Quick(ish) Tomato Basil Sourdough Focaccia - The Gingered Whisk

Monday, January 20, 2014

Quick(ish) Tomato Basil Sourdough Focaccia

Quick(ish) Tomato Basil Sourdough Focaccia

Today is Sourdough Surprises day, and guess who has two thumbs and juuuust made their focaccia this morning! Yup, this girl! I totally have a valid excuse, though. See when we took our epic 2 week vacation back home, I brought my starter, Felix, with me. Yup, I actually packed that starter up in a cooler and drove it 800 miles to my parents house. We made sourdough popovers, biscuits, crescent rolls, all kinds of yummy things. But when it was time to leave and I was starting to not feel well, poor Felix got left in the fridge. Don't worry, though, my Dad is thoroughly enjoying babysitting him.

Quick(ish) Tomato Basil Sourdough Focaccia

So I was kind of dreading making a starter from scratch (remember, Felix was a gift to me over three years ago!) when my dear lovely friend Shelley came to my rescue and mailed me some of hers! Now they are starters are siblings!! How cute is that?! Haha But I juuust got the starter Saturday afternoon and have been refreshing it until now.

This is probably one of my new favorite breads I have made. It is relatively simple, and so delicious!! I can't stop snacking on it, and I think it is going to go perfectly with our spaghetti and meatballs tonight!

Quick(ish) Tomato Basil Sourdough Focaccia

Check out all the other amazingly delicious sourdough focaccia that was made this month! And don't forget to check the Sourdough Surprises blog in a few days to see what we will be making next!

Quick(ish) Tomato Basil Sourdough Focaccia

Quickish Tomato Basil Sourdough Focaccia

by The Gingered Whisk
Prep Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bread basil sourdough tomatoes
Ingredients (8 servings)
  • 1 cup starter (fed and bubbly)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh basil
  • up to 1 TBSP coarse sea salt
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • coarsely ground black pepper
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the starter, warm water, olive oil, flour and sea salt.
Switch to a dough hook and knead until it becomes a smooth pliable ball of dough.
Grease a large mixing bowl, place the dough in it, cover, and allow to proof for 4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 475F.
Roll the dough into a rectangle about 3/4" thick.
Use your fingers to indent the surface of the dough.
Brush the dough surface with the olive oil.
Toss the tomato slices, chopped basil, sea salt and pepper.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the bread is browned and crusty.
Allow to cool to room temperature, cut into squares and serve with olive oil for dipping.
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 (only very slightly adapted from Nourished Kitchen)


  1. Cherry Tomatoes are perfection on focaccia!
    Love his round version, nice job ;)
    Have a great day

  2. Looks Delicious Jenni!! With a big Thanks to Shelley too:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  3. It looks delicious! I hope Felix comes home soon. It just occured to me that I have had my starter for almost three years too. I had to go out of town when it was finally ready to be used that March. I packed it up and it drove 450 miles with me to see a friend. I made my first loaf at her house.

  4. Oh, I love that you took Felix on a road trip! That is one well traveled starter. Quick or not, your focaccia turned out beautifully!

  5. Sibling starters! You know... I never named mine... we should think of something... ;) And WOW - for traveling all that distance, it sure made a delicious looking focaccia! I bet it went PERFECTLY with your spaghetti and meatballs! :)

  6. Hooray, the new starter performed admirably! Lucky Felix to hang out with family, and poor you to handle the stress! Starters place somewhere between pets and family in attachment after a few years of companionship.

  7. So pretty! At least your starter is in a good home. Maybe you'll be able to marry your new starter with Felix at some point. :)

  8. To me, those slivers of basil just add that final brush stroke to a lovely painting. Your focaccia really catches the eye!

  9. Gorgeous and classic. I love that your starter is named Felix. Mine's Flo.

  10. Oh my gosh, how did Shelley mail the starter?? That is awesome :) And it made some beautiful looking focaccia.

    1. She fed it, stuck it in a container, in a box, and mailed it! LOL It works best in winter when it is cold out, and 2 day shipping (or less) is best. Worked just fine!

  11. Jenni, that is just beautiful. So what's Felix' little brother's name?


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