Listen, there’s bread and then there’s focaccia. The famous bread that TikTok built in peak lockdown, kind of.
The airy oven-baked Italian loaf is the pinnacle of summer carbs – fuss-free, delicious when served warm alongside a chicken salad or as the foundation of a sandwich itself and easy to tailor to your tastebuds. In other words, everyone needs a focaccia bosom for a pillow.
It’s shockingly simple to make from scratch with plenty of tasty toppings to try from your classic failsafe rosemary and sea salt combo to balsamic onion and thyme and mixed olives and gorgonzola. Ready to dimple ya dough (it’s better than slime ASMR) and play your bread like a piano? Of course you are. Here are 15 ways to focaccia this summer…
1. Three Cheese Focaccia
Because one cheese is never enough, get thrice the joy with this gorgonzola, mozzarella and parmesan triple threat.
2. Asparagus, Lemon & Feta Focaccia
Simple, seasonal and perfect for sharing (if you have to) this fresh take on focaccia makes for the perfect dish to celebrate outdoor season with your nearest and dearest. Drizzle with honey and tuck in. Anyone else feel like singing Martine McCutcheon?
3. Goat Cheese, Pistachio & Rosemary Focaccia
No-knead dense and chewy focaccia dough crowned with tangy goat cheese, salty pistachios and earthy rosemary. Sublime.
4. Garden Focaccia
Forget beer gardens, bread gardens are where it’s at this summer. For any creative types looking to impress guests with an edible masterpiece, feast your eyes on this Vincent Van Dough recipe. Turns out feathery parsley, toms, bell peppers and onions can make for wonderful bread bouquets.
5. Pesto, Garlic & Olive Focaccia
We will not tolerate olive slander round here, at least not until you’ve given this recipe a good go.
6. Sundried Tomato, Artichoke & Parmesan Focaccia
Smells a lot like quitting your job and opening a focaccia stand. You’ll see.
7. Garlicky Potato “Potaccia”
Hands up if you’ve ever felt personally victimised by #Breadtok. Just when we thought yeast had peaked, this iconic crunchy potaccia came along. Just use garlic-infused oil to enhance the bread’s flavour and make sure you bake your potato slices for 10-15 minutes beforehand for extra crunch.
8. Sweet Focaccia with Figs, Plums & Hazelnuts
For something a little sweeter, try this caramelised plums, figs and hazelnuts iteration.
9. Blood orange, Honey & Rosemary Focaccia
As classic focaccia toppings go, this recipe is as rebellious as they come. The herb ‘n’ fruit ship is unexpected but we’re on board with forward thinking.
10. Strawberry Focaccia with Maple Syrup Glaze
Focaccia but make it fruity. And cottagecore.
11. Peach & Thyme Focaccia
Nothing says summer like baked peaches. Serve warm alongside a generous bowl of olive oil, balsamic vinegar sprinkled with salt and pepper for dipping for the perfect sweet and salty garden snack.
12. Caramelised Sweet Potato Focaccia
Grated Gouda, toasted walnuts and caramelised sweet potato. We are deceased.
13. Onion and Leek Focaccia
This is landscape gardening done right. Add caramelised onion into the dough and top with woodsy chives, leeks and rosemary for an unforgettable bake.
14. Apple & Cinnamon Focaccia
Forever a winning dessert combo, apple and cinnamon make for a comforting non-traditional take on this savoury Italian favourite. Here. For. It.
15. Potato, Beetroot & Thyme Focaccia
This bloody lovely loaf deserves to come along to your next picnic. A healthy dollop of chutney comes highly recommended.