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Festive Focaccia

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  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24
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Add Italian flavors to your bread basket with this homemade focaccia that's topped with bell pepper and herbs.
Updated Dec 2, 2010


  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups Gold Medal™ Better for Bread™ bread flour or Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package regular or quick active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup very warm water (120º to 130º)
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 2 small onions, sliced
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herb leaves (such as basil, oregano or rosemary)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Mix 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add 1/4 cup oil and the warm water. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour until dough is soft and leaves side of bowl.
  • 2
    Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead 5 to 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)
  • 3
    Heat oven to 425°. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Punch down dough. Divide in half. Shape each half into flattened 12-inch round on cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place 20 minutes.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook bell peppers and onions in oil, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  • 5
    Prick centers of focaccias and 1 inch in from edges thoroughly with fork. Brush with 1 to 2 tablespoons oil. Spread bell pepper mixture over focaccias. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon herb leaves and cheese. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    If you're in a pinch, why not use frozen bread dough for this recipe? Just thaw the dough and follow directions above.


80 Calories, 3g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 12g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 slice
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
1 Starch;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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