There used to be a time where I would know that there was a food holiday like World Bread Day. I would have made this Vegan Caramelized Onion Focaccia or even something a little more fancy to share with all of you.
I used to be so passionate about sharing a different bread here every month. I even hosted a monthly bread baking event called #TwelveLoaves. It was always so much fun to get together online and talk about the next theme and then the anticipation of waiting to see what everyone baked. My kids were also super excited to see what we would be baking and were waiting for mommy to get in the kitchen and make something different and delicious.
Did you know that October 16 was World Bread Day? I’m so out of touch with blogging events and I didn’t realize that it was coming up. It just so happened I had baked this gorgeous Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Focaccia just because. Just because it is the best bread combo ever!I also shared this focaccia before with cheese. Gooey melted mozzarella on top of the caramelized onions takes this bread to a whole different level. If you are into gooey melted mozzarella cheese, take a glance at that recipe. That could be considered the 2nd best bread combo ever!! Or maybe they could both tie for 1st place. Here is another version of focaccia made with raisins. Yes, raisins! It is a delicious sweet focaccia with a crunchy sugary topping. OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD!! One more savory option that is also vegan, Sweet Potato and Leek Focaccia is fantastic!
But one more thing about this particular bread. It is totally VEGAN! Yes, all vegan, every bite. I have so many friends that are newly vegan or dabbling in veganism. You may have a time in life where your vegan friends are coming over for dinner and you want to make them something impressive. THIS is what you will make them. THIS bread and any veggie side dish is all you need to really WOW them. Can you tell I’m still excited about this bread???
Robert Browning maybe says it even better, “If thou tasted a crust of bread, thou tasted all the stars and all the heavens.”
What’s the best focaccia baking tips?
If you really want to make this focaccia and time is not in your favor, you could make the dough and leave it in the refrigerator over night. Or you could make it in the morning and put it in the refrigerator until the end of the day when you are ready to bake it. When you are ready to bake the bread, remove the dough from the fridge and press it into your oiled pan. You have to let it rise before baking it.
The most important tip is to let it do it’s 2nd rise in the pan you will bake it in. My kids love the square pieces, so I usually bake it in the baking sheet. I sometimes bake it in a round pan. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
The last tip I can give you I touch on in the first tip, make SURE you brush the pan or the parchment paper with olive oil. And when the bread is finished, brush on a another layer of olive oil. Trust me, all of this olive oil makes for the most delectable bread!
I mention in the recipe title that this focaccia is vegan. Many Italian restaurants are vegan. So it really would not normally be described as vegan as you’re traveling around Italy. But I wanted to point out that it is vegan for my vegan readers and friends that want to make a completely outrageous Italian bread and not worry if it has eggs or any sort of dairy. Now if you want to make this not vegan, go ahead and melt some cheese on top! (you could also use a non dairy cheese!!).
Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Focaccia (Vegan)
- 1 1/3 cups warm tap water about 110 degrees
- 2 1/2 teaspoons 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons sea salt
- 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- caramelized onion
- 1-3 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
- to caramelize onion
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 large onion peeled and sliced thin
- 1 Tbsp rosemary chopped fine (not the stems)
- 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.
- 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 baking sheet. 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 rosemary and caramelized onions.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed around the edges.
- 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. Brush on a little olive oil (the last tablespoon from the 4 tablespoons in the ingredient list) on the hot focaccia. Cut and serve.