Focaccia with Caramelized Onions, Pear and Blue Cheese

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 2h 30m

Makes one 9-by-13-inch focaccia

In a class at Point Reyes's new culinary center, students learn to top focaccia with pears and blue cheese.

ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 large Bosc pear, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

directions

In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast and honey and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the flour and 1/4 cup of the oil; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour and the salt and knead until smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic and let stand for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the onion, cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the sugar, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450°. Oil a 9 x 13-inch rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the dough to the sheet and press it down to fit. Dimple the dough all over with your fingers and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Let the dough rise until puffed, about 20 minutes.

Scatter the onions over the dough. Arrange the pear over the onions and sprinkle with the blue cheese. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over the focaccia and bake for 20 minutes, until golden. Transfer to a rack to cool. Serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 10460

Recommended Items for You

Follow Cooking.com

Sign Up for Cooking.com Email

Get an instant coupon for 10% off your next order plus the latest recipes, exculsive offers, and more straight to your inbox.