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Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread with Caramelized Onions

Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread recipe with caramelized onions is a delicious rustic homemade bread to share with family.

Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread with Caramelized Onions

Amazingly flavorful whole wheat foccacia bread with caramelized onions makes for a special treat to share with family.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
8 servings


For the Foccacia Dough:

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water, between 100 and 110 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil
  • ¾ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, loosely packed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Focaccia Toppings:

  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, sliced
  • 2.5 tablespoons grapeseed oil, separated
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes, patted dry
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese


  • In a bowl or mixer, stir together the water, yeast and honey. The water should be between 100 and 110 degrees. Allow the mixture to sit about 10 minutes until the yeast looks puffy and smells pungent. In a separate bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, salt and dried rosemary. Stir together to combine. Add the flour mixture to the mixer along with the grapeseed oil.
  • If you’re doing this by hand, mix the ingredients together well until you can form a ball. Turn the ball of dough out onto a floured surface, press the chopped basil leaves into the dough and kneed the dough until smooth, about 8 to 10 minutes. If you’re using a Kitchen Aid, simply use the dough hook attachment, turn the mixer on a medium setting (I use speed 4) and allow the hook to do the work for 10 minutes.
  • Place the ball of dough in a bowl and allow it to sit covered (by plastic wrap or a kitchen towel) for 1 hour in a warm place; it should be twice the size you started out with after about an hour.
  • To caramelize the onions, add half a tablespoon of grapeseed oil and a tablespoon of butter to a skillet and heat over medium. Add the onion and sauté, stirring frequently until translucent. Once onion is translucent, reduce heat to medium low and allow onions to brown, stirring every few minutes. Allowing the onions to wilt, turn completely brown and caramelize will take about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Prepare a lightly oiled baking sheet (a 9 x 13” works great, but no worries if yours is bigger). Turn the dough out onto the sheet and press it into the sheet with your palms until the dough meets the edges or until dough is about ¼” thick. Poke holes into the surface of the dough with your finger then drizzle 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil over it. Use your hands to evenly coat the dough with the oil. Allow the dough to sit another 10 to 20 minutes until it appears puffy and swollen again.
  • Spread the parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper over the dough then spread the sun-dried tomatoes and caramelized onions on top, pressing them into the dough slightly. Bake in the oven until golden brown around the edges, about 15 minutes. Turn temperature down to 350 and bake another 5 minutes (until the center is cooked all the way through). Allow the bread to cool about 10 minutes then serve with dinner!


(Focaccia dough recipe adapted from Cookin Canuk)


Serving: 1of 8 - Calories: 199kcal - Carbohydrates: 26g - Protein: 5g - Fat: 7g - Fiber: 5g - Sugar: 1g
Course: Side Dishes & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, focaccia, whole wheat
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Julia


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Monday 6th of December 2021

Hey, thank you for posting this recipe. I made a batch yesterday and it came out really nice on the first try. The next time you make a batch, consider adding a one hour autolyse step and see what you think about the texture.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Hi Tim! I'm so thrilled you enjoy the bread! I love the idea of letting it rest as well - I'll try that the next time I make it! xoxo


Thursday 4th of June 2020

Hey!How many table spoons would 1 package of dry yeast be?


Wednesday 20th of May 2020

I have made this several times now during quarantine and I love it because of the flexibility to use whatever I have on-hand for toppings/mix-ins. I put 3/4 of the onion mixture ( I make a lot) into the dough and the rest pressed into the top during baking. Seems to keep it moist. It bakes up really well in a 12 in. cast iron. Thanks!


Wednesday 20th of May 2020

I love that! I'll have to make the bread in cast iron the next time I make it. Thanks so much for the sweet note, and stay well :D


Wednesday 26th of December 2018

Can I substitute grape seed oil with any other oil like olive oil or groundnut oil?? I know grapeseed oil is greasier so don't want to substitute unless someone has tried the recipe with another oil.


Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Hi Juhi!

Ypou can use avocado oil, almond oil, or olive oil - avocado oil would be my preference! :D xo


Wednesday 17th of January 2018

Just what I was looking for! I’ll be making this for a group of my dear friends at my birthday dinner party. Thank you!!!


Thursday 18th of January 2018

You're very welcome! I hope you and your friends love it!

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