Herb focaccia and smoked salmon (Penang food bloggers potluck)

When I was in Genoa, Italy, I have seen, eaten and smelt enough focaccia to last me a lifetime. I never really like focaccia because it is neither a pizza nor a bread. I just don’t get it why the Italians dig focaccia so much. There was this shop in Genoa which I passed by everyday and it was always packed with people waiting for the fresh batch of focaccia to come out of the oven. Still puzzle why people like focaccia. Feel free to say I am nothing but an uncouth, kampung girl.

herbs and cheese focaccia

Anyway, I actually intend to bake a wholemeal bread today but I changed my mind and instead made focaccia. I made the dough with :

One and half cup lukewarm water
3/4 tablespoons yeast
3/4 tablespoons salt
Two cups white bread flour
One cup wholemeal flour

Mix all. Knead. Leave to prove until double in size. Punch out air. Shape and leave to prove the second time.

To make the focaccia, I spread the dough into very thin layer in my baking pan measuring 15″ x 12″.

For the focaccia, I soaked one chopped garlic, tiny bunch of basil and oregano in olive oil.

When the focaccia has proven the second time, I pressed them to make tiny indents with my finger. Then, I spread the layer of olive oil infused with herbs and garlic. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese.

Bake at 220 degree celcius for 15-20 minutes.


smoked salmon

I am going to serve the focaccia with smoked salmon and cream cheese. It will be my dish for the Penang bloggers potluck tonight.

Will update with photos of the foods later on.

The focaccia has turned out quite ok, more like pizza than bread. Hehehe, probably I had spread the dough too thin.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

11 thoughts on “Herb focaccia and smoked salmon (Penang food bloggers potluck)


    (December 6, 2008 - 9:43 pm)

    so bad… we are not able to join….. kek sim nia…. miss it liao


    (December 6, 2008 - 11:39 pm)

    loved the foccacia bread with the smoked salmon lilian! (i greedily ate 3 pcs!) many thanks!

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    (December 7, 2008 - 12:38 am)

    lingzie – So glad it turned out ok cos it is my first attempt. Your cheese brownie also so yummy.

    PTP – Aiyar…so sayang none of the PTPs can make it lah, the foods all so nice. We cannot finish eating without the Tua Puis.

    ck lam

    (December 7, 2008 - 1:04 am)

    Thanks Lilian for introducing the foccacia bread with smoked salmon, indeed good and I too had three pieces.


    (December 7, 2008 - 2:04 am)

    yummy… this is great. I really enjoy the focaccia with the fresh salmon slide. Never thought you are so fast to post the recepie on your blog.

    Criz Lai

    (December 7, 2008 - 4:16 am)

    I love how you spread the mayonnaise and added the cream cheese in the roll of smoked salmon. It was a great combination. Next time I can order from you for parties.. 😛 Thanks for the sharing in the gathering. It was real enlightening 🙂


    (December 7, 2008 - 1:00 pm)

    This taste so good !!! Thanks for the great salmon focaccia …

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    (December 8, 2008 - 3:55 pm)

    Your homemade foccacia puts the rest of the commercial ones on sale in Penang to shame! The smoked salmon on it was perfection. Thanks so very much!

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