will take an hour and a half for the dough to rise and knead–once complete, pour it onto a baking sheet. Flour lightly, then turn focaccia dough onto it; punch down & let rest for 10 min.

After the dough rests, knead it and shape it into a baking pan. Cover it with plastic wrap and let rise for 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 450°F. Remove plastic wrap and drizzle olive oil over the top of the dough; then make indentations across the surface using your fingertips.

Focaccia Bread Tomato flower detail

It’s time to create your floral scene with sliced raw vegetables and herbs. Be adventurous! A recipe is not perfect until you’ve added your touch. That’s why we encourage you to have fun with your food. Let your inner pastry chef come out and play.

closeup of fresh-baked focaccia bread art

Paint with your veggies and have fun. We recommend painting the veggies and herbs with olive oil so they don’t burn. As you’ll see from our video, we didn’t use enough olive oil.  Bake for 13 minutes or until the Focaccia is golden brown. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve.

If you decide to try making this recipe, share a snapshot with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

closeup of fresh-baked focaccia bread art
closeup of fresh-baked focaccia bread art

Focaccia Bread Art

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 18 pieces
Calories: 135kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water + 2 tablespoons @room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoon Italian herb blend
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon yeast

Toppings

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • Cherry tomatoes green yellow and red peppers, chives, shallots
  • Salt pepper and herbs to your liking

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to bread machine’s baking bowl in the order listed, starting with the water and ending with the yeast.
  • Choose the Dough program and press Start.
  • Remove the paddle and punch down the dough to deflate it. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. When the dough cycle is finished, remove the dough from the bread pan and place it on a lightly floured baking mat.
  • Meanwhile, brush a shallow rimmed baking pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Roll the dough to pan shape with a rolling pin and your hands to fill the form of the pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 40 minutes.
  • Top with 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil use a pastry brush or your fingers to rub it all over the surface. Gently press your bent fingers into dough to leave indentations from top to bottom.
  • Create your focaccia bread art.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Do not overcook.

Video

Notes

Best served warm from the oven. You may also freeze the focaccia; be sure to cool before freezing.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.3mg