Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

 I know what you’re thinking, “Two bread recipes in one weekend?!” –yep!  I’ve been meaning to  share this one for a while and am pretty sure I might have accidentally led you astray on a previous post (i.e. here) and said I would be sharing it immediately.  I got distracted and that didn’t happen.  But I’m here to share it with you today!    Better late than never, I say.

Unlike my last post for Whole Wheat Biscuits, this one does involve yeast.  But to make up for it, it is a no-knead recipe.  So technically, the biscuits may have involved slightly more arm power than this one.  This dough comes together rapidly (10 minutes) and only needs to rise for about an hour.  It is pretty much impossible to mess up this recipe, so if you’re new to bread making, please try it out and don’t be intimidated!

I’ll let the pictures say the rest.  Looks good, huh

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

If you’re going to make this focaccia, I recommend eating it the day of.  While it still tastes good the second day around, it loses its crispy crust factor, which, to me, is my favorite thing about baked bread to begin with.  You could serve it with soup, as a substitute for a traditional carb for any meal, or slice it to make delicious sandwiches.  Perhaps a tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwich?  I haven’t done that last option yet, but it sounds pretty delectable to me.

If you’re just making this bread for yourself and/or one other person, you could always half the recipe as well and use a smaller baking dish.  But that would leave you with, of course, half the bread and that thought makes me sad.

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

Time for the shower cap trick!  I have to admit, this might have been the most exciting part.

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

I’ve never been a shower cap girl before, but this shower cap bread trick may have me stealing them from hotel rooms from now on.  One of my pet peeves is when I try to cover baking dishes or bowls with plastic wrap and they just won’t stick or stay put for the life of me.

I’m pretty sure some company has caught on to this idea and started selling elastic plastic wrap covers, but this option is free, so I’ll stick with shower caps.  It would be a great way to transport dishes or baked goods in the car too!

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

Bread is definitely becoming one of my favorite things to make in this kitchen.  And whenever I see the price tags on everyday baked bread at the grocery store (usually 4-5 dollars a loaf), that thought is confirmed.

Hmm…crispy cheese on warm, hot and fluffy homemade focaccia.  Can’t get much better than that!

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

Cheesy Whole Wheat No-Knead Focaccia

Yield: 1 (9 x 12 inch) Loaf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup grated Vermont sharp cheddar
  • kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Grease 9 x 12 inch baking dish with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  2. Using mixer, combine all ingredients and beat for 60 seconds. No more, no less! Dough will be sticky.
  3. Lightly oil fingers so the dough is easier to work with. Scoop out of mixing bowl, place in baking dish, and spread out (it doesn’t have to reach the corners or fit perfectly, once it rises, this will occur naturally).
  4. Cover baking dish, set in a warm, dry place (non-heated oven works perfectly for this) and let rest for 60 minutes (I actually let mine rest for 1-2 hours). I learned from King Arthur’s that a perfect tool to do this, believe it or not, is to use a hotel shower cap. It covers the whole dish and stays put.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Once dough has risen, sprinkle on additional tablespoon of olive oil and gently poke the dough with your fingers. Sprinkle on cheese.
  6. Bake until golden brown, between 35-40 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt! Serve warm.

Notes

Adapted from King Arthur Flour’s Focaccia.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 332mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 0g Protein: 7g
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