Focaccia Guest Post Photo 1 thumb Slow Roasted Tomato and Olive Focaccia

How gorgeous is that photo above? Don’t you just wanna pick up that piece of bread and dip it in the olive oil? I DO!

This guest-post thingamajig rocks! Look at all the deliciousness I have posted in the past couple of weeks, and the amazing bloggers I have come to know so far – I am truly blown away.

My guest post today comes from The *brilliant* Kitchenarian. If you have not met her, yet, you are in for a wonderful journey.

Lorie, apart from her talents in the kitchen, she is one of the loveliest people I have ever come across. Her soothing voice speaks to you through her blog, and her caring nature can be felt as soon as you meet…errrr…read her.


I am so excited to be over here at Diethood today. I have known Kate for quite a while and consider her one of my dearest foodie friends. I love to pop over to her blog often to see what delicious treats she has made. Earlier in the summer, Kate made some delicious Oatmeal Raisin Muffins over at my blog while I was away on vacation. I am so thrilled she has invited me here today to share a recipe with you while she is taking a little bit of time away.

When Kate asked me to guest post on her blog, I knew almost right away what I was going to make. Both Kate and I made slow roasted tomatoes a few weeks ago for French Fridays with Dorie and she commented that she made them often in her house. When I made that dish, I thought to myself how they would be the perfect topping for focaccia.

Focaccia is such a great bread to make. I think it is pretty much no fail. It can be made thick or thin, crunchy on top or not, but it is almost always soft in the center. I like mine baked to a nice golden brown with coarse salt and other savory ingredients sprinkled on top. I love to serve it with a nice olive oil for dipping. This is a great recipe adapted from one I discovered at that is easy to make and delicious with whatever you choose to put on top. I don’t include measurements for the toppings, because you can add whatever amounts you like. Some people like a few ingredients scattered on top, and some like it piled high.

Focaccia Guest Post Photo 2 thumb Slow Roasted Tomato and Olive Focaccia

Slow Roasted Tomato and Olive Focaccia

You will need:

  • 2 teaspoons rapid-rising dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Cornmeal, for dusting

Toppings for this recipe:

  • Olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • Slow roasted tomatoes (or sundried tomatoes)
  • Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

Optional Toppings:

  • Carmelized onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Fresh Herbs


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Proof the yeast in the bowl of a standing mixer by combining it with the sugar and warm water. Stir to dissolve. Let stand 3 minutes until foam appears.
  • Using a dough hook attachment, turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour to the bowl.
  • Dissolve salt in 2 tablespoons of water and add it to the bowl.
  • Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil.
  • When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium.
  • Mix until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary.
  • Turn the dough onto a work surface and fold over itself a few times.
  • Form the dough into a round and place in an oiled bowl, turn to coat the entire ball with oil.
  • Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Grease a jelly roll pan with olive oil and sprinkle with corn meal.
  • Once the dough is doubled and domed, turn it out onto the counter.
  • Roll and stretch the dough out to an oblong shape about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Place dough on the pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover the dough and dimple with your fingertips.
  • Brush the surface with more olive oil and then add your toppings.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned on top.


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  1. Cucina49 September 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM - Reply

    Wow, that’s gorgeous! Love the little dipping oil bowl, too. This is a little different than my normal foccacia recipe–will have to try it!

  2. kita September 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM - Reply

    Mmmm does it get any more perfect than the savory combination of bread and olive oil as with focaccia? What an awesome guest post, Lorie! I’m stuffed from supper but would happily indulge on some of this beautiful bread!

  3. The Farmers Wife September 15, 2011 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    This is to die for! Great post by 2 of my favorite bloggers!

  4. Fresh and Foodie September 15, 2011 at 2:21 PM - Reply

    I love focaccia, and the tomatoes and olives on top make yours extra special. Looks really awesome.

  5. Terra September 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM - Reply

    I seriously want to find a way to grab a piece of that delicious bread from my screen….OH MY YUM!!! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  6. Kimberly (unrivaledkitch) September 14, 2011 at 6:46 PM - Reply

    focaccia is my favorite. I can’t wait for cooler weather to start baking some up.

    beautiful post

  7. Carrie @ Pure and Yummy September 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM - Reply

    This looks and sounds delicious! Love the cute dipping dish! I am a sucker for bread dipped in oil and vinegar.

  8. Cassie @ Bake Your Day September 14, 2011 at 2:36 PM - Reply

    This bread is so gorgeous. I will have to make this with the soups and chilies that I’m planning this fall, delicious. Great guest post!

  9. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour September 14, 2011 at 8:54 AM - Reply

    Nice to meet you, Lorie! Your focaccia looks marvelous!

  10. Ann September 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM - Reply

    Delicious! What a great post….between you two it’s a match made in culinary heaven!

