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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few recipe suggestions that you might like for pairing with the bread.
Even if you never baked a bread before, I would suggest you give this easy bread recipe a try!