Stuffed Focaccia

Stuffed Focaccia, two pizza bases sandwiched witha mixture of  basil and a combination of cottage cheese (paneer) and cubes of mozzarella. Sea salt sprinkled on top of the focaccia gives it a delicious crust.

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This Italian flat bread has got its name from the latin word focus, which means "hearth". Italian style ingredients such as roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, fragrant fresh or firm ripe tomatoes will complement this bread dough to perfection.

I have used a combination of cottage cheese (paneer) and cubes of mozzarella that melts just perfectly inside the focaccia. Focaccia is very similar to a pizza base but this recipe uses two pizza bases sandwiched with a cheese and basil mixture.

Sea salt sprinkled on top of the focaccia gives it a delicious crust. Bake this bread just before dinner and enjoy it with a bowl of hot soup .

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Stuffed Focaccia recipe - How to make Stuffed Focaccia

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     5Makes 4 to 6 servings


1 recipe basic pizza base
3/4 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese cubes
1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
2 tsp dry red chilli flakes (paprika)
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
1/2 tsp sea salt (khada namak)
butter for greasing and brushing
    Main procedure
  1. Prepare the pizza dough as mentioned in the recipe. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
  2. Roll out each portion into a circle of 200 mm. (8") diameter and 8 mm. (1/3") thickness.
  3. Place one dough circle on a 200 mm. (8") greased pie dish.
  4. Top with the cottage cheese, cheese, basil leaves, chilli flakes and salt.
  5. Top with the second dough circle and seal the ends tightly, using a little water.
  6. Brush the top of the focaccia with a little water and sprinkle the sea salt over. Prick the focaccia with a fork at regular intervals.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220°c (430°f) for 15 to 20 minutes or until the base is evenly browned.
  8. Brush the hot focaccia with butter.
  9. Serve warm, cut into wedges.

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Stuffed Focaccia
 on 06 Dec 13 03:31 PM

Paneer and cheese make a tasty filling for this focaccia flavoured with basil.