This No Knead Tomato Basil Focaccia Bread is super light and yum! Topped with cherry tomatoes, basil, and herbs, this vegan bread is a perfect addition to a great dinner !!
Calling all bread lovers! Does the smell of freshly baked bread in a supermarket encourage you to bake your own bread? If it does then you are in the right spot.
I am addicted to baking! Be it any kind of bake – bread, pies or Cakes/cookies. It’s so therapeutic.
Whether be focaccia bread, garlic knots, honey wheat bread or dinner rolls, the smell of freshly baked bread makes my mouth water and stomach growl – it’s an indication that something good and yummy is in the making.
Today’s recipe, no-knead tomato basil focaccia bread takes just one hour to make from start to finish.
A traditional bread recipe has a standard protocol.
- Knead the dough,
- Rise time
- Punch the dough
- Shape and allow it to sit for another rise.
But this recipe is a no-knead bread recipe.
What does no-knead bread mean?
“No, knead” bread refers to a yeast bread that requires no kneading.
All this recipe ask for, is to mix the ingredients to form a soft yet loose dough. Let it rise and bake as directed.
What makes up this No Knead Tomato Basil Focaccia Bread?
No-knead tomato basil focaccia bread is one of the easiest and fuss-free recipes. It consists of essential ingredients – flour, oil, sugar, and yeast. Activate the yeast, add it to the dough and allow it to rise.
What makes this bread different from other bread?
It’s dimpled appearance. Dimples are indents made all over the dough surface.
These indents are then filled with good quality olive oil which gets absorbed during baking.
After the dough rises, top with your favorite veggies, herbs and bake as directed.
- Olive oil is the key ingredients so use it generously. A good quality olive oil brings out a great flavor and bakes a crispy bread with a soft and light interior.
- Olive oil is folded into the dough, and more olive oil is drizzled over the finished bread.
- Feel free to customize toppings to your liking. I have already baked rosemary and Parmesan cheese focaccia bread. To name a few, other toppings like olives, green capsicum, and chopped tomatoes are also great add-in’s.
- Place the dough in a slightly warm oven. For me, the dough took 30-35 minutes to rise. The warmer the place, the faster the dough will rise. It may take longer for some.
A PERFECT MAKE AHEAD RECIPE!
Combine the dough, cover and let it rise in the fridge overnight.
Colder temperatures will slow down the rising process. After 6-9 hours (overnight) your dough will be ready to bake.
HOW TO USE THIS BREAD?
Or enjoy it as is. Dip the bread in a mix of olive oil, Parmesan and coarsely black pepper and enjoy!!
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No Knead Tomato Basil Focaccia Bread
INGREDIENTS FOR BREAD
- 7 pieces of Cherry tomatoes, cut into half
- 1/4 cup Olive oil to drizzle on top
- 2 tablespoon Garlic salt to sprinkle on top (optional)
- 2 tablespoon Freshly chopped Basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon Coarsely grounded black peppercorns
- Assemble ingredients.
- Wash and clean cherry tomatoes and basil leaves.
- Combine yeast and sugar in a bowl.
- Add water and let it sit undisturbed for 7-10 minutes.
- Yeast will become frothy and bubbly. If yeast doesn't activate, please discard and try again with a fresh batch.
- Combine flour, salt and oil in a bowl.
- Add activated yeast.
- Pour in lukewarm water.
- And mix the dough until smooth.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a damp towel.
- Leave the dough in a warm place for 30-35 minutes to rise or until doubled in size. NOTE - I started off in a 9 Inch round baking pan. But the dough began to overflow and had to switch it to a cast iron skillet for even baking. That’s the reason you see two different pans.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Poke holes in the dough to create indents all over the surface. NOTE - for a thin focaccia bread, bake the dough in a 9x13 inch oblong baking tray/pan.
- Drizzle oil generously.
- See how the holes are filled with oil. (see notes above) Add chopped tomatoes.
- Feel free to add chopped onions for extra crunch. Add coarsely grounded black pepper.
- Chopped basil leaves.
- Sprinkle some garlic salt.
- Transfer it to the preheated oven and bake for 20- 25 minutes. For me the total baking time was 22 minutes.
- Final touch- I have broiled (550 degree F) the bread for few seconds until a light brown color was attained. Please do not leave the bread unattended at this time or it will burn.