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Cheesy Carmelized Onion Focaccia Recipe

I am loving all the recipes I can do in my Breadman Bread Machine!  I had some extra onions and shredded cheddar in my fridge,and this focaccia recipe was calling their names.  I have a definite weakness for onions in bread…onion bagels are my favorite…and anything with caramelized onion is a winner in my book.  My sister was over when I made this,and the WOW factor was big on this focaccia,while the most difficult part about this recipe is waiting to take it out of the oven when your room is filled with the deliciousness of Cheesy Caramelized Onion Focaccia!  Here is how I did it:

I poured 3/4 cup lukewarm water and 2 TB olive oil into the bread machine.  I then covered the liquid by pouring in 1 tsp salt (you want to keep the salt away from the yeast that will go on the very top),1 TB sugar,2 cups of flour,and then make a little pool in the flour for 1.5 tsp of active dry yeast.  Make sure the yeast does not touch the water.  Turn on your bread machine and set it to the “dough cycle”,which is where your bread machine does all of the kneading and makes you fabulous dough,but you don’t actually bake it in the bread machine.

While the dough is being formed,slice 1 large onion and carmelize it in 1/4 cup butter over medium heat (this will take about 20 minutes do get a nice carmel color).  Add in 3 cloves of minced garlic about 5 minutes before you are done carmelizing the onion.  You do not want to add the garlic too soon,because garlic can burn easily (and then it tastes bitter):

Carmelized Onions

 

Back to the bread machine,once the dough is finished,form about a 10″circle out of the dough on a 12″pizza pan that is greased with butter.  Cover the pizza pan and put it somewhere warm so that it doubles (takes about 30 minutes).

Once the dough has doubled in size,take the handle of a wooden spoon and create indentations every 1″in the dough.  Put the carmelized onion on top of the foccacia (covering all of the holes) and make sure to get a bit of the onion / garlic butter from the pan on the outer crust of the foccacia.  Put a generous pile of shredded cheddar cheese on top (I actually used the Mexican cheese mix that has monterey jack,medium cheddar,queso quesadilla,and asadero cheese):

Carmelized Onion Cheddar Focaccia Before Baking

Bake the Cheesy Carmelized Onion Foccacia at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes (it should be golden brown) and serve immediately:

Carmelized Onion Cheddar Focaccia Baked

This foccacia recipe was super delicious,though it really is best fresh.  We had some the next morning with eggs,and it was still quite good,but not as good as when it was fresh.  If you rewarm it in the microwave,cover the bread with a damp paper towel so that it stays moist.  Next time,I want to try adding some parmesan cheese and perhaps some italian seasoning too.

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