Which ingredients do you like in your bread? In Focaccia Pugliese, you get not only the dimpled airy bread, but also fresh cherry tomatoes and the lovely aroma of oregano.
Focaccia is a type of Italian bread that uses the same dough as pizzas. But unlike pizza, it is topped only with herbs and seasoned with salt and some olive oil.
Some variations of the recipe may have onions, cheese, and maybe meat. However, the most common topping for focaccia is rosemary.
This bread can be served as a snack, an antipasto, or as accompaniment for main dishes such as pasta or secondo dishes.
Focaccia is one of the most popular breads in Italy and much like many Italian dishes, it has different versions all over the country.
In Bari, which is a port city in the Puglia region, the most popular focaccia comes with lovely fresh cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of oregano.
Other names for this type of focaccia are focaccia barese and focaccia alla barese. What’s more is that this is not just popular in the city of Bari. It is also quite a common fare all over the region, particularly in the cities of Brindisi, Lecce, and Taranto.
There are also other variations of this particular focaccia. In some versions, it has Italian olives while in others it has one or more of the following vegetables:
The one with cherry tomatoes is most common in Bari while the ones with onions and olives are from Altamura. In Lecce, it’s usually the plain version.
Never made focaccia before but this was the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I couldn’t stop eating it. Even the next morning for breakfast it was still soft and moist. This is a beautiful and most delicious recipe and with the potatoes in the dough makes it very light and fluffy. So, So delicious. Thank you for sharing your splendid recipe.
I am so glad you liked it! Grazie mille
Hi again, what size baking tin do you use for this recipe?
Looks great, hoping to try this tomorrow for my family. Also wondering what size pan you use for this?
Ciao Francesca – you can use a baking pan of 25/30 cm of diameter.
This was glorious and is a staple now for us here
So glad you liked it, grazie mille!