Monday, April 9, 2012

Whole Wheat Focaccia

I am trying out a lot of whole wheat baking for my little family. I did not get around to take pictures of most of it, but from now onward I promise you that I will try to keep a record of recipe and pictures to share with you all. I really enjoyed baking this bread and sharing with my family.They even commented that this tastes better than this classic Focaccia I often bake.The lil guy was keeping on coming back to kitchen to snack on this. I must tell you that he is such a picky eater when it comes to cakes and bakes !

It has been a while since I wrote about my lil monster here. He is learning a lot everyday and growing up in all ways and learning new words and sayings-some really hysterical! He is learning about emotions and to be precise, emotional blackmailing ,these days. A few days back he was shooed away by all the three of us and he started crying ,saying that "nobody loves me". Maybe he is learning it all from his big sister, but he got the context right. Also he is able to express his disappointment and disapproval a lot more than he used to before.Another thing he is doing these days is giving his weirdest smile when he looks at the camera ! I know this is just an age thing, but I'm so disappointed that, I am not able to capture his naughtiest smiles and the twinkle in his eyes when he naturally smiles.

I love Peter Reinhart's recipes, mostly for their authenticity.He explains everything so well, making it hard to make any mistakes even for a beginner. I have tried several of his bread recipes and I am always satisfied with the results.I learned a lot of basics in bread baking from his books. I take his books form our local library, but I would love to buy all of his books. I have baked this beautiful Buttermilk White Bread and couple of recipes I never blogged about, from 'Bread Baker's Apprentice'.This whole wheat Focaccia is from 'Whole Grain Breads'. I highly recommend this book, if you are planning to do some whole grain bread baking. Most of his recipes calls for starters like biga or poolish, which is the traditional way of making a bread. And usually it doesn't take much time to make the dough. You just need to be patient to do all the proofing that takes a few hours.I must tell you that it is all worth it.

This recipe requires you to make the dough and refrigerate it overnight. But the preparation of the dough takes less than 10 minutes.Although for proofing, you need to take the dough from the fridge at least 3 hours before you want to bake the bread.Proofing is also very easy, just press the dough 2-3 times after 20 minute intervals.If you decide to make herb oil, that is also super easy. Just like any other Focaccia recipe, this can also be used to make pizza. I have to try that next time.You can make any other rustic bread you can think, with the same dough.I just love this rustic looking bread with the intense flavor from whole wheat !

PS: This is our little pear tree ! It survived last week's snow. Thanks for your concerns and wishes . Hope some of these will turn into beautiful Pears,just like last year !

Our Little pear tree

Sending this to this week's Yeast Spotting

Preparation Time: 2 Days (10 minutes to prepare dough,overnight proofing in refrigerator and 3 hours proofing before baking at room temperature)
Cooking Time- 30 min
Serves- 6-8
Adapted From : Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads


Whole Wheat Flour- 4 cups
Salt- 1 1/4 tsp
Active Dry Yeast- 1 1/2 tsp
Water,lukewarm- 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp
Honey/Agave nectar- 1/2 tsp (can replace with 2 tsp sugar or brown sugar)- optional
Olive Oil- 1 1/2 Tbsp

1. Proof the dry yeast by mixing the yeast with a few tablespoons of lukewarm water and a pinch of sugar.
2.Place the flour and salt in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer and mix at low speed (use paddle attachment)
3.Add the yeast mixture,honey and remaining water and mix until everything comes together.This takes about 2 minutes. the dough is sticky but fairly smooth.
4.Add the olive oil and mix at low speed for 15 seconds.
5.Let the dough rest in the mixer for 5 minutes.
6.Mix again on low speed for about a minute.
7.Prepare a 17 by 12 inch sheet pan, by lining with parchment paper and brushing with olive oil.
8.Transfer the dough to the pan. Rub your palms with olive oil and flatten the dough.The dough will cover only about half of the pan.
9.Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days.
10.The day you are planning to bake, take out the dough at least three hours before you are planning to bake.
11.Remove the plastic wrap and press the dough after drizzling a spoon of olive oil on top..When the dough starts shrinking back, stop pressing..
12. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
13.Repeat the above step, cover and rest again for 20 minutes.
14.Prepare the herb oil by mixing (2 cups olive oil, 1/4 cup dried herbs,2 tsp paprika,1 tsp kosher salt,1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper,1 Tbsp granulated dried garlic) these in a sauce pan and warming it a bit.
15.Spread the oil on top of the dough,starting at the center and working towards the edges.
16.Press and dimple the dough,until it is only half inch thick. Cover loosely and let rise at room temperature until the dough comes just to the top of the pan.
17.This take about 2 to 3 hours depending on the room temperature.
18.Prepare your toppings if you are adding any.
19.Preheat the oven at 500 degree F (this may take half an hour).
20.Place Focaccia in the oven, reduce the temperature to 450 and bake for 15 minutes.
21.Rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for another 12-15 minutes or until it is caramelized to a light brown color on top and bottom.
22.If you like a crunchy outside, cool the bread on a wire rack, for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
23.If you like it to be chewy, leave the bread in the pan to cool down.


  1. love this bread !! am so book making this one !! looking fwd to pears on the tree - !! :)

  2. Looks perfect. I'm also more into whole grain breads and this one I must try too..
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  3. Looks good. I have the book sitting on my desk. I am looking through all the bread recipes and I am not sure which one I want to try. The whole wheat focaccia looks good. Nice job and great clicks.

  4. I often bake focaccia as both hubby and my lil one loves munching on that. this recipe is very different from what I do and I love the texture too. a must try.

  5. This though i have tasted never attempted to try, sounds yum and clicks are cute

  6. Never heard if this before... But after seeing this want to Prepare n taste it.

  7. Looks super good and the texture looks awesome... Tempting bread

  8. Wow...that's an nice twist to the regular focaccia.....looks yum....

  9. I want to try this recipe that helps our breakfasts more healthy..

  10. I feel like making this right now ...I like the recipe books which are very clear in details and instructions, which leaves little chance for error

    Hamaree Rasoi

  11. Yum bread, i love to do the focaccia.

  12. Healthy and great looking focaccia..Cant wait to try..

  13. that is one gorgeous focaccia and all whole wheat! nice!

  14. Great to see ur tree survived some harsh weather. The focaccia came out spongy and beautiful fiber rich snack!

  15. I too love whole grain baking.This is a valuable recipe and the pictures are classic as well.

  16. lovely bread... I have never been brave enough to make bread yet!
    looks great!

  17. Wow healthy variation with wheat flour looks yum

  18. I have a hard time those beautiful airpockets with whole wheat. Yours look so wonderful. I need to bake some bread soon and should probably try my hand at whole wheat again. How do you find the texture to be diff. from ap flour? Less elastic?

    1. Yes, less elastic.This is bit denser too. But surprisingly everyone loved it, and the nutty taste from whole wheat and they said I should bake this instead of the AP flour one ! You are a really good baker, so you will get it right for sure :)

  19. Yum! Looks wonderful!

  20. Healthy and perfectly made,thanks for the recipe dear...

  21. Peter Reinhert's recipes are fabulous. The recipes seem like they take a lot of time but I am sure they are well worth it. The Pear tree looks lovely. Hope to see some pear recipes soon:-)

  22. Love this! Anyway way to have yummy whole wheat! I'm saving this to make for later :)

  23. WOW!! This looks incredible! And whole wheat is even better!

  24. Mmmmm, lovely! I love focaccia, and have never had a whole wheat version. Beautiful recipe!

  25. What a delicious recipe - and healthy to the boot as well :D
    Absolutely delicious my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

  26. Wow, this is very impressive. The bread looks wonderful!

  27. Wow, this is very impressive. The bread looks wonderful!

  28. Funny, I just had focaccia with herb dip as a light dinner today but never even heard of a whole-wheat kind! All health benefits aside, I imagine the flavour to be just more intense and rustic. Beautiful!

    How pretty your pear tree is! Our trees just start to blossom and especially the cherry tree looks like it could simply 'explode' any second, now. ;)

  29. this looks amazing and your wee man sounds like a cutie

  30. Children are really picky eaters. My nine year old son sometimes makes my life quite difficult. Your focaccia looks really good and your pear tree blossomed beautifully! I have two in my garden and they look so festive!

  31. I have never heard of making whole wheat focaccia but I'm intrigued and love the final result. I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It's a pleasure to be following your creations…

  32. oh wow I have to try your recipe soon, looks so light... thank u for sharing!

  33. What a beautiful foccacia! Whole wheat flour has such a wonderful flavor.



  34. Love foccacia and glad to see a whole wheat version of the bread. Thank you for sharing!

  35. Whole wheat focaccia, Wow!! The pics look amazing too! i hope to summon the courage to bake this and get rid of my stupid apprehension of yeasty goodies.

  36. Whole wheat focaccia bread is simply superb nami, glad that your pear tree survived.

  37. I make many time whole wheat bread and focaccia also but never try this one....must try... u done so perfectly! nice click....

  38. The bread looks awesome, i love the clicks!

  39. hi, does it require 2 cups of olive oil mix or use as much as reqd?
    Pl help. thnks


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