The most superb flower focaccia bread

focaccia bread

The most superb flower focaccia bread

Welcome back to Sandtondiet and to today’s flower focaccia bread recipe. My kids and I had the best fun making this flower focaccia bread recipe so I just had to share. This is a recipe that I really suggest you try because the sky is the limit as far a creativity goes!

Don’t be intimidated by the fact that recipe is has yeast in it. As long as you knead the dough for 5 minute (you should time this) then it is sure to be a success. This flower focaccia bread is a superb recipe and produces a light and fluffy bread that is beyond delicious!

My focaccia dough recipe is based on a recipe by Anne Burrell from the Food Network. I have made this focaccia often and it is an absolute crowd pleaser. I have adapted the recipe from the original though because I found that it had too much oil. I also use less salt in this flower focaccia bread recipe.

I’ve also added these two links to this post for flower focaccia recipes from other food bloggers so that you can see where I got my inspiration from: or both  have beautiful focaccia creations

If you would like some other recipes to make with your kids then I have quite a few recipes for you. I often get my kids involved in the cooking. The absolutely love it and it is a really good life skill to have under your belt. My kids often help me with The best one-pot macaroni and cheese , this  skinny tuna lasagne or these Healthy and quick baked Italian meatballs   . They are easy but scrumptious recipes for the whole family to enjoy.

Be sure to look out for my next recipes which will be for healthy chocolate brownies! I would love to see pictures of your flower focaccia bread recipes! I hope that you have as much fun as we did. Until next time, Leanne xoxo


The most superb flower focaccia bread




1 ¾ cups warm water

1 packet instant dry yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

5 cups cake wheat flour

½ cup + 4 Tbsp olive oil

Pink Himalayan salt

Italian herbs



Vegetable (“flower”) component for the focaccia bread


Yellow pepper, thinly sliced

Green pepper, thinly sliced

Black olives, sliced

Baby tomatoes, sliced

Large baby marrow, peel the skin off with a potato peeler and slice thinly




  1. Combine the yeast, sugar and water in a bowl and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast is bubbling
  2. Add the flour, salt and ½ cup of olive oil to your stand mixer
  3. Add the bubbling yeast liquid to the flour in your mixing bowl and mix on a low speed, using the dough hook,  until the ingredients form and ball of dough (if it is too sticky then sprinkle in a bit more flour)
  4. You can either continue to mix the dough in your mixer or do it by hand for 5 minutes (the dough should be smooth and shouldn’t stick to hands or the counter top. If it does then just keep adding a bit more flour until it isn’t sticking any more)
  5. Your dough is ready when it is nice and smooth and there are no lumps left (this generally takes 5 minutes with any type of yeast dough that you are making)
  6. Lightly oil a bowl to put the dough into and allow it to rise until it doubles in size (I usually cover the bowl in cling film)
  7. Line a baking tin (with sides), with baking paper and rub the 2 tablespoons of the olive oil on top of the baking paper
  8. Once the dough has doubled in size, take the dough from the bowl and stretch it out over the base of your baking tin and allow it to rise again for about half an hour
  9. Sprinkle the reaming 2 tablespoons of olive oil on top of the dough and gently push some dents into the dough with the tips of your fingers
  10. Season the dough with salt and Italian herbs
  11. Next is the fun and creative bit and is the time when you can create your vegetable flowers on top of the focaccia dough. You can use any vegetables that you want but I have listed the ones that I used in the ingredients list
  12. Once you are finished with your masterpiece in goes into the oven and gets baked at 180⁰C for 30 minutes or until golden brown on the top.
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