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Caramelized Vidalia Onion Focaccia-Twelve Loaves


Caramelized Vidalia Onion Focaccia

I seem to be making many things with caramelized onions these days. But by far, my favorite way to have them recently is this caramelized Vidalia onion focaccia I'm sharing here with you today!



Vidalia onions have a very distinctive sweet taste to them. I think they make just about any recipe taste a little better! I add them caramelized to soups and to sauces. And my most favorite way to use them is topped on pizza and focaccia!
Caramelized Vidalia Onion Focaccia



#TwelveLoaves October-Root Vegetables. September was about baking with our finds from the Farmers Markets. We are continuing exploring what is in season and our October baking mission is about Root Vegetables. Share your October Root Vegetable Bread (yeast or quick bread). Let's get baking!





Amazing breads we baked for the October 2013 #TwelveLoaves event:




This is what we’ve made so far in the group:  2012 May theme: Focaccia June theme: Corn Rolls July theme: Challah August theme: Summer Fruit September: Say CHEESE! October: Seeds, nuts and grains November: Autumn Fruits: Apples and Pears December: Boozy Bread 2013 January: Clean Slate February: Open Challenge March: Holiday Breads April: Berries May: Open Theme June: Summer Buns July: Stone Fruits August: Savory  September: Farmers Markets
Caramelized Vidalia Onion Focaccia

When it came time to decide what to bake with our Root Vegetable theme, I have to say I was definitely leaning towards a bread with potatoes.



Immediately didn't happen...but a couple of nights later I did decide to bake something similar. I made the focaccia recipe I always make.  I had to caramelize onions because, well, that's what we do here pretty often. I had two different types of mozzarella cheese around and went for the shredded version. The fresh mozzarella can be runny sometimes. And I didn't want a runny bread to share with all of you! What was the verdict? Hubby proclaimed I made a fantastic: "focaccia Genovese just like my zio Antonio makes". His zio Antonio is a stellar bakery with a few pastry shops in Italy. That was taken as a huge compliment.

The focaccia was my dinner. Really, there wasn't any thing else I wanted to eat after I took a bite of this fluffy, cheesy, just the right sweet Vidalia onion caramel sweetness, bread. I think you should make it too!

Caramelized Vidalia Onion Focaccia

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 2-2 1/2 hours
Cook Time: approx 30 minutes

Ingredients (one 101/2 x 151/2-inch jelly r)
    dough
    • 1 1/3 cups warm tap water (about 110 degrees)
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 3 teaspoons sea salt
    topping
    • 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • caramelized onion
    • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
    • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
    • 1-3 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
    to caramelize onion
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 large onion
    Instructions
    one 101/2 x 151/2-inch jelly roll or a 14-inch round pan (for my round one, I used a 9-inch cake pan and it was very fluffy. The kids loved it!)

    In a small bowl, add the water and sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil and whisk together. Set aside.

    In large mixing bowl, add the flour and 3 teaspoons of salt; whisk together or mix together on low speed in your mixer.

    Add the yeast mixture and about half of the flour mixture. Stir with a rubber spatula until it is combined. Attach the dough hook to your mixer and add the remaining flour. Mix on low speed for about three minutes. If the dough seems to be too dry, add warm water a teaspoon at a time until you obtain a softer dough.

    Form the dough into a ball and place into an oiled bowl (when I put the dough in the bowl I swish the dough around the bottom of the bowl and then flip it over so all of the dough is covered in a light film of oil). Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature until doubled in size (about 1-1 1/2 hours).

    While the dough is rising, caramelize the onion if using it for topping.

    Caramelize onion:
    In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive- oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions to the skillet and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over it. Stir occasionally and cook until tender (takes about 10-15 minutes
    until golden).

    Place the dough on a parchment lined pan. Pat and press the dough gently until the dough fills the pan completely. If the dough resists, let it rest for a few minutes before continuing (sometimes the dough can be moody). Cover the dough with a piece of plastic wrap and let it rise again until doubled in size (about 40-60 minutes).

    Set a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 425 F.
    When the dough has doubled in size, remove the plastic wrap. Dimple the surface of the risen focaccia using your fingertips.

    Brush on the remaining olive oil to the surface of the dough. Sprinkle on the sea salt (add the amount of salt you prefer. We like it a little saltier. Sprinkle on the chopped parsley and caramelized onions.
    Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and puffed around the edges. Remove the focaccia from the oven and top with cheese. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted, gooey and brown. Bake for about another 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, gooey and sort of brown.

    Remove from oven. Lift the focaccia from the pan with the parchment paper edges onto a cutting board. You’re supposed to let it cool a little on a rack before serving. That never happens over here. Cut and serve

    30 comments

    1. Wow. Just, WOW. I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing this looks, Lora. I can almost taste the sweetness of those onions. I can tell just at a glance, that I would eat far too much of this gorgeous focaccia in one sitting ;).

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    3. Oh, my. SO cheesy and amazing! I adore caramelized onions and this looks like the BEST way to enjoy them :)

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    5. Ohh I can smell this baking - wonderful flavors - so perfect for Fall
      Mary x

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    7. This needs to make it to our dinner table!! DELICIOUS!!

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    8. You had me at caramelized onions. My eyes glazed over as I was looking at that gorgeous focaccia. Stunning choice for TwelvesLoaves!

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    9. So lovely, caramalized onions are the best. so perfect.

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    10. I love caramelized onions, a wonderful focaccia!

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    11. A scrumptious foccacia! What a great choice of toppings. I particularly like caramelized onions.

      cheers,

      Rosa

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    12. I didn't know Vitalia onion variety. Your focaccia looks really yummie.

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    13. oh my goodness, Lora! this caramelized vidalia onion focaccia looks fabulous! so glad you made this! Pinned! can't wait to bake some focaccia!!

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    14. Yum! The gooey cheese and the caramelized onions are a wonderful combination!

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    15. I am not much of a bread baker, but I want to be a bread baker. This seems like something I could tackle and end up with a tasty result. My family loves caramelized onions too, so I am inspired to try this soon, maybe with some Maui onions. Fingers crossed :)

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    16. Oh...beautiful foccacia Lora! I love Vidalia onions for their sweetness, too. But caramelizing just makes them that much better. What a great idea I've picked up here today when you wrote that you add caramelized onions to soups....I don't know why I never thought to do that...but what great flavor it must add! This month's challenge was so much fun and thanks again, for creating such a fabulous group!

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    18. Vidalia are the onions I use about 95% of the time. Their sweetness is even better after caramelizing. And what a bread to share for Twelve Loaves! This and a glass of wine is a perfect meal as far as I'm concerned.

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    19. I have never tried vidalia onions but I am very curious about them! I loooove caramelized onions. I should always have some in a jar in the fridge. You know, for emergencies. Your focaccia bread is absolutely beautiful. I have a feeling I will end up making this one too!

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    20. I love caramelized onions and Vidalia ones are the best. Your focaccia looks so good, I got to try this recipe out!

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    21. This focaccia would be perfect for a late-night Netflix binge! Scrumptious!!

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    22. Lora, this looks beautiful, I can almost smell it. Focaccia bread is one of my favorite breads, easy to make but full of flavor :)

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    24. Lora,
      Caramelized vidalia onions are my favorite! Your focaccia looks delicious.
      Annamaria

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    25. I've had a dip made with vidalia onions and it was delicious. Can only imagine how wonderful this focaccia tastes!

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