Real Bread Week (May 6 to 14) is the annual celebration of supporting your local, independent Real Bread bakery and baking your own. Try this recipe for shallot Foccacia

  • 60 mins
  • 6
  • Easy


  • 340ml warm water
  • 1 sachet of fast dried yeast
  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 12 small round shallots
  • Olive oil
  • 10g sea salt
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • 25g rosemary, for topping


To make the Foccacia: Pour the warm water in to a bowl and add the yeast. Whisk this together then add half the flour to form a very wet dough. Put in a warm area to prove.

Whilst the dough is proving, peel the shallots and sauté in olive oil in a non-stick pan for about 10 minutes until almost cooked through.

After 40 minutes the dough should have risen. Add the remaining flour, salt, sugar and one tablespoon of olive oil and mix together thoroughly.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead well until nice and smooth (about 10 minutes).
Place back in to a bowl, drizzle over a little olive oil and cover with a damp cloth and allow to prove once more (about 40 minutes).

When this is done turn out again on to a floured surface and stretch it into a large rectangle and then fold over itself in thirds. Now there should be 3 layers.

Place on an oiled non-stick tray and drizzle with more olive oil, now push your fingers into the dough to spread it out and to make the ‘holes’. Decorate the top of the dough with the cooked shallots (pushing some into the dough) and rosemary.
Allow it to prove once more until almost doubled in height (about 30 minutes) and then sprinkle some sea salt over the top.

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