  11. Happy When Not Hungry September 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM - Reply

    Love focaccia! Your photos are beautiful too!

  12. JL goes Vegan September 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM - Reply

    Beautiful! You are so talented!

  13. Noya - gluttonandstudent September 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM - Reply

    This looks soooo yummy! I love focaccia, and with the addition of olive oil? out of this world!

    I really love that dipping bowl, too. Where I used to work, we sold ones just like it. They were imported from Italy from a woman who hand made them. They look awesome with a layer of balsamic sitting at the bottom.

  14. Parsley Sage September 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM - Reply

    Heck yea I do! Dip and dip and dip and slurp! That looks amazing :) Great guest post! Buzzed

  15. Lindsey@Lindselicious September 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    Oooh that focaccia looks so good! I totally want to soak up all that olive oil with it. Great guest post!

  16. abby September 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM - Reply

    I absolutely love, LOVE focaccia bread. This looks so simple and delicious and well worth it to make

  17. Sandra September 13, 2011 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    Focaccia is a real treat and I’d love to have it more often but know I shouldn’t. Your recipe sounds great and the pictures are fantastic.

  18. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 13, 2011 at 2:11 PM - Reply

    What a gorgeous bread! I love Focaccia bread, and roasted tomatoes are a perfect topping!

  19. Yesim September 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    i ve a fav restaurant here in istanbul , before food they always bring this bread ond olive oil and always thought it s delicious, however i ve tried to cook i was failed now i ve the recipe!! tx u!!

  20. Liz @ Southern Charm September 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    I love focaccia. Thanks for this recipe. Can’t wait to take a stab at it :)

  21. RavieNomNoms September 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM - Reply

    That looks absolutely amazing….I adore focaccia bread!

  22. Steph@stephsbitebybite September 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM - Reply

    YES! I totally want to snatch that piece of bread and s-o-a-k it in the olive oil!! Screw those Italian restaurants! I need this!!

  23. Wow, that looks divine. yes, I definitely want to grab a piece of bread and dunk it in the olive oil (especially if it’s garlic infused!). No, I’m not glad that you’re away, but yes, I am thrilled that you’ve allowed us to meet so many of your blogging friends. This is beautiful.

  24. Liz September 13, 2011 at 1:10 PM - Reply

    Oh, how I love a pairing of two of my favorite bloggers! Kate, I hope you’re enjoying every second of your holiday! Lorie, this is gorgeous bread…especially topped with our favorite twist on tomatoes! Perfect side for so many meals~

  25. Sandi September 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM - Reply

    Yes, that picture is lovely..very BUZZable!

  26. Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan September 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM - Reply

    I cannot believe how delicious this looks!

  27. Sandra's Easy Cooking September 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM - Reply

    One more awesome guest post..Very beautiful and tasty focaccia Lorie. Great photos too…Nice job ladies!

  28. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen September 13, 2011 at 11:09 AM - Reply

    Ooooh! Thanks for sharing! And how adorable is that dipping dish?!

  29. shabs September 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM - Reply

    Ooooh !!! The foccacia looks incredible , I have to make it .

  30. Carolyn September 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM - Reply

    Oooo, this bread looks wonderful! I love Kitchenarian! Buzzed.

  31. Amee September 13, 2011 at 10:34 AM - Reply

    Very, very enticing – I am mentally dipping the bread right now….

  32. Tina@flourtrader September 13, 2011 at 9:56 AM - Reply

    Wonderful guest post. Foccacia is so versatile, but I do find the combo of tomatoes and olives on top very enticing. I will need to try this recipe. Yum!

  33. Elies_Lie September 13, 2011 at 9:29 AM - Reply

    Oh well… I Do too!!
    count me in kate! dip-dip! haha ha!
    Gergous photos & lovely recipe! Tq for sharing! ;)

  34. Adriana September 13, 2011 at 9:11 AM - Reply

    Beautiful! I love the tomato infused oil from the slow roasted tomatoes – it would be wonderful to use for this focaccia!

  35. Lacy September 13, 2011 at 9:07 AM - Reply

    Yum!! This foccacia looks fantastic! I love the olives on top, I think I may just have to try this out. :)

  36. Kristy September 13, 2011 at 8:38 AM - Reply

    This looks so good! I have seen a few foccacia recipes lately. I think that’s a sign I try and make one. I know I sure love to eat it! Hope the trip is going well and another great guest post!

  37. Meagan Wied September 13, 2011 at 8:26 AM - Reply

    I can’t wait to make this recipe! Also, that is a beautiful picture.

  38. Charlie September 13, 2011 at 8:21 AM - Reply

    This foccacia looks incredible! You can never go wrong with roasted tomatoes and kalamata olives ;).

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