We’ll talk a bit about a twist to normal bread-making procedures by making this Focaccia Bread in a wood pellet smoker. But first, let’s get ready with what you need for this easy and delicious bread!
Focaccia Bread Foodie Friday (prep time about 2 hours including rising and baking. Makes 2 medium or large loaves. The number of slices just depends on how big you want the finished loaves to be cut.
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 C. of water
1 sachet of active dry yeast
2-4 tb. extra virgin olive oil
1 tb. honey or 1 tbsp. Granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
Toppings: (suggestions only)
fresh or dried herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, dill, garlic…)
black olives (whole pitted or sliced)
sun-dried tomatoes or halves of fresh cherry tomatoes
edible flowers such as basil flowers, dill flowers, marigolds, violets, rose pedals. Research what flowers you can eat and you can even make a whole picture on top of your Focaccia bread!
coarse sea salt or kosher salt
Follow the real-time step-by-step photos below to bake focaccia bread like a pro. It really is as easy as it sounds and so few ingredients (and inexpensive).
Here’s a little taste of what went into making it: I love bread and focaccia is such a simple, rustic bread. I was at the RV for the week so plenty of time to sit back and relax while the dough rose. One downside, I really don’t like RV ovens. You have to crawl on your knees on the floor and reach behind to turn on the pilot and they never seem to be very accurate when setting the temperature.
I started to think, the pellet grill/smoker is really nothing more than a wood burning oven with the lid closed. You have temperature settings and everything. I even did a little research on cooking Focaccia in a smokehouse. It looked good and it was not wrong. Really. I was just disappointed how long it took as the smoker was really bad at maintaining the 400 degrees. What should have been 20 minutes cooking in a regular oven took 40 minutes in the smoker. The bread didn’t particularly brown either. The online tutorial I watched gushed about how the parmesan cheese on top really gave it a nice brown. Ummm. Not really.
It was still super delicious and just how you want the texture: crispy on the outside all around and light and fluffy on the inside.
So smoker or oven, it’s a great recipe, fun to play with and even more fun to impress guests at a casual wine, cheese and focaccia evening at your house (or motorhome)!
Focaccia bread step by step in photos
You can make the perfect focaccia bread by following these step-by-step photo instructions.
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