When we went to Rome for our honeymoon, I remember we were ravishingly hungry and we came across a beautiful quaint panettaria where they were selling this amazing classic focaccia bread. I requested mine simply to be filled with melted cheese and tomato and what a great choice. The focaccia sandwich was soo delicious. The tomatoes in Italy are really quite something else with this moist, soft airy bread! I was in heaven!
I’ve made focaccia once before with rosemary but this time wanted to mix up the flavours a little. As you know from past posts I love chilli and wanted to give this loaf a little heat plus the aroma of coriander really carries this wonderful bread.
I’m going to love you and and leave you as I’m about to recreate my honeymoon sandwich! See you soon! Happy baking! x
500g strong bread flour
2 packets of fast action yeast
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
Handful of roughly chopped fresh coriander
1 1/2 tsp red chilli seeds
2 cloves garlic crushed
400 ml of cold water
A little water
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt, olive oil, coriander and chilli seeds. Pour in the water a little at a time and with a wooden spoon or yours hands bring the dough together. It is a wet sticky dough so don’t be alarmed and do not add any extra flour.
2. Knead for 5 minutes and then add a little olive oil to your hands to avoid sticking. Work the dough by stretching the edges of it to the centre, repeat for 5 minutes. Oil the base of the bowl and knead for a further 5 minutes.
3. Cover and leave to prove until the dough doubles it’s own size. Can take up to half an hour
4. Line a shallow baking tray with grease proof paper, tip the risen dough out and stretch gently onto the sheet, pushing into the corners (about 2.5cm in thickness). Top the dough with some extra coriander, dip your index finger in some water and indent the dough with holes in rows along the dough
5. Leave to prove the loaf for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 220ºc/425ºf/gas mark 7. Once proved drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle a little sea salt. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with some butter!
Adapted and inspired by Paul Hollywood’s focaccia
Looks absolutely delicious!
Thank you! I’ve still got some left for dinner yay! 🙂
Beautiful. I made some a day ago but used traditional Italian herbs. I made it more thin for a bread and dip appetizer. Was gone at the party in no time. Your experiment had tempered me to experiment with Indian herbs this time. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! My pleasure, the chilli is a great addition makes it even more moreish than it already is 🙂
Wow, this looks amazing! Focaccia is one of my favorite breads. Bookmarking this recipe–thanks for sharing!
Thank you! That’s very sweet of you 🙂
Looks delicious and what a beautiful flavour combination!
Thank you so much! The flavours really worked 🙂
What a fantastic idea for focaccia and coriander if my absolute favourite herb.
Have a lovely day and thanks again for stopping by my blog.
🙂 Mandy xo
Thank you and you too 🙂
Foccacia is my favorite. I love it with roasted tomatoes and herbs. But I have never tried coriander, chili and garlic before…but I love all of these three ingredients. I have to make this….. it looks so heavenly good!
Thank you soo much! I will definitely try it out with roasted tomatoes and herbs sounds great 🙂
Do let me know how it turns out 🙂
All the ingredients in this Foccacia are flavoursome. My daughter likes savoury food and let me surprise her with this.
That will be nice! I found that I always have these ingredients to hand so I can make it anytime. Hope your daughter enjoys 🙂
I made this last week and it was loved so much that I made it again over the weekend!I made a slight addition of a few chopped up sundried tomatoes. Thank you Dimple!
My pleasure Harsha! Really happy that you enjoyed it and the sun dried tomatoes sound like a great addition. I will try that! Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback 🙂
Beautiful bread! This is almost Mexican-Italian fusion with the use of cilantro (coriander) and the chile (jalapeño). I love focaccia. It sounds like you have lovely memories of your honeymoon, as you have mentioned it in a few posts – I bet Italy was JUST amazing!!!!
Yes it was! It was wonderful! Thank you 🙂
Reblogged this on Shivaay Delights and commented:
Seriously comforting with a bowl of soup in this cold weather! Enjoy, Much love D x
Just what I want to eat right now!
Thanks Radhika… you can really taste the individual flavours in it x
That looks mouthwatering!!!! 😊
Yum! Focaccia is on my “to make” list!
Oh! You must… it’s so worth it! Mine doesn’t even leave the baking pan its been baked in and put on a plate as we just tear and share. It goes so quick 😉
🙂 so many recipes, so little time!! X
True! But soo much fun to learn from everyone and I’m so inspired since I’ve been blogging xxx
Oh, this is lovely. I have a big pot of soup simmering on the stove, and was just thinking I should throw a loaf of bread in the oven. This will be perfect! Adding coriander to my grocery list, and giving this recipe a try today! ❤
Aww fantastic! Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it. Please do post or email some pictures to me. Will be lovely to see x which soup have you made?
looks yummy – coriander is an interesting addition!
Thank you! The coriander works well…:)
Gorgeous focaccia. And love the fusion twist with the addition of coriander.
Thank you honey xx
gorgeous! I like the idea of chilli in it. a good twist 🙂
Thank you Maisa…the chilli adds a little warmth to the palette! 🙂
I really like that you added coriander and chili flakes to the focaccia…it sounds great.
Thank you very much Karen! It did give the traditional Italian bread an Indian feel 🙂
The pictures already looked lovely, but knowing it was inspired by your honeymoon….aah!!
Thanks Afra! Yes I remember it well! If only we could travel back in time 🙂
I always love your recipes! Can’t wait for you guestblog! This would be a lovely post!! XO
Hi Karine, thank you ever so much. I will definitely come up with a recipe for you soon. In the meantime if you like this one you can reblog it as a guest recipe on your blog. Hope your well x
Dimple, this looks beautiful! I love Focaccia and bake it often 🙂
Hey honey!! Welcome Garima to the WP family…Thank you..I too love focaccia x
Cheers to that 😀 ❤
❤ Thanks 🙂
Awesome, Dimple! It’s a good thing I joined Chef at Large just yesterday! I’m glad I
found this post of yours. 🙂