Sourdough adventures – loaded focaccia, 2 ways

I had grand plans for making a sourdough panettone as my contribution to the feast at the New Year’s party we went to, but ran out of time to build my Italian-style sweet starter, so I opted to make a couple of loaded focaccie instead.

I made one savoury…


and one sweet…


Both were spectacularly tasty!

Ingredients for dough

200g 100% hydration starter
590g strong white flour
300g water
10g salt

Additions for sweet fruit focaccia

50g dried cranberries
100g raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
20g honey, plus 20g additional for glazing

Additions for olive and sundried tomato focaccia

50g sundried tomatoes packed in oil
100g pitted black olives
1 tsp dried oregano
20g olive oil, plus additional for drizzling


Place dried fruit in a small bowl, cover with hot water, stir well and leave to soak for about 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly, pat dry with paper towel and set aside.

Drain and roughly chop sundried tomatoes and olives and spread on paper towel for about 30 minutes to soak up excess moisture, pat dry with paper towel and set aside.

Mix starter, flour, water and salt together in a bowl. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead gently for about 5 minutes, rest a few minutes, then divide in 2 and place each half in a separate bowl.

On one half of the dough, sprinkle soaked fruit, cinnamon and honey, roll up into a ball and knead again for about 5 minutes.

On the other half of the dough, sprinkle olives, tomatoes, oregano and oil, roll up into a ball and knead again for about 5 minutes.

Don’t worry if you have trouble incorporating all the fillings at first – you can do this gradually as you do the stretches and folds.

Cover and rest at least 2 hours, stretching and folding every 30 minutes. After the last fold, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, remove the bowls from the fridge and bring to room temperature – at least 2 hours.

Lightly oil 2 rimmed baking trays (I used large metal pie plates). Press the doughs out into the trays so they are about an inch thick. Press your fingers into the tops to create indentations and press in any filling ingredients that got left behind in the bowls. Cover both focaccie loosely and rest for about three hours.

Preheat oven to 250°C.

Drizzle the savoury focaccia generously with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

Reduce oven to 210°C. Bake the focaccie for 30 – 35 minutes, swapping racks two or three times to ensure even baking, until they are a deep, golden colour.

Heat the extra honey in the microwave and brush the still-warm sweet focaccia with it.

Transfer both focaccie from their trays onto wire racks to cool.

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7 Responses to Sourdough adventures – loaded focaccia, 2 ways

  1. These look great! I have been meaning to make a sourdough focaccia, but I can never decide what ingredients to use! 🙂 Love that you did both a sweet and a savory version!

    • pizzarossa says:

      Thanks Jenni! I’m always searching for new ways to use my starter each week because there’s only so much sandwich bread we can eat – sharing these was a real treat 🙂

  2. Yvonne says:

    These look delicious! I have never thought of making sweet focaccias, but that’s a great idea! I bet they were both huge hits at your New Year’s party 🙂

  3. Wow, I am impressed, so eye catching and beautiful! I reposted this on my FB, Northwest Sourdough.

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