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Focaccia Bread with Cherries and Goat Cheese

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Focaccia Bread with Cherries and Goat Cheese
focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

I was inspired to make this after flipping through an old wine country book that had a picture of a gorgeous focaccia bread studded with harvest grapes. It was very autumnal and looked so pretty that I thought I would like to make a summer version. That is what led me to this lovely recipe for focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese.

For the bread, I actually just used a pizza dough recipe, and infused it with some fresh rosemary.

Then I got to the toppings. I kind of thought that cherries would not only give the bread a similar look to the grape focaccia, but they have such a wonderful sweet and tart flavor that they can kind of play with being savory.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

And since I can never leave good enough alone, I went ahead and added these red wine caramelized onions . And then I sprinkled creamy goat cheese over the top.
And then I drizzled more oil and sprinkled more salt.

Bake to a golden brown and enjoy!

Focaccia Bread with Cherries and Goat Cheese, makes 12 servings
-1 cup water (105-115 degrees)
-1 packet yeast (1/4 oz)
-2 2/3 cup flour
-1 tsp Kosher salt
-1 tsp sugar
-5 Tbs Olive oil
-2 Tbs fresh rosemary needles

-16 cherries, pitted
-2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
-3 Tbs red wine caramelized onions

1)In a small bowl, combine the yeast with the warm water and let it “bloom” which means get puffy and frothy with a few bubbles around the edges. This should take 10-15 minutes.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

2)Meanwhile, in the bowl of a standing mixer, fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour, salt, sugar and rosemary.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

3)Add the yeast to the mixer, and mix on low to incorporate.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

4) With the mixer running, add in 3 Tbs of olive oil.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

5) Mix on medium-high for a few minutes or until the dough comes together into a smooth ball.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

6) In a large bowl, grease the dough and the bowl with the remaining 2 Tbs of olive oil.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

7) Cover the bowl with a damp dish cloth and leave it to rise for at least an hour.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

8) When the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

9) Prepare a sheetpan with a silpat or with parchment.
focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

10) Stretch the dough into a rectangle, about ½ inch thick.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

12) With your thumb, indent the dough in a grid (15 indentations, 5 across and 3 down.)

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

13)Place the cherries in the indentations.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

14) Scatter some of the red wine caramelized onions over the surface of the bread.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

15) crumble the goat cheese over the top of the bread too.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

16) I like to drizzle with some additional olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.

17) Bake the bread at 425 for about 12-15 minutes or until golden.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

18) Slice and enjoy hot or at room temperature.

focaccia bread with cherries and goat cheese

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12 Comments

  1. Katrina says:

    This is a really great idea! Yum!

  2. What original toppings for focaccia. I am truly salivating just looking at this.

  3. That just looks terrific and you make it look so easy! Come over and visit us today. We have a great grilled fruit.

  4. marla says:

    Love all these flavors. Lately I have been enjoying fruits with tangy cheeses baked into pizzas. Similar concept to what you have here. I love the addition of rosemary too.

  5. You have such a fabulous way with flavors, Heather!

  6. What a fabulous combination of flavors! That looks and sounds delicious!

  7. Vicki in GA says:

    Unique! No cherries around here…what can I use in place of cherries? Peaches?

    • peaches, or nectarines (which are a little more tart?) cherry tomatoes would be pretty and yummy too :)

      • apricots would be great too- do you have those?

  8. Vicki in GA says:

    I love apricots, but they are a rare find where I live. Cherry tomoates are a great idea.

    I’m heading to Metro Atlanta over the weekend and will stop at Whole Foods to see what west coast produce is available. Might find cherries there.

    I promise not to add chocolate.