Monday, May 21, 2012

Four Cheese Focaccia

I am very keen to bake this cheesy focaccia knowing that I can learn and taste several types of cheese with this bake.

This focaccia has 4 different types of cheese as part of its ingredients and they are Parmesan, mozzarella, Gorgonzola and Fontina. I am quite familiar with the use and taste of Parmesan and mozzarella but have not tried cooking or tasting Gorgonzola and Fontina before.

Both Gorgonzola and Fontina and Italian cheeses. Gorgonzola is a veined blue cheese, made from un-skimmed milk. It has a crumbly and semi-soft texture and taste quite salty with interesting flavour from its blue veins. The original Fontina cheese from Italy is fairly pungent and has quite an intense flavour but I wasn't sure how to distinguish its originality at first and bought the Dutch version of Fontina which is milder in taste for this bake.

This cheesy bread is as yummy as it looks and smells and it is gone very quickly...

This post is linked to the event, Breaking Bread organised by Lora from Cake Duchess. For the love of bread, Marnely of Cooking with Books, Shulie from Food Wanderings and Lora have started The Breaking Bread Society and the current theme of this event is Focaccia.

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four cheese focaccia



Here's the recipe from Epicurious
(with my modification in blue)

2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp table salt
5 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup grated whole-milk mozzarella
1/2 cup finely crumbled Gorgonzola
1 cup grated Fontina
1 small onion, sliced thinly
1 tsp coarse salt, or to taste

Note: Using 1/3 of the recipe, I bake my focaccia in a 15 cm x 26 cm loaf pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment proof the yeast with the sugar in the water for 5 min, or until the mixture is foamy, add the flour, the salt, 3 tbsp of the oil (1 tbsp for 1/3 of recipe), and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan (about 2-3 tbsp for 1/3 recipe), and combine the dough well (I have added an extra one tbsp of water for 1/3 recipe because the dough is too dry). With the dough hook knead the dough for 2 min, or until it is soft and slightly sticky.

Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to an oiled bowl, and turn it to coat it with the oil. Let the dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1 1/2 hrs, or until it is double in bulk. The dough may be made up to this point, punched down, and kept, covered and chilled, overnight. Let the dough return to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe. Press the dough evenly into a oiled jelly-roll pan, 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 by 1 inches, and let it rise, covered loosely, in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it is almost double in bulk

In a bowl stir together the remaining Parmesan, the mozzarella, the Gorgonzola, the Fontina, the onion, and pepper to taste and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the dough. (I didn't grate the mozzarella and Fontina but just broke them up coarsely and combine with the rest of ingredients together). Drizzle the remaining 2 tbsp oil (2/3 tbsp for 1/3 recipe) over the cheese mixture and sprinkle the focaccia with the coarse salt. Bake the focaccia in the bottom third of a preheated 400°F oven for 35 to 45 min, or until it is golden brown, let it cool in the pan on a rack, and serve it warm or at room temperature.

Happy Baking

52 comments:

  1. Cheese and bread. What's not to love? This seriously looks SO good. Wow.

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  2. Wow, this focaccia sounds incredible! I'm used to the standard herby focaccia- nothing like this! Love all the cheese.

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  3. OMG the cheeses here look amazing! Cheese is my downfall...I absolutely love it!! This is something I could not pass up!

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  4. i LOVE your blog!!...first time here....have joined up through the gfc....am your happy follower now.
    do drop by my space whenever you get some time.

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  5. Zoe, same here, I'm not familiar with the last 2 cheeses that you've used in making the focaccia but I'm glad I've learned a little bit from you! Your postings are always very informative, thanks! Eating this focaccia feels a bit like eating pizza for me! Yummy!

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  6. My kids would love the cheese!!

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  7. Focaccia with cheese is the best!
    Have a nice week

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  8. Ηi Zoe, thank you for your visit..I love your focaccia,very flavourful cheese blend!!Have a great week! :)

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  9. Mmm...I love the cheesy goodness! I'm on a fresh bread kick lately, can't wait to check out your other recipes :)

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  10. I am fine with cheese, too bad is my children don't like cheese. I have to use other things to replace cheese in recipe.

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  11. Looks good with all the cheese! Cheese are very expensive over here! And for special cheeses like fontina and Gorgonzola, we need to pay a visit to the special store, even then, they might not have it, and if they do have, it will be very expensive! I love eating Focaccia, so these would definitely be a hit in my house!

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  12. Seriously i want to have some slices rite now..sooo cheesyyy..

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  13. I love all your recipes...so thoughtfully chosen, and nothing but the best! the cheeses are looking so appetising, Zoe. Love the photographs!

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  14. OH YUM! What a delicious focaccia with lots of cheese! That's what I love!! Looks so tasty! Seriously I need to learn how to bake bread from you! :)

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  15. oh goodness I swear I can smell the bread right now, I love focaccia its one of my favorites, can't wait to try this out.

