Fabulous Focaccia my ‘Whey’

Fabulous Focaccia my ‘Whey’
Oven ready
Today it is my pleasure to WOW you with my protein rich, colorful focaccia. Pronounced Fo-Ka-Cha

Pari of Fooddelicious had this ever so tempting post on her blog last week and I knew I simply HAD to make it – I had all the fresh home grown ingredients for it and I said, hey, let’s do it and I did. It turned out to be a phenomenal success (which is measured in how many minutes it takes to get devoured by my kids) and truth to tell, I am happy I got a minute to take the pictures before my kids went gung-ho with it.I had some when sitting around in the fridge left over from making some paneer. I used it in a couple of ways: one in the soup I made to accompany the focaccia and two, in the focaccia itself. While the taste did not change any, it felt better that with the carbs, there was also some protein. If you are a vegetarian, you know how difficult it is to avoid carbs – even if you are seeking the complex kinds. Anyway, without further natter, I present to you my fresh, really fresh, Focaccia

Baked to a nicety!


For the dough
  • 3-4 cups of bread flour ( I used King Arthur’s unbleached bread flour)
  • 1tbsp of instant yeast
  • 2tbsp crushed fresh rosemary
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 4cloves of freshly squeezed garlic
  • 2tbsp of olive oil1cup of warm whey (I subbed whey for the water which is the original way to go – Curd or milk would also be a good idea should you want to try)
  • 2tbsp warm water
  • Some more warm water as need to get the right consistency
Home grown tomatoes, onions and Rosemary
For the Garnish
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (any kind)
  • 2 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 1-2tbsp of olive oil
  • 3small onions diced
  • 2tbsp fresh garlic chives, chopped


In 2tbsp of warm water, add the sugar & yeast and allow it to frothIn the meantime, combine flour and salt and all the chopped herbs and spices and mix dryAdd the olive oil and mixAdd the frothing yeast to the flour and mix in wellNow add the warm whey and knead either in your mixer or by handKnead until it is a smooth ball that lifts off without sticking to the sides of the bowlPut a plastic cover (I often use grocery bags) and let it sit for a couple of hoursAbout 15 minutes before the dough time is up, chop your onions and chivesGet your pan ready and sprayed and set the oven to 350 deg. FTake dough out and punch down to release the air.Roll or knead it out to the shape of the pan (I used a rectangular one)With the knuckle of you index finger, make dots or dips in the spread doughBrush with olive oilArrange your tomatoes appealingly (:And you onions and chivesAllow this to sit for about 20 minutes (keep covered if need be) This will help the dough to rise a bit more)Bake for 25-30 minutes, until you see that the crust is brown and the top is starting to brown lightly too.Remove, cut and eat…

Optional: grate some fresh Parmesan Cheese
A side view of the yummy crust

Hope you enjoy the visuals and please try to make this at home and show off to you family your gourmet chef qualities :) Adios amigos until next time



Posted on

September 13, 2012


  1. Absolutely enjoyed those delectable visuals. Lovely foccacia and a perfect place to use that leftover whey.

  2. Woww… lovely!

  3. Wow…Looks very delicious…Loved your way of making it…

  4. First ,let me say something about ur new make over for ur domain.Hugs priya……
    Foccacia looks ultimate and the pics are mouthwatering too.

  5. mouth watering recipe, looks so inviting…

  6. Foccacia looks really pretty topped with all the colorful fresh veggies

  7. Wow. Your space looks beautiful now…
    Nice clicks…

  8. Delicious Focaccia Priya with all veggies yumm.

  9. this looks fab !! So soft and colorful…

  10. gr8 new look to the space…foccacia looks yum

  11. Woow looks delicious dish nice presantation

  12. Yummy foccacia. loving the flavors in dere

  13. Yummy foccacia. loving the flavors in dere

  14. Yummy foccacia Wow! looks delicious…

  15. So perfectly done and soft..loveed the colourful and beautiful topping!!!Awesome…

  16. It has come out so perfect Priya.. love the colourful toppings..

  17. super tempting foccacia…

  18. Beautifully done! The bread looks light and fluffy.

  19. Love the recipe,beautifully made..yum

  20. Your 'whey' looks absolutely great. Would love to taste that.

  21. This is so awesome, I have everything except whey at home. Might as well try using curd instead and see where I go to.
    Love Ash.


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