3.5 from 2 reviews
Batterway Cheese & Herb Focaccia
An easy, no-knead focaccia bread - serve warm out of the oven with your favorite salad or dipping sauce.
Yield: 1 large or 2 small flatbreads
For the dough:
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 3 Tbsp shortening or butter, soft
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 egg
For the topping:
  • ½ pound shredded natural cheese*
  • ¼ cup minced or sliced onion
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  1. Have water at 110°-115°F and all other ingredients at room temperature. Measure the first 6 ingredients into a bowl; blend. Set aside. Pour the water into a mixing bowl; add the yeast. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes; stir. Add egg and ½ the flour-mixture. Beat 2 minutes with electric mixer on medium speed, or by hand until smooth. STOP MIXER. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat again with a spoon until smooth...1 to 1-1/2 minutes. Scrape down batter from sides of bowl. Cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled...about 60 to 90 minutes. Meanwhile, grease one 9 x 13- inch or two 8- or 9-inch square pans. Prepare Topping by blending the ingredients.

  2. Transfer to pan and gently fold into a loose rectangle being careful not to de-gas the dough. This is a thick, somewhat sticky batter; spread evenly in the pan. Tap pans on table to settle the batter. Add the Topping. With buttered fingertips, make dents on the Topping, pressing almost to the bottom of the pan. Let rise until no more than doubled...30 to 40 minutes. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown on sides and tops, in preheated 375°F oven. Remove from pan and serve warm.

  3. Recipe featured at My Kitchen Addiction.
*Grated Parmesan cheese also works great!

You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) Yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast in batter/no knead recipes. When using Instant Yeast, expect your batter/dough to rise about 50% faster. Adjust your rise times accordingly. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use ½ tsp Instant Yeast OR ¾ tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.

Batterway Cheese and Herb Focaccia | An easy, no-knead focaccia bread - serve warm out of the oven with your favorite salad or dipping sauce. Find recipe at redstaryeast.com.

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  1. Tried this today with spaghetti and meatballs.

    Pros: baked beautifully, released from pan easily, rather painless to toss together. Could swap out spices for herbs de province, rosemary, or other spice combos, expanding versatility. Would go nicely with a soup.

    Cons: quite bland. Needed 2-3x the spices, significantly more salt, and would have benefited from adding a lot of garlic and perhaps some onion.

  2. Shortening is disgusting. I made this recipe using roasted garlic olive oil, and honey instead of sugar. I also substituted roasted garlic for the onion on top, and added some pepperoni. It is fantastic. I would have given the recipe 5 stars if it were not for the white sugar and shortening in it. What is the point of using natural cheese if you are just going to ruin it with hydrogenated oils?

  3. I think I’m going to try this with gruyere cheese!

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