Fitascetta Onion Covered Bread Ring

This is another uncomplicated, but delicious bread. And how can this not be good with almost two pounds of onions slowly sautéed in butter as a topping?!

I usually put the dough after its first rise in the fridge overnight. I do believe the flavor gets better with longer fermentation. And besides, it’s nice to have the dough made in advance and only shape the bread the day you need it.

Makes one about 10 to 11-inch round focaccia

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water (105 to 115F)
  • ¾ tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups (340gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ lbs (about 3 large) red onions, sliced very thinly
  • Salt, freshly ground pepper, and a bit of sugar for seasoning
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil for brushing the crust
  • ½ cup shredded taleggio, stracchino, or fresh mozarella cheese

Preparation:

The dough can be prepared in advance and kept refrigerated for a couple of days.

In the mixer bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Cover the bowl; place it into a warm place for 10 minutes, until the yeast mixture is foamy. Stir in the olive oil. Whisk together the flour and salt and then gradually add to the yeast mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until combined.

Attach the bowl to a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and knead at medium speed for 3 minutes. The dough should clear the sides of the bowl, be soft, velvety, and slightly sticky. Transfer the dough into a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place into a warm place to rise, for about 2 hours or until doubled. After this, you can punch the dough down and keep it covered in the refrigerator for 2 days. Bring to room temperature before forming.

Sauté the onions in butter over low heat until they are soft and translucent, about 40 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, sugar. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Cool.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape it into a long log. Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and join the two ends to make a ring about 8 to 9 inches in diameter, keeping the hole in the center as open as possible. Pinch the ends together firmly. Cover with oil-sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.

At least 30 minutes before you are ready to bake, set the baking stone (if you have one) in the oven and preheat the oven to 400F. When the dough is fully risen, gently pile the onions on top of the ring, and slide the parchment off the baking sheet and onto the baking stone (if not using the stone, just place the baking sheet in the oven). Bake for 20 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 375F, brush the exposed surface with some more olive oil, and bake for another 15 minutes or so, until golden and slightly crispy. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately slide off the parchment to cool until warm on a rack. The bread is the best the day it’s made.

Adapted from Carol Field

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16 Responses to “Fitascetta Onion Covered Bread Ring”

  1. This onion ring looks mouthwatering!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. your fitascetta look like delