Pieced Pastimes: Asiago Basil Focaccia

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Asiago Basil Focaccia

I have been experimenting with Focaccia bread and this particular version has won my vote. A medley of basil, asiago and garlic deliver a delightful flavor boost to the dough.
I used the original Olive Oil Dough recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. This link for Olive Oil Dough is a slight variation of their original recipe. Prepare a batch of dough and refrigerate overnight for easier handling.  Roll out to 3/4" thick using flour sparingly.
Place the rolled dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly brush the dough with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Scatter freshly shaved Asiago cheese, freshly chopped basil, and freshly minced garlic across dough. Place a broiler pan in the lowest rack of your oven and preheat to 425 degrees.
Place seasoned dough in oven.  Add 1 cup hot water to broiler pan and quickly shut the door creating a steam bath. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
This hearty and satisfying bread is wonderful by itself or used for panini sandwiches. For another delicious version of this bread, see my Onion and Rosemary Focaccia. Enjoy!

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  1. I LOVE focaccia! Your photos are beautiful, and your bread looks so delicious! YUMMY!


  2. This looks absolutely amazing! I love any kind of cheesy bread:)


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