Summertime recipes – caramelised onion focaccia

We’re coming up to the end of the summer months but there’s still plenty of time to have a few family gatherings and barbecues before fall/autumn arrives. Our summertime recipe this week makes for a great side dish, along with summer salads, at any barbecue – caramelised onion focaccia! Cut this delicious bread in to squares to hand around, or just tear and share.

Take a look at the ingredients and method below.

Here’s what you’ll need…

250g ’00’ flour
250g strong white bread flour
7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
10g fine sea salt
3 tbsp good-quality olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
knob of butter
3 large red onions, sliced
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

  1. Mix the flours with the yeast and salt, add 1 tbsp oil, then pour in 320ml lukewarm water and mix well. You want a very soft dough – don’t worry if it looks a little wet, this will make a lighter focaccia.
  2. Knead for 5 mins if using a stand mixer, or 10 mins by hand, using a dough scraper if you have one and lightly oiling your hands and the surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise until it has doubled in size.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large frying pan with the remaining oil, add the onions and a pinch of salt, and cook gently for 20 mins or until very soft.
  5. Pour in the vinegar and cook for a further 10 mins until sticky. Set aside to cool.
  6. Oil an A4-sized roasting tin, scrape in the dough and reshape in the tin, gently pushing the dough into the corners.
  7. Scatter over the onions, cover with a piece of lightly oiled cling film and leave until puffed up.
  8. Meanwhile, heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
  9. Using your fingers, lightly dimple the dough all over, drizzle with a little oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  10. Bake for 30 mins until golden brown.

This focaccia can be made the day before you need it (as long as it’s stored in an airtight container) which is great – you’ll have less to do on the day of your barbecue so you can just enjoy it and have fun!