Among the many questions I get, I have been asked how to make onion focaccia and exactly how much flour is needed to make focaccia dough in general. So, since I had guests today, I decided to show once again the procedure for the focaccia recipe, adding a few tips and details concerning the one with onions. Alessandra successfully tested this recipe and you can read all about it in her blog I made three focaccias, 40 by 25 cm in size. Here are the ingredients for a single one:
- Room temperature must be around 22°C
- 200 g warm water
- 5g Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Malt
- 20 g Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 320 g Flour
- 1 bustina di Lievito secco (1/2 cube of yeast)
If you don’t have a mixer, you can find out how to knead the dough by hand – using the above ingredients – in this video.
- I mixed and kneaded all ingredients until everything was well combined into a dough.
- I let the dough rest for 5 mins on the worktop.
- Then I put 520g of dough on each well greased baking sheet
- I sprinkled oil on the surface to avoid it going hard and crusty.
- After one hour, the dough had doubled in volume and was ready to be stretched.
- You stretch the dough by pressing on it gently, NOT pulling or tugging on it. If the dough has risen correctly, stretching is a simple procedure when using the technique in this video.
- As you can see in the above video, after stretching it, you sprinkle salt on the entire surface.
- Let it sit for 30 more minutes and your dough is ready to be dimpled.
- Sprinkle a little warm water on the surface and a little oil, then firmly dimple the dough using your fingers, as shown in this video:
- I had previously prepared the onions as explained in this video:.
- In winter, I heat the onions 40 seconds in the microwave before I scatter them onto the focaccia, so they won’t slow down the leavening process.
- Now, you can put the onions or other toppings (olives or tomatoes) on the focaccia
- Let it rise for at least 60 minutes
- Bake the focaccia for about 15 minutes at 220-240°C
- If the crust becomes too thick or hard, put a small pot of water in the oven as it heats up and during baking so as to increase the level of humidity inside.
Here’s the final result