Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Whole Wheat Focaccia

How about a slice of freshly baked focaccia with your soup? Here's the recipe of this wholesome focaccia that I baked to go with my Vegetable & Black Bean Soup. Now typically, all recipes for focaccia include all-purpose flour as the primary ingredient. However, as I am not really a fan of maida (all-purpose flour), I try and substitute it with other types of flour where possible. Here is my recipe for a tasty and chewy Whole Wheat Focaccia.

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1½ tsp salt
2 tsp fast-acting yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1 tsp cornmeal
1 tsp coarse salt
3 tbsp olive oil

  1. Put the flour and salt in a large bowl. Sift together.
  2. Warm one cup of water. Mix in the sugar and yeast into half the water. Stir well, cover for 5 minutes.
  3. Add remaining warmed water and 1 tablespoon of the oil into the yeast mixture. Pour into the flour, and prepare a soft and sticky dough.
  4. Using flour on a working surface, knead the dough lightly. Add more flour if needed and continue kneading till the dough comes away from the work surface.
  5. Knead for around 5-7 minutes, then place the dough into a bowl. Pour 1 teaspoon oil over the dough, turn over to coat completely. Cover loosely with clingfilm and leave in a warm place untill it has doubled in size.
  6. Apply a little oil on the baking tin/sheet. Sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal on it.
  7. Press the dough into the tin, cover once again with film, and set aside for another half hour or until the dough is well risen. Remove the film, and sprinkle with the remaining oil and coarse salt.
  8. Bake the bread at 400F for 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch.
  9. Remove from oven and tin. Be careful, the bread will be very hot at this point.
  10. Serve immediately with a soup, dip, or topping of choice.
This bread goes to Roma @ Roma's Space. Roma is hosting JFI Wheat this March! They also go to Sandy At The Baker's Bench. I am joining her in her new adventure A Year of Bake Your Own Bread.

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  1. I have never heard of this one before. Thanks a lot for introducing it to me.

  2. Whole wheat is a wonderful idea for focaccia. Think I'll try it the next time I make minestrone. Thanks for the idea.

    (Apu - Pls check your email when you get a moment. The second message is more current.)

  3. Looks very good! I have never made foccacia with whole wheat before, I'll have to try it

  4. Looks great! I've only made foccacia with AP flour, but the whole wheat sounds like a good variation.

  5. Good to try it. I think it's ur first try. Good idea for trying it with wheat flour.


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