Roasted Tomato Focaccia Bread


I wanted to make cheese breadsticks over the weekend.  I started experimenting with different dough to use but I couldn’t find the right one: one that is soft and crunchy at the same time.  I tried the olive oil dough I used for my grilled garden pizza recipe, stretched a one-pound portion over a small baking pan and left it alone to rise. Then I forgot about it and by the time I added the herbs and spices, it wasn’t as soft as I wanted it to be.  It was more crusty (like a pizza) than soft (like bread).  Oh well… the resulting focaccia wasn’t all that bad.  My friends ate them (that is why they are my friends!) and seem to enjoy the crunchy goodness.  I’ll keep experimenting…


  • 1 lb olive oil dough
  • 1/3 cup roasted tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbs herb de provence
  • 1 tbs coarse sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil



  1. Place an empty baking pan (or roasting pan) on one of the shelves of the oven. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Prepare bread. Pour 1 tbs olive oil on  a  9 1/2 by 13 baking sheet, spreading all ove the bottom.  Roll out dough into a rectangle about the size of the baking sheet.  Place dough on the baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until dough is touching sides of the pan, about 20 – 30 minutes.
  3. When dough is ready, pour the rest of olive oil on top of dough.   Spread the roasted tomatoes then add the herb de provence, salt and pepper.
  4. Place dough in oven. Pour one cup warm water on the empty baking pan and immediately close the oven door.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until sides of bread are lightly browned. Cool in wire rack before cutting into strips or squares.
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» Pam said: { Sep 7, 2009 - 07:09 }

Your focaccia look delicious! A nice glass of wine would go great with these. :~)

» CheapAppetite said: { Sep 7, 2009 - 08:09 }

Even with a bit of hiccup, your foccacia still looks yummy:) I like the roasted tomatoes on top.

» MaryMoh said: { Sep 7, 2009 - 10:09 }

I have been thinking of focaccia bread & here it is…..such a good looking, mouth-watering picture of it.

» penny aka jeroxie said: { Sep 8, 2009 - 03:09 }

makes really good rustic finger food! yum :)

» Jessie said: { Sep 8, 2009 - 06:09 }

that is one delicious looking bread, I can almost taste it just by looking at those photos

» Rochelle (Acquired Taste) said: { Sep 8, 2009 - 06:09 }

That looks delicious! I’ve been thinking about trying to make my own Focaccia bread, but have yet to try it. I’m beginning to think I really NEED to try it :)

» Alta said: { Sep 8, 2009 - 08:09 }

Looks lovely!

» virtual chef said: { Sep 8, 2009 - 08:09 }

Pam: thank you. yes, that glass of wine sounds perfect!

CheapAppetite: thank you. my friends ate them so i guess it wasn’t so bad. :)

Mary: thank you.

penny: especially on cold days when you’re having something hot like soup or even tea!

Jessie: thank you…i hope my next try is drool-worthy, too!

Rochelle: go for it! let me know how it turns out…! :)

Alta: thanks!

» Gina said: { Sep 8, 2009 - 04:09 }

Wow, that looks like the best bread ever!

» Shauna said: { Sep 8, 2009 - 05:09 }

This not only looks beautiful but sounds delicious! I love focaccia.

» rgroxasmd said: { Sep 8, 2009 - 06:09 }

I’m one of those who eat the crust of bread before the middle, so this was perfect for me. Not only crusty but also flavorful.

» virtual chef said: { Sep 9, 2009 - 06:09 }

Gina and Shauna: thank you.

ron: glad you liked it!

» Annie's Pantry said: { Sep 9, 2009 - 05:09 }

This looks so yummy…..!

» Misisbau said: { Sep 9, 2009 - 06:09 }

Hi. I’m always having trouble making bread and I admire those who can! Nice work :-) Looks yummy.

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