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Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

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Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread with herbs is a simple and easy bread that is perfect for any occasion be it a game night or family dinner or good for a lunchbox or after school snacks.

Whole Wheat focaccia bread seen on white parchment paper
Whole Wheat Focaccia Loaf
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What is Focaccia?

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread similar in style and texture to the pizza. It is generally ½ to 1 inch thick and typically seasoned with olive oil and salt. It may be topped with herbs, veggies and fruits. A savoury and sweet version exists. It is typical of Liguria but is popular throughout Italy.

Bread slices close up texture seen which is arranged one above the other on a black cheese board. Seen in the background is a loaf of bread
Whole Wheat Focaccia

What is Focaccia made of?

Focaccia uses similar ingredients to that of bread dough. Flour, salt, yeast, oil and water is used to make this easy bread. Rising time varies and if one wants light and fragrant bread it is best to ferment it for more than a day. 

Once the bread is fermented it is by hand and shaped. Indentations are made on the top with fingers and a generous amount of olive oil is spread on it. It is then seasoned with salt and herbs and then baked in an oven. 

The flour used in Focaccia

Typically strong flour which has high gluten is used in focaccia bread. It gives the bread a nice, light and airy texture. I wanted to see the difference and hence I made 2 loaves of bread simultaneously. One with whole wheat flour and one with all-purpose flour or maida.

Whole Wheat Focaccia bread had a little coarse texture than the plain flour focaccia. The taste for both of the bread was good, but of course, there is a difference in the texture of bread differs with different flours. 

I used exactly the same recipe for both and you can see the difference for yourself. Both the bread had a wonderful rise and both were soft and with the perfect crumb and texture. 

Top view of bread on a parchment paper with some slices seen

Toppings on Focaccia / What goes well on Focaccia

The traditional way is to just use a generous amount of olive oil and salt. Fresh or dried herbs like rosemary and basil can be added, topped up with parmesan or mozzarella cheese. 

Most of the common toppings include cherry tomatoes. One can even top it up with some caramelized onions or peppers. 

Sweet focaccia has a topping of raisins, nuts and different kinds of fruits. The possibilities are endless and one can simply experiment.

How to serve focaccia

This is best served warmed. Focaccia goes perfect as an appetizer or your breakfast with or without dips. They go best as a side with a hot bowl of soup. They are best with hot curries and pasta. 

Focaccia bread with tomatoes and onions on a black baking tray
All-Purpose/Plain Flour Focaccia

Afterschool Snack / Lunchbox / Picnic Food Idea

Focaccia bread is the perfect afterschool snacks or lunchbox idea for your kids or adults. As they are thick, they can be served as a sandwich too. Simply cut open and spread with some jam, pesto or cheese. This bread can be stuffed with salads or meats and serve as the perfect grab and go food. They make excellent picnic food.

A few similar afterschool or lunch box recipes that kids enjoy is this, Swirl Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread which has either herbs or chocolate as its stuffing. This Barley Flour Vegetarian Pizza is also a great hit with kids and is the perfect idea for kids parties.

Recipes with leftover focaccia

Leftover focaccia bread can be made into croutons. Croutons can be added to salads and soups. Focaccia french toast is another way to use leftover bread. 

Breadcrumbs can be made with leftover focaccia and can be added to different patties or can be used as a part of a stuffing. Sweet focaccia can be turned into a delicious pudding. 

Tomato and onion focaccia bread seen on a blue board with some slices here and there
All-Purpose/Plain Flour Focaccia

How to store Focaccia

Focaccia is best served warm, however, you can store this in the fridge for up to 2 days. One can even store it in the freezer. For storing let it cool down completely. Slice and store it into an air-tight container or a ziplock. It should be heated in a microwave or an oven before serving. When heating in a microwave keep a small glass of water on the side or else your focaccia will turn hard.

Close up texture of focaccia bread
All-Purpose/Plain Flour Focaccia

If you are looking for a few more bread recipes that can be served as a side, then try our most popular recipe Eggless Challah Bread, which is also Vegan. It is an easy bread that can be served as a side to any curries or dips.

Recipe process of Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

The process is pretty much similar to any other bread. First, you let the yeast activate in sweetened lukewarm water. Flour, Salt and oil are added to the dough. An activated yeast mixture is added and the dough kneaded. I am using a stand mixer, one can use hands to knead the dough as well.

After about 5-6 minutes the dough should be well kneaded. Let it rest for at least an hour. For more flavour and light texture it is best to let it rise overnight or 8-10 hours. 

Once the dough has well risen and you are ready to bake, spread oil on a rectangular sheet or a round baking tray as required. With a lightly oiled finger spread out the dough on the sheet. Cover and let it rise for 30-50 minutes.

Once risen, make the classic holes in focaccia with the help of your fingers. Drizzle generously with oil and salt. Sprinkle with herbs of your choice. I have added rosemary, oil and salt to my whole wheat focaccia. Caramelized onion, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese go in the all-purpose focaccia. 

It is then baked in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes. 

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Recipe of Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

Whole Wheat focaccia bread seen on white parchment paper

Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread with herbs is a simple and easy bread that is perfect for any occasion, family dinner or best for a lunchbox or after school snacks.
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: European, Italian
Keyword: After school Snacks, Baking, Bread, EasyBread, Eggless Bakes, Focaccia, Lunch Box, Picnic Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 1 9*13 inch Loaf
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Cups 420 grams – 14.8 Oz Whole Wheat Flour (Same cup measurement used for flour/All-Purpose Flour/Plain Flour/Maida – weight measurement might differ depending on flour)
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt -or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Honey/Maple Syrup – or Sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive oil for dough
  • 1 Cup – 235 ml lukewarm water

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil for topping
  • Sea salt for topping
  • Few sprigs of Rosemary or oregano – Herbs of your choice
  • Tomatoes -onions or veggies as preferred.

Instructions

  • In a bowl add in the lukewarm water, sweetener and yeast.
    1 teaspoon Honey/Maple Syrup, 1 Cup – 235 ml lukewarm water, 1 teaspoon dry yeast
    yeast mixture
  • Let the yeast bloom. It should take around 5-10 minutes.
  • Once done, in a bowl of your stand mixer and in the flour, salt, olive oil and mix.
    2.5 Cups 420 grams – 14.8 Oz Whole Wheat Flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon of Olive oil for dough
    Flour for focaccia bread with oil added
  • Now add the bloomed yeast mixture and knead the dough on slow initially.
    Yeast mixture added to the flour mixture
  • Once the mixture is completely mixed, increase the speed and knead for 8-10 minutes until the dough comes together.
    Ready dough
  • It is done when the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Remove it on a surface top and form a ball shape.
    Dough ready to be proved
  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl.
  • Cover and let it rise for 1.5-2 hours or overnight.
    The proved dough
  • Once done, Oil the baking sheet.
  • Using your hands shape the dough into a rectangular to fit the pan.
    Focaccia patted on a baking sheet
  • Try to be as even as possible. That is maintain the thickness throughout.
  • Let the dough rest again for 30-60 minutes or until double in size.
  • Once it is double in size, poke the dough with your fingers.
  • Drizzle a generous amount of oil and salt on it.
    2 tablespoons of Olive oil for topping, Sea salt for topping
    Oil and herbs drizzled on focaccia bread
  • Top it up with a topping of your choice.
    Few sprigs of Rosemary or oregano, Tomatoes
    Toppings tomato, cheese and onion drizzled on focaccia bread
  • Bake it in a preheated oven (200 Deg C/390 Deg F) for 20-30 minutes
  • Once done, remove and lightly brush it again with olive oil for better taste.
    Whole Wheat focaccia bread seen on white parchment paper
  • Cut and serve warm.

Notes

Standard US Cup size used.
Flour weight can be slightly up and down depending on the flour used.
Toppings of your choice can be used.
The dough can be kept in the fridge for a slow rise for up to 2 days.
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Archana

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Yum focaccia bread!My favourite bread! Love the beautiful rise of the bread and definitely love the use of whole wheat flour.

Sowmya

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Focaccia is one of my favourite breads. Love what you have done with this whole wheat version. It looks amazing with such a beautiful colour!!!

Mayuri Patel

Monday 20th of December 2021

One of the easiest and delicious flatbreads to bake Renu. Love how versatile it is as one can add any topping of their choice. Love how you've used wholewheat. I usually use half wheat and half plain flour. Next time will try with strong wheat flour.

Stephanie Simmons

Friday 7th of December 2018

I love this focaccia bread! It's easy to make and so delicious! I love cutting it into bite size pieces and adding it to my holiday cheese boards with olive oil for dipping!

CookwithRenu

Friday 7th of December 2018

Ah nice... Thank You

Mirlene

Monday 3rd of December 2018

I have not tried focaccia bread but i am certainly interested in trying this bread and your recipe. We try to accompany bread with our meals as often as possible. I can't wait to try your recipe.

CookwithRenu

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Thank You