Baking | Roasted Garlic Foccacia … & a salute to the ‘Fukushima 50’!

“All sorrows are  less with bread.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Roasted Garlic FocacciaIs it just me, or does time really seem to crawl when you want life to get back to normal? Japan is still battling its worse ever crisis, the world looks on with fingers crossed, living in hope that things will get better. Hope rests on unlikely heroes, a band of brothers who work tirelessly round the clock with strength and resilience, reflecting the true spirit of the nation they belong to. The Fukushima 50, the bravest of the brave, put their lives on hold while they battle radiation risks to save impending disaster. The world salutes your spirit!Roasted Garlic FoccaciaAs my mind is overtaken by thoughts of Japan, the bread I post today is simple yet comforting,  a good classic bread with deep taste.  A few days ago, I had this obsessive desire to bake bread. The weather here is changing, warming up rather quickly, an indication that bread baking days are back again.Roasted Garlic FoccaciaOften I forget to begin the bread process the previous evening; just don’t plan right. It’s such a bother! I’d had focaccia on my mind for a few days. That morning, leafing through my cookbooks and recipes {including Ottolenghi & Peter Reinhart}, figured I was late for the poolish again. Poolish is like a starter, a mother dough, and is also referred to as a pre-ferment or biga. Roasted Garlic FoccaciaYet, bread I HAD to bake! The insane idea didn’t want to leave my head, so it was back to the net,  proving for the  infinite time that net dependency is something that isn’t easy to shake off! One of the first matches for ‘same day focaccia ‘ led me to Pease-Pudding! What’s not to love about the name? One step into the delicious blog and it was time to bookmark. Pease-Pudding is hosted by a North English lass who lives in New Zealand. She loves peas and she loves pudding, has a passion for desserts, hence the name.Roasted Garlic FoccaciaOf the bread she said on her post, “I have made the bread three times now and each time it turns out perfect. The difference with this dough is that it is more like a wet poolishand not one you knead.”  We absolutely loved the focaccia. The crust and texture of both the inside and the outside were addictive. It was obvious why she had made it thrice in a week. I would too!!Roasted Garlic Foccacia A handsome splash of extra virgin olive oil, a couple of heads of roasted garlic in the dough, a sprinkling of fresh oregano, sea salt & more garlic on top. I couldn’t have asked for better, more  comforting bread! It’s simple, is ready to bake in a couple of hours, and the olive oil lavished on top gives it a beautiful crust. Not sure if the addition of vital gluten had anything to do with it, but the insides were airy, light and delightfully chewy. 

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. OMG! Your focaccia looks heavenly!
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  2. Looks super yumm

  3. Spectacular, Deeba! I love focaccia, but hardly ever make it, you inspired me :)
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  4. A splendid Focaccia! Now I’m hungry. Anything with roasted garlic gets my vote.



  5. Great recipe and wonderful photos! I need to make this focaccia because I’ve never made one before!
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  6. Something else I have learned from trhe blogging world. Now I have to Google vital gluten because I have never heard of it until now. It sure does wonders for the foccacia!!!.
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  7. That looks fabulously light and fluffy inside. The roasted garlic sounds like a great addition. It’s been a while since I’ve made bread, perhaps it’s time to start again.
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen´s last blog post ..chocolate and milk toast when comfort is neededMy Profile

  8. This looks amazing Deeba, of course! If you ever come to the states I’ll be crushed if you don’t look me up! :)
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  9. Your photos are so wonderful! My mouth always waters when I look at your blog. I like the idea of baking bread this week. I think you’ve inspired me yet again.
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  10. O that is just the recipe I need!! I have a friend coming over for cooking on sunday and wanted to make a focaccia.. This seems like the perfect one to me so just printed the recipe!
    And you are so right about the brave man (and maybe women too?) who are fighting at the Fukushima plant.. I was watching yesterday on the news and well, it’s just almost too gruesome to think about…
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  11. Oh, Deeba, just look at the perfect texture you’ve achieved in this foccccia, with all its lovely airy voids! And the flavors you’ve used here are right up my alley. I’m definitely making your recipe, rather than my own, from now on.
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  12. Was just thinking of making one off late and here I am served the baked goody already! Lovely and wonderful flavors.
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  13. Your focaccia look amazing!! dear Deeba, I love italian breads and this look delicious! huggs xoxoxox gloria
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  14. The focaccia looks just wonderful Deeba! I have been meaning to try a poolish focaccia since some time, but haven’t yet tried as I find the thought intimidating. This sounds pretty quick, I must try it one of these days. I love gluten in my bread too as I find it does improve the texture..

  15. And yes, stunning pics as always, loved the first one!

  16. Wow focaccia looks sooo prefect, beautiful clicks as ever..
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  17. Wow!!! I really liked your focaccia. It looks amazing and just the right texture. And not to forget your presentation skills and photograpgy. Its just excellent!!!

  18. Helene says:

    Nice of you to talk about Japan. Our thoughts are with them. Beautiful focaccia!
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  19. That really looks good! I love that it doesn’t have such daunting rise time. 😉
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  20. I’ve never tried Foccacia before, but with such an easy recipe I might try it soon :)
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  21. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle says:

    Bread. Garlic. Olive Oil. You’ve hit my nirvana. We love our Foccacia but so often follow an old standy recipe I love of rosemary and sea salt; now just dying for real to goodness garlic bread.
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  22. Focaccia has come out really lovely. WOuld have been aromatic and heavenly…
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  23. Really, its so terrible what people have to go through in Japan and if not for these brave people things would have been worse that it already is right now.
    That bread looks GORGEOUS. I bought something similar to this from my nearby bakery yesterday for a holi party we are hosting this weekend but now this post of yours made me feel that I could have done it all by myself! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe Deeba.
    BTW: Shooting you an email right now!
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  24. wow! looks amazing!

  25. What a beautiful foccaccia! You are right, there is nothing more comforting than some fresh baked bread. You know what they say, “bread is the staff of life.”
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.
    *kisses* HH

  26. That foccacia looks gorgeous! I can just imagine that it smells amazing. I will have to try this :)
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  27. OMG! I must bake this foccacia! Looks so delish Deeba, thanks for the recipe :)
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  28. I always wanted to try, i knew i would always mess it up, i’m encouraged seeing ur pictures Deeba, they are so airy and feels like it will melt it right away ….and gorgeous pictures!
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  29. Perfect focaccia!!! Love the hollow air pockets!!! beautiful…
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  30. Love the props, the rotated angles, the images are a treat, plus, the bread looks like it is still warm. A delight to review.

  31. Do you use 500 ml water to knead this, I mean is the dough expected to be watery?

  32. Brittany says:

    The ingredients in this recipe would be delicious! I love your images as well.B

  33. I love focaccia! That looks so fluffy and amazing.

  34. A lovely focaccia, Deeba. I’ve never made it…would love to try this recipe!

  35. Absolutely lovely focaccia! Now I feel like a bowl of warm soup with garlic focaccia.

  36. That is a beautiful focaccia. I love the flavors you put on it.
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  37. I think your first photo is a masterpiece; I don’t really care what the bread tastes like, although I am sure it is superb, the photo is absolutely incredible. You are such an artist. I am in awe.
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  38. The bread looks fabulous and what gorgeous photo shots of it. many thanks for the referral and I hope you enjoy many more foccacia days to come! I always always make it for a friends son when they come to dinner, he is 5 and loves it very much.

  39. I am sure you are aware of this and you must have heard this a zillion time and yet I will say this again … you are one of the best food stylist I have seen so far .. the collages are beautiful .. complimenting each other .. amazing … JUST AMAZING. You should give us some gyan on styling and photography .. seriously ! :)
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  40. Himanshu says:

    true Deeba, we don’t get strong bread flour in India. Last time I made foccacia for a dinner party at home, it didn’t puff up much and was a little hard. Seems, this vital gluten does wonder to the all purpose flour. Could you please tell, where can I find this in Gurgaon?

  41. meenakshi says:

    hello mam, really your recpies inspires me to make things, how hard i resist myself no that i am not going to make anything today .again when i was surfing your blog , this beauty caught my eyes to make it. but my mind is always full of questions to ask before making anything- first have you used active dry yeast ,secondly did you bake it in the middle rack with bottom rod of the oven switched on? can you please give a tip that how to store a loaf or any kind of bread soft after baking?

    • Hi M…sorry for the delay
      1.First have you used active dry yeast – I have used dry active yeast
      2. Secondly did you bake it in the middle rack with bottom rod of the oven switched on? – Yes in the middle rack with the bottom element on, and then the both the top and bottom for a while to colour the bread
      3. How to store a loaf or any kind of bread soft after baking? – Once cool, you can clingwrap the bread before storing it to trap the moisture in. IMHO, homemade bread is best enjoyed fresh and warm.

  42. meenakshi says:

    mam, still waiting for your reply

  43. meenakshi says:

    please reply.

  44. meenakshi says:

    thanks a ton for giving your time and replying to my each query.
    once again a big THANKYOU.

  45. Vijeta Nanda says:

    Hi Deeba, ur posts are so so inspiring… I’m determined to bake this focaccia bread today, but have no idea about vital gluten & its very difficult so search for baking stuffs in Kolkata. Is there a replacement for this ingredient?

  46. Hi Deeba,

    Landed on your blog from the white ramekins blog. Both the blogs are superbly amazing in terms of recipes, photos and presentation. :)

    I love to bake bread. Its just therapeutic and heavenly. I was going through your bread recipes and they are really nice. I have one question though. I do not want to use vital gluten. Is there any substitute to the same in terms of yeast or flour ratio or rising times.

    Let me know if there is. Thanks again :)

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    • Hi Priyanka,
      Thank you for your sweet words. I used to bake bread without vital gluten before. The bread works out well sans too.

      • Thanks for the quick reply Deeba. I have tried other recipes without gluten and they turned out well too. Saw the ingredient in your recipes so thought would ask you. Thanks a lot. I will skip the gluten and try your bread recipes. Would let you know how they turned out. :)
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