Focaccia Bread with Tomato Rosemary Lemon

Foccacia Bread with tomatoes, rosemary and preserved lemons, sliced and stacked up!

This Tomato Rosemary Lemon Focaccia bread is for your carb indulgence. It’s crispy on the outside, chewy inside and packed with robust flavor. I added cherry tomatoes, fresh rosemary and few slices of lemon rinds from my preserved lemons. Focaccia bread is a great bread to enjoy with soup on the side, slice and use as sandwich or even with some cheese and wine.

This is an easy focaccia bread recipe! It requires a little bit of kneading and some wait time for the yeast to do its magic. You then flattened the dough on a sheet pan or a cake pan and poked all around. Drizzle a good doze of olive oil on top of the focaccia bread and then top it with your choice of ingredients.

Focaccia Bread Recipe with tomatoes, rosemary and preserved lemons

Ingredients for Tomato Rosemary Lemon Focaccia Bread

I made rosemary and garlic infused olive oil, which completely elevates the flavor of this focaccia bread. A good quality olive oil is a must when baking this bread. A big dose of olive oil is drizzled on top before baking which creates the golden crust besides adding to the flavor.

Cherry tomatoes not only give a pretty look but also add a lovely sweet bite to the bread.

I also used thinly sliced preserved lemons as one of the toppings. It is not my usual topping for focaccia bread, but I wanted to try something new this time and I really loved it! Here is the recipe of the preserved lemon

All-purpose flour is the preferred choice for this bread, but you can use whole wheat flour too. Just keep in mind that whole wheat flour will make the texture a little dense.

I used active dry yeast along with sugar and warm water to make the dough. You can replace sugar with honey.

Salt is a key ingredient to a good tasty bread. I added it while making the dough and then, also sprinkled on top before baking.

Easy Focaccia bread Recipe with tomatoes, rosemary and preserved lemons

Can you make the dough in advance?

YES! Do the first rise in the kitchen counter, then cover in a greased bowl and let slow-rise the second time in the refrigerator overnight.

Easy Focaccia bread Recipe with tomatoes, rosemary and preserved lemons

How to serve this Tomato Rosemary Lemon Focaccia Bread?

 It’s best served warm, fresh out of the oven. Don’t reheat focaccia bread in the microwave. Instead, warm it in a preheated oven jut for 5 minutes or so.

You can serve it with stew, soup, slice the bread in half and make sandwich or make croutons and add it in salad. It’s even great with some cheese on the side.

Ingredients Photography Preserved Lemons Rosemary Garlic Infused Oil

Here are a few recipe suggestions that you might like for pairing with the bread.

Creamy Garlic Mushroom Soup

Roasted Broccoli and Fennel Soup

Chicken Artichoke Spinach Creamy Skillet

Portuguese Spiced Clams

Click here for more BREAD RECIPES

Even if you never baked a bread before, I would suggest you give this easy bread recipe a try!

Foccacia Bread with tomatoes, rosemary and preserved lemons, sliced and stacked up!

Focaccia Bread with tomato rosemary lemon

This Tomato Rosemary Lemon Focaccia bread is for your carb indulgence. It’s crispy on the outside, chewy inside and packed with robust flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water, just warm enough for you to dip your finger comfortably
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus few more leaves to add on top
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 lemon wedges from preserved lemons, you can substitute this with lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Make the infused oil first. Pour the oil, rosemary and garlic cloves in a heavy bottom pan. Turn the heat to medium. Allow the oil to heat up and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Then, let it cool down completely.
  2. Take some warm water in a glass. Mix sugar and yeast to the warm water and then, cover the glass. In 5 minutes, the yeast should activate, and you should see a thick layer form on top. If you don’t see that, the yeast didn’t active. Discard and try again.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the flour and salt and give it a mix. Pour the yeast water along with 1 tablespoon of the cold infused oil. Mix and knead for 10 minutes into a soft dough (add more water, if needed).
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, rub a little oil and place it in the same or another big bowl. The bowl should be big enough because the dough will double in size.
  5. Cover the dough and keep it in a warm area for a couple of hours (I turn on the light of the oven and place the mixing bowl inside).
  6. Once the dough is doubled in size, take it off the mixing bowl and knead it one more time.
  7. Rub a little oil on the cookie sheet and flatten the dough into it. Cover and let it rise once again. It should take around 1 hour.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 F and slice the cherry tomatoes in half.
  9. Poke the flatten dough all around. It should feel very soft and airy. Arrange the cherry tomatoes in and around by pressing it gently on the dough. Drizzle half or all of the remaining infused oil. Add a few more rosemary leaves.
  10. If you are using preserved lemon wedges, give it a good wash and remove the pulp. Slice the rind very thinly and layer on top of the flattened dough. You could use fresh lemon zest instead of preserved lemon wedges.
  11. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top looks golden brown.
  12. Let it cool down a bit and serve it warm.
Easy Foccacia Bread Recipe with tomatoes, rosemary and preserved lemons Easy Foccacia Bread Recipe with tomatoes, rosemary and preserved lemons

Did you enjoy this Focaccia Bread with Tomato Rosemary Lemon? Share your creation by tagging @playfulcooking on Instagram with the #playfulcooking and I will re-share in my story!

You Might Also Like

Comments are closed.

  • priya
    priya
    August 30, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    This recipe is going to be a big hit in our house I am telling you 🙂 Nothing can beat the juicy fresh cherry tomatoes 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 4, 2019 at 10:23 AM

      Thank you Priya! I hope you give it a try 🙂

  • John @ Kitchen Riffs
    John @ Kitchen Riffs
    August 30, 2019 at 10:26 PM

    I’m all for indulging in carbs! This looks totally wonderful — terrific flavor. And I have a TON of rosemary in my garden at the moment, so I know where some of it is going. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 4, 2019 at 10:24 AM

      The flavor worked beautifully and was so happy seeing my family enjoy it 🙂

  • Kelly | Foodtasia
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    August 31, 2019 at 2:21 AM

    Kankana, this focaccia is gorgeous! Love focaccia and your additions of cherry tomatoes and preserved lemon are brilliant! Lovely flavor!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 4, 2019 at 10:24 AM

      Thanks Kelly 🙂 The preserved lemon was a last minute addition but so glad I did!

  • Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    August 31, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Love focaccia bread! And love these toppings too! I have giant rosemary bush in the garden – always looking for ways to use it in recipes. Looking forward to trying this.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 4, 2019 at 10:26 AM

      Wish I could grow rosemary too. I don’t have a green thumb sadly! I hope you will give this a try.

  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    [email protected] is How I Cook
    August 31, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    I love focaccia, but who doesn’t? Your version not only sounds incredible it looks even better!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 4, 2019 at 10:26 AM

      I know right, I don’t want to meet a person who doesn’t like focaccia 😀

  • angiesrecipes
    angiesrecipes
    August 31, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    One of my favourite Italian classics! Yours looks incredible.

  • Neil
    Neil
    September 1, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    Focaccia bread is one of our favourites to have and enjoy if we’re sitting in front of the TV or watching a film together. And yes we usually have a little wine with it too. Ha ha! Using the cherry tomatoes and preserved lemons makes this look very pretty and also adds a unique twist. This is a different variation of focaccia that I must try.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 4, 2019 at 10:27 AM

      oh yes, perfect with wine and cheese cozy up and watching TV in PJ. I love that scene!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    September 2, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    I absolutely love focaccia!!! The addition of rosemary and lemon sounds wonderful!! Not to mention those tomatoes!! So Much Yes!! I could absolutely make a meal out of this bread!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 4, 2019 at 10:27 AM

      Thanks a lot Cheyanne 🙂

  • David @ Spiced
    David @ Spiced
    September 3, 2019 at 5:26 AM

    I absolutely love baking bread, and focaccia is one of my favorites for sure! This looks amazing, Kankana, and I’m totally sitting here right now thinking when I can make a batch of it. (I might just eat the whole thing myself, too…haha!)

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 4, 2019 at 10:28 AM

      Baking bread is so therapeutic right!! I love it.

  • mjskitchen
    mjskitchen
    September 10, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    A gorgeous presentation of a delicious looking focaccia! Can’t for it to cool off so I can use the larger oven. Love a good focaccia and one with preserved lemons sounds awesome. Just happen to have preserved lemons in the fridge.