Florentine-Topped Focaccia

Makes: 12 servings focaccia at 88o each (enough topping for 15 x 10-inch focaccia dough from above recipe). Prep Time: 10 minutes. Cook: 5 minutes. Substitute this topping for Onion Topping in the above recipe.

Florentine-Topped Focaccia
Servings: 12 Prep 10 mins Rise 2 hrs 15 mins Bake 400°F 25 mins Cook 5 mins Roast 400°F 50 mins


  • Dough:
  • 1 whole head garlic, unpeeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour (not self-rising)
Florentine Topping:
  • Floretine Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 10 ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3 ounces Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Fontina cheese

Make It


1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut top off head of garlic; remove loose skin. Brush cut end of garlic head with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Wrap head in aluminum foil.

2. Roast garlic in 400 degrees F oven for 50 minutes or until garlic is softened. Let cool. (This can be done ahead and refrigerated.)

3. Place the 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F) in glass measure. Sprinkle yeast over the water; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Then stir to dissolve yeast.

4. Meanwhile, squeeze garlic pulp from cloves into small bowl.

5. Whisk together flour, rosemary, salt, and sugar in large bowl. Make well in center. Slowly pour yeast mixture, roasted garlic pulp and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil into the well; mix the liquid into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon until dough comes together. Turn dough out onto well-floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.

6. Place the dough in an oiled bowl; turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover with clean kitchen towel; let rise in warm place for about 1-1/2 hours or until doubled in volume.


7. Heat oil in skillet. Add spinach, bacon and salt; saute 5 minutes.

8. When dough has risen, punch down. Sprinkle cornmeal over 15 x 10 x 1-inch jelly-roll pan. Firmly stretch dough to fit pan. With fingers, make dimples over dough. Spread with spinach mixture. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place 45 minutes, until doubled in volume.

9. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle cheese over top of dough.

10. Bake focaccia in 400 degrees F oven for 25 minutes or until the crust is browned and the cheese is bubbly. Cut into 12 pieces.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 233, Fat, total (g): 10, chol. (mg): 18, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 27, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 10, sodium (mg): 655, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.