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Cherry and Rosemary Focaccia
September 2021
Reading time 5 minutes

Try a bread you've probably never had before with this surprising recipe

The sweetness of cherries is offset by rosemary and salt in this fabulous focaccia.
  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 350ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 150g love cherries cherries, halved and pitted
  • 3 sprigs rosemary, leaves picked
  • 75ml olive oil
  • Sea salt

Tip the flour into a large bowl. Add the yeast on one side of the bowl, and the salt to the other side the mix together, this is to make sure the salt and yeast don’t touch as the salt kills the yeast. Make a well in the centre, then pour the water into the well. Mix with yours to form a soft dough, it shouldn’t be too sticky, add a little more flour if it looks too wet. Tip onto a clean surface and knead for around 10 mins. 

Clean the bowl and add a tbsp of the olive oil. Move the dough into the bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for around an hour, or until doubled in size. 

Tip a tbsp oil into a 30cm x 20cm roasting tin. Tip the dough into the tin, squashing out the air as you do so. Use your hands to press it into the corners and flatten it out into a rectangle. Top with the cherry halves and scatter with the rosemary leaves. Cover with cling and leave to rise for 30 mins. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan. 

Once the dough has risen, drizzle with the remaining olive oil, scatter with sea salt and bake for 20 mins, until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 mins, then slice and serve.

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