Christmas Focaccia Bread Art

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Focaccia bread art is one of the easiest baking recipes you can make. Plus, it’s an empty canvas that you can decorate with colorful veggies and herbs. For this tutorial, we’ve created four unique focaccia bread art recipes – one for each season of the year! They’re perfect for dinner parties or even just if you’re feeling inspired to make edible pieces of art! 

Ingredients for Focaccia Dough

Focaccia Bread Art Dough Ingredients

  • 4.5 cups (500 grams) of flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 3 1/3 tbsp (50 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for baking
  • 1 2/3 cups of (400 grams) of water
  • ¼ pack of yeast (7 grams) or 2/3 ounce fresh yeast
  • Salt
  • A spoon
  • A baking pan 
  • A scraper spatula
  • A kitchen towel

Instructions for Making Focaccia Dough

  1. Start by dissolving the yeast in a small bowl with warm water. Swirl the mixture with a spoon to help it dissolve faster.
  2. Now, pour your flour into a mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture into the bowl and mix everything together with a spoon.
  3. Add the olive oil to the dough and continue to mix.
  4. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  5. As the dough forms, it might get sticky. Feel free to use a scraper spatula to help you with the mixing. Once it becomes less sticky, you can knead it with your hands if you’d like.
  6. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise for 1/2 hour. You can also use paper towels if you’d like. At this point, the dough should have doubled in size.
  7. In the meantime, oil your baking tray.
  8. Peel the dough out of the bowl and stretch it to fit the tray form.
  9. At this point, cover the dough and let it proof again for 35 to 40 minutes.
  10. Once it’s done, pour some olive oil on top and use your fingers to create dimples in the dough.
  11. Your dough is now ready to be turned into focaccia bread art!

Focaccia Bread Art #1 – Spring Tulips and Butterflies

Ingredients

  • Red onions (sliced)
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • Carrots (sliced into butterfly shapes)
  • Greenery and herbs
  • Seeds

Making the Art

  1. To make this focaccia art recipe, start with the green herbs. We’re using chives/green onions to create the stems of our tulips. You can also use parsley or other edible leaves too.
  2. Now, take the red onion slices to make your first tulip. The biggest slices should be added first as the focal point of the bread.
  3. Add more red onion tulips where you see fit.
  4. Now add the carrot butterflies and the cherry tomatoes.
  5. The seeds can be sprinkled at the bottom to look like rocks or stones.
  6. Bake in a 428°F (220°C) oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Focaccia Bread Art #2 – Summer Sunflowers and Poppies

Ingredients:

  • Yellow bell pepper (sliced into sticks)
  • Carrots (chopped)
  • Black olives (chopped)
  • Cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • Greenery and herbs

Making the Art

  1. We are going to start by creating the main sunflower. Take slices of the yellow bell pepper and fan them out to create petals.
  2. Add the chopped carrot and olive to the inside of the sunflower.
  3. Use the greenery to create the sunflower stem and leaves.
  4. Add smaller sunflowers in other places on the dough.
  5. Place the sliced tomatoes around the stems to look like poppies.
  6. Garnish with more greenery (rosemary, parsley) to fill in the empty spaces.
  7. Bake in a 428°F (220°C) oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Focaccia Bread Art #3 – Autumn Mushroom Hills

Focaccia Bread Art Design

Ingredients:

  • Mushrooms (sliced)
  • Bell pepper (sliced into sticks)
  • Carrots (chopped)
  • Cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • Greenery and herbs
  • Seeds

Making the Art

  1. For this focaccia bread art, you’ll want to think in layers. For the first layer, add the bell pepper sticks to make the outline of the hills.
  2. Then add greenery (sage) to make cypress trees.
  3. Add the seeds, tomatoes, and carrots to fill in the center of the hills.
  4. Finally, layer the sliced mushrooms over the different veggies for depth.
  5. Bake in a 428°F (220°C) oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Focaccia Bread Art #4 – Winter Christmas Tree

Ingredients:

  • Green and yellow bell peppers (sliced into sticks)
  • Cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • Carrots (chopped)
  • Greenery and herbs
  • Seeds
  • Any other veggies you have lying around for presents!

Making the Art

  1. We will first make the Christmas tree using green bell pepper sticks. Layer the sticks in rows to resemble the pine tree branches.
  2. Use the thicker slices as the trunk of the tree.
  3. Place your veggie “presents” underneath the tree.
  4. Cover the area around the presents with seeds.
  5. Add the tomatoes to the ends of the branches to look like ornaments.
  6. Add yellow bell paper or carrots for the top star!
  7. Bake in a 428°F (220°C) oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Ready to Make Some More Bread?

Focaccia bread art is a treat for the eyes and taste buds! Looking for more tasty bread recipes? Then try making healthy pumpkin bread or gluten-free rice bread. We also have an easy recipe for milk bread too. It’s soft and fluffy and makes a great side dish for dinner. Happy baking!