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Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

by Milisa on May 26, 2012

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Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread with Rosemary & Green Onions

Focaccia Bread warm out of the oven is hard to beat.  It creates the best aroma floating throughout the house that makes the kids say, “Wow what is that amazing smell?”  I’ve only made focaccia a couple of times but I absolutely love it.  Focaccia is usually made with sweet onions, but  I used my last whole onion for this amazing tomato sauce, so I used green onions along with some fresh rosemary.

My Mom makes focaccia and serves it toasted with homemade ricotta.  I think that would be the ideal snack and I’m pretty sure Dad knows that it is.  In fact that sounds so good I may have to make some myself.  That’s one of the hazards of food blogging, you get to thinking about food and then you have to have it.

Of course thinking about food may be the only thing keeping me sane.  My little guy is just finishing up first grade.  He loves school and does really well.  One of his favorite subjects this year was science.  His teacher made it very exciting and interesting, letting the kids watch duck, chicken and turkey eggs hatch from the incubator.  They learned to care for the chicks in the classroom.  Last Monday I picked him up from school along with two of the cutest ducklings.

The ducklings have been living in the house.  They are so darn cute, but I spend a lot of time saying, “Get the ducks off of the furniture!”  “Put the ducks back in their box and leave them alone!”  It’s 36 degrees here this morning and the poor little things would freeze if I kicked them out.  Soon it will be fit for them to live outside and I can’t wait.

I ran some water in the bathtub for the ducks to take a swim.  I went to check on them and Coco the weanie dog was in there with them.  It was so funny and pretty darn cute.

I do realize that you know for sure that I have gone completely crazy with ducks living in my house!  Have a wonderful weekend!

I just joined in the Breaking Bread Society, by coincidence I baked focaccia this week too.  Check out all of the amazing versions over at Cake Duchess (and browse around while you are there, she has some amazing food!)

Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

adapted from King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook

Ingredients:

for dough

  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups unbleached white whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur Flour)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2-3 cups all purpose flour

for toppings

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Cooking Directions:

Add warm water, yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup of olive oil to a large bowl.  Stir to combine and allow to sit 5 minutes or until yeast starts to bubble.

Stir in whole wheat flour and then stir in salt.  Stir in 1 cup of all purpose flour, adding 1/2 cup at a time until dough is no longer sticky.

Pour onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour as needed about 5 minutes.

Allow dough to rest 5 minutes.

Mix remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic clove that has been minced. Set aside.

Roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick into a rectangle.

Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal.

Place dough onto baking sheet.  Using your finger or the round end of a wooden spoon, poke holes into dough about 1/4 inch apart.

Brush garlic-olive oil generously over dough.  Sprinkle over green onions, rosemary and sea salt.

Allow dough to rest 15 minutes while oven pre-heats to 425 degrees.

Bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

Miss

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Wilhelmina May 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

That is too cute! I can’t believe you, of all people, have house ducks!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 27, 2012 at 2:15 am

This sounds so fantastic! Love this idea!

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Jeanette May 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

Love this healthier version of foccacia!

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Cookin' Canuck May 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Oh my goodness – I love that the dog was in the bath with the ducks. Too funny! This focaccia looks wonderful, and I really appreciate that it’s made of whole wheat flour.

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I LOVE focaccia times a million. Yours looks incredible. Love that you made a whole wheat version, yummmm! :)

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Bonnie K May 28, 2012 at 3:56 am

House ducks! Fun Fun Bet they are fun to watch, though.

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme May 28, 2012 at 6:54 am

Nothing better than warm bread, of any kind, right out of the oven! Love this focaccia.

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Sarah May 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

Great looking focaccia! Would love to see a picture of the duck and dog together.

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foodwanderings May 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Love that extra touch of cornmeal at the top there. Lovely focaccia. So happy you are #breakingbread with us this month. Shulie

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 29, 2012 at 2:36 am

oh my gosh the ducklings are SO cute lol. And your focaccia has me wanting to run to the kitchen to make some.

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carolinaheartstrings May 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

Those ducks are adorable! This bread looks just fantastic!

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Lora @cakeduchess May 30, 2012 at 2:07 am

Thank you, Milisa, for your sweet words. You’re the best. I love your whole wheat focaccia. It looks wonderful and I am thrilled you linked up w/ #BreakingBread. Thank you again:)xx (those ducklings are just precious!!)

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Cat Davis - Food Family Finds June 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

This is one bread I’ve always been nervous about making at home but really want to try. I suppose I need a Sunday all to myself to give this one a whirl.

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