Tomato Rosemary Focaccia ~ ElephantEats.com

Nate and I headed down to his mom’s last weekend, as we usually do when we have 3 days off. I decided to undertake a bunch of recipes that take longer than I typically have. I thought it was a perfect time to get into some yeasty things.

I had marked down a couple recipes, one for a cinnamon braid bread that I decided to make for breakfast, and the other was a Tomato Rosemary Focaccia Nate found in the NY Times. Nate loves focaccia so I’ve been wanting to make it for him. This particular recipe was “healthy” because it had mostly whole wheat flour.

Tomato Rosemary Focaccia ~ ElephantEats.com

While I waited for the dough to rise, I headed outside to pet the neighbor’s cat. He really seemed to like me, and after about 5-10 min of petting, I decided to come back inside. It was a little chilly and I was in my p.j.’s Well, the cat decided he wasn’t done being pet, so he followed me. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get him to leave me alone, and I didn’t want him to get near my mother-in-law’s house because she has two dogs inside that don’t like cats.

I finally was able to trick him and quickly ran in the front door and shut it. It seemed like the coast was clear until I saw him poke his head in the window. He was looking for me!

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He stayed on the front porch for about 15 min, meowing and pawing at the window. When I didn’t come back out, he then went to the back door and meowed there too for another 15 min. I felt so bad!

Finally, after about 30 min of this, I went outside and walked him back to the neighbor’s house. They were about to leave and were in the driveway, so they took him and put him inside. Phew. And I thought my cat was needy! Nate threatened to tell L.C. when we got home that I “had an affair with a floozy.”

But back to the food. Nate loves whole wheat breads, but I’m not as much of a fan. I find them a little on the dry side, and this focaccia was no exception. That’s not to say it wasn’t good, but you could definitely tell it was made with whole wheat flour. If I’m going to splurge on bread/pasta, I want it to be white flour all the way!

It sure was pretty, though.

Tomato Rosemary Focaccia ~ ElephantEats.com

We had ourselves a nice outdoor dinner. There are few months of the year when I’m willing to eat outside. Usually it’s too cold, or mosquitoes are everywhere (mosquitoes happen to LOVE me).

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Anyway, we had a perfect, sunny evening with a nice breeze.

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Nate’s mom grilled up some chicken sausage and veggies and we served the focaccia alongside it.

Tomato Rosemary Focaccia ~ ElephantEats.com

I made a chocolate pine nut tart for dessert that was as amazing as it sounds, but the recipe needs a little tweaking before I can share it. I followed the directions but ended up having to split it into two pans because there was too much crust and filling.

We had an awesome Memorial Day. I can’t believe the 4th of July is only a month away! Where has this year gone?

For the focaccia recipe, you can get it from the NY Times site here.

34 Comments

  1. I totally hear you on the whole wheat thing. Last summer I decided to make pizza once a week, and I figured that if we were going to have it that often I should at least make it with a whole wheat crust to make it a little healthier. It definitely wasn’t bad, but my husband especially wasn’t a fan. I switched to using white whole wheat flour, and he liked it a lot better.

    Looks like you had a great Memorial Day. And it’s so crazy to think that it’s almost July 4th. Wasn’t it JUST New Years???

  2. THAT is one purty focaccia.

    And that poor kitty! He just needed some Amy lovin’!

  3. I used to hate whole wheat things, Amy, but I’ve been converted : ) Pasta seems to be one thing that’s come a long way; I wouldn’t use WW pasta if I’m making clam sauce but it works elsewhere. And white WW and WW pastry flour are much milder. Anyway, your focaccia looks really good! I like how it’s not laden with oil like many are. Baking with yeast is on my list but I just can’t decide what to attempt first (good excuse…).

    Chocolate pine nut tart? I can’t wait to see that!

    • I think I might like whole wheat pasta, but only when I want whole wheat pasta, not when I’m craving good old white pasta. You know what I mean? I’ll have to find that white WW flour. You’re the second person to mention it. Thanks, Monica :)

  4. Heehee, love the cat story! (floozy :)). Your foccacia does look very pretty Amy – I like to drizzle a little olive oil on at service time – cures the dryness good ;-).

  5. That recipe seems… off to me. I don’t think the flour was the problem. I think there should have been more oil in there. And olive oil brushed all over the surface before baking. Foccacia is all about the olive oil! Trust me, I made A LOT of it at school this year, and we used a LOT of whole wheat flour in our products. Sometimes the recipe lets yah down, or just works better for someone else.

    Also, that photo of the kitty? Best ever.

    • Well, I certainly trust you since you’re a professional baker, so that makes me feel better. I doubt I’ll make this particular recipe again, but will be sure that the next time I make focaccia I add a lot of oil! Thanks, Movita!

  6. I agree with Faygie on the white whole wheat flour: it’s a nice way to incorporate the whole wheat, but with a less heavy texture. I love it using it. You can combine regular whole wheat flour and white whole wheat together in recipes, too…very versatile. Also (and i only know this from making focaccia literally 24 hours ago) that movita is right about how it’s all about the olive oil. like it’s focaccia’s EVERYTHING. All of that notwithstanding, your focaccia looks absolutely beautiful, and i’m waiting in anticipation for that pine nut chocolate dessert. :)

  7. I’m the same way about eating outside – i HATE HATE HATE it! there’s sunshine and bugs and… usually a parking lot of some sort. So overrated.

    GASP! I can’t believe you cheated on your kitty!!! I would’ve definitely caved if there was a kitty sitting outside my door screaming for 15 minutes, I’M SO PROUD OF YOUR RESOLVE!

    • Glad to hear I’m not the only one, because Nate thinks I’m ridiculous. I HATE BUGS! And yea, you gotta make sure you’re not too much in the sun that you get burnt or have it in your eyes. I mean seriously, what’s fun about that.

  8. This looks so good. I’m known to eat whole focaccias in one sitting… though nobody could blame me if it were this one!

  9. I like to mix my flours, and add more olive oil to breads so they are fluffy and not so dry. I use a 70% whole wheat to 30% white flour. Your focaccia still looks delicious and I would of been happy to eat it up with some butter and sausages.

  10. What a beautiful setting for a long weekend. The weather looks gorgeous. I love the image of the pussy cat at the door! xx

  11. I really don’t make focaccia enough even though I love it! The tomato and roseamry soundl ike the perfect toppings.

    How cute about the cat!

    • I don’t make it enough either! Partly because I don’t have the time to wait for that darn yeast. Why does bread taste so good!

  12. Your focaccia is picture perfect…love that it uses whole wheat flour. And LOL about your floozy :)

  13. I love whole wheat, but it has to be a good recipe. Sorry this one didn’t work so great. It was beautiful, though! :) I love the story about the cat. Cats are often good judges of character. :)

    • Totally. I haven’t found a good whole wheat recipe yet, but I’m being told to try White Whole Wheat flour because it’s not as dry. I’ll have to give that a try. Hehehehe, that cat knew what was up ;)

  14. I’ve never made foccacia before – this is making me wish I had a slice to dip into some olive oil!

  15. The foccacia looks amazing! I would love a bite right now. And how funny is your neighbour’s cat?!

  16. Ah, sorry I’m late to comment, but this focaccia sounds delicious! Glad you guys had a great Memorial Day…I can’t believe 4th of July is right around the corner either! The neighbor’s cat is adorable. What a persistent little guy, going to the back door as well!

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