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Sweet Potato and Leek Focaccia A simple to make homemade focaccia recipe that is loved by all! The sweet potato and leek topping make this bread beyond delicious. Use your favorite vegan mozzarella to make this totally vegan. The bread is so delicious you could eat it as a meal with your favorite salad.

A simple to make homemade focaccia recipe that is loved by all! The sweet potato and leek topping make this bread beyond delicious. Use your favorite vegan mozzarella to make this totally vegan. The bread is so delicious you could eat it as a meal with your favorite salad.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: focaccia, vegetarian, yeast dough
Servings: 1 large focaccia
Author: Lora

Ingredients

  • 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
  • leeks chopped fine
  • 1 sweet potato peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 potato peeled and sliced thin
  • fresh rosemary about 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  • DOUGH
  • 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, prepare the potatoes and leeks.
  • TOPPING
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive- oil over medium-low heat. Add the sweet potatoes and potatoes; salt and pepper to taste. Cook until tender; about 10 minutes. Set the potatoes aside. In the same skillet, add about a 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil and cook the leek until tender; about 5 minutes; set the leeks aside.
  • 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.
  • ASSEMBLE
  • 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. Toss on the potatoes, leeks and rosemary. Salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and add the shredded mozzarella to the top.
  • Return pan to oven and bake for about another 10 minutes (every oven is different)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. Let cool on rack a little before serving. Cut and serve.