Free-form herby focaccia bread with toasty caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes takes you to Italy.
You are cruising on a bike through a small country-side Italian town with cobblestone streets with a nice brisk autumn wind. Just cool enough for a light sweater. Your sweater is probably canary yellow or pea green, by the way…naturally. Time constraints and your to-do list are far from your mind while you inhale deeply and sigh out your sense of satisfaction. You can breathe here. You feel connected. Connected to the country-side and to the people enjoying their coffee outside of the small quaint shops.
Baking this focaccia bread is wonderful. From the scent of fresh chopped basil, onions sautéing and yeast activating to working the dough with your bare hands and waiting patiently while the bread fills the whole house with warm, comforting smells. The process of baking this bread is relaxing and provides much needed sensory stimulus to focus the brain and calm the nerves.
Enjoy this bread with a satisfying meal and a glass of wine. Enjoy the crispy texture and buttery flavor of the caramelized onions, the salty, herbed rustic bread and your trip to the Italian country-side. Enjoy your company – your friends and family. Bake, eat, repeat.