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  16. lovely foccacia, i can smell the cheese from here :)

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  17. This pocaccia sound really tasty with these four cheese ,,,looks perfect !!

    Ridwan

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  18. Love the cheeses in your focaccia. Looks fantastic!

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  19. Wow, what a luscious looking focaccia! Love the cheeses that you've included. And you've got a really nice blog - I'm glad I discovered you, and I'll be back. Anyway, good post - thanks.

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  20. bread and cheese are like two of my favorite things....and combine them? heaven! looks AMAZING!

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  21. this looks amazing. love this. never made foccacia bread, u make it look so easy. i'm sure patience is a virtue here.

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  22. Hi Zoe, that looks delicious! And I'm sure it tastes amazing too!

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  23. This looks delicious! Cheese and bread are a very good combination :0

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  24. i recently saw the new pizza hut flavour with 7 cheeses on it and crust filled with more cheese. I guess you remind me i could do it myself.

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  25. Ohhhhh ! I just LOVE your gorgeous focaccia ! Four cheese heaven ! Just drooling at the thought of having a taste of this ! :D

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  26. Love your four cheese focaccia and can't wait to try it!Looks fantastic! We appreciate you baking along with us this month for #breakingbread:)

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  27. i dont think i've seen fontina cheese here but i've tried blue cheese but i find the taste a little strong for my liking. Your focaccia looks great though:)Cheers!

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  28. I love focaccia, and four types of cheese are just going to make it even better!! Looks amazing.

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  29. Four cheese?!? This looks so good, Zoe!

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  30. Can never have enough cheeses my friend or focaccia - together it is just amazing :D
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  31. wow...yummy! Cheese is my favorite, I like any foods and cakes with cheese!

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  32. I'd really like to try making Focaccia...yours looks fab and I love the idea of the cheese with it...it would be just irresistible! :-)

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  33. Looks delicious! I wouldn’t mind trying some. I reckon it would taste awesome.

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  34. I only recognize mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar cheese... Your focaccia looks tempting and irresistible!

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  35. The more cheese, the better in my opinion! This focaccia looks so delicious.

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  36. Looks SO good!! I've used all four cheeses in the past and I love every one of them. What a great combination of flavors!

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  37. Oh this looks so beautiful - golden and cheesy!! I can only imagine the taste - YUM
    Mary x

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  38. More focaccia? You and Joyce got to stop tempting me with this. Altho I love bread but when it comes to baking them, I'm a tart too lazy..boy! would love this with a black hot coffee! heaven!

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  39. I love dipping focassia into olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this would taste so delicious! SO much cheese!

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  40. HI Zoe! Bread and cheese, you have my full attention. I love a good and cheesy bread. I have a question for you? What standing mixer do you have? I am looking at getting the new kitchen aid 6 quart mixer that comes with the dough hook (so I can finally make some bread). Is yours a 5 qt or 6 qt and do you find that it mixes everything well including frosting? My kitchen aid is 15 years old and my mixer attachment does not even get to the bottom of the bowl. Oh, is yours a tilt head or does it have the moveable bowl? I figured I would ask you as you are the baker queen!

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    1. Hi Jacquelyn,

      The Aussie KA is actually different from the American KA! To be able to use the US version of KA in Australia or any Asian countries, we will need a transformer to convert the voltage of the appliance. If not, we will fry our appliance with the power surge! I thought of buying the US kind of KA initially because the US KA is more powerful than the Aussie KA but the transformer that I need to get is too BIG and ugly for my kitchen...LOL! So, I have decided to buy the Aussie one with 5 years warranty. Mine is actually an old model which I can't find it anymore in the current range and it's KSM 150, Metallic Silver Artisan range (tilt head) and I bought it in Apr last year. And yes...I actually have a beater attachment that has a scraper so that it can reach the bottom of the bowl but even using that, I have to stop occasionally and scrap the bottom of the bowl too.

      For bread making, I would strongly recommend a bread maker because it kneads really well and is temperature control and allow the bread to prove more efficiently even at wintery weather. I do use my KA for bread making but usually during warmer days. For dough that is quite tough to knead, I would prefer not to "fry" my KA and use bread maker at the safer side.

      I love shopping for appliances and can't buy anything anymore because my kitchen is too "full"...Ops! I hope you will fun shopping :D

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  41. That looks delicious and perfect to have with a glass of wine at parties if the children leave any of it for the adults.

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  42. Lordy this looks SO good!! Love bread and cheese.

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  43. Like I've said before, you are the Queen of Bread. This looks really good! And don't you love to taste different cheeses and get to know the differences between them. :)

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  44. Your four cheese focaccia looks fantastic. What a great addition to #breakingbread. So happy you are baking with us this month!

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  45. This looks so good. I love all the cheeses.

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  46. There's nothing quite like a gorgeous freshly baked cheesy bread! I love the addition of onions on top!

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