Stuffed Focaccia

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: pizza | Tags: , , |

This Italian flat bread has got its name from the Latin word focus, which means “hearth”. Italian style ingredients such as roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, fragrant fresh or firm ripe tomatoes will complement this bread dough to perfection.
I have used a combination of cottage cheese (paneer) and cubes of mozzarella that melts just perfectly inside the focaccia.
Focaccia is very similar to a pizza base but this recipe uses two pizza bases sandwiched with a cheese and basil mixture.
Sea salt sprinkled on top of the focaccia gives it a delicious crust.
Bake this bread just before dinner and enjoy it with a bowl of hot soup.

Cooking time : 20 mins.
Preparation time : 10 mins.

Serves 4 to 6.

Ingredients
1/2 recipe basic pizza base, page…

1/2 cup cottage cheese (paneer), crumbled
1/2 cup cooking cheese or mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
10 to 15 basil leaves
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
salt to taste
Other ingredients
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (khada namak)
butter or oil for greasing and brushing
Method
1. Prepare the pizza dough as mentioned in the recipe. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
2. Roll out each portion into a circle of 200 mm. (8″) diameter and 8 mm. (1/3″) thickness.
3. Place one dough circle on a 200 mm. (8″) greased pie dish.
4. Top with the cottage cheese, cheese, basil leaves, chilli flakes and salt.
5. Top with the second dough circle and seal the ends tightly, using a little water.
6. Brush the top of the focaccia with a little water and sprinkle the sea salt over. Prick the focaccia with a fork at regular intervals.
7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220°C (430°F) for 15 to 20 minutes or until the base is evenly browned.
8. Brush the hot focaccia with butter.
9. Serve warm, cut into wedges.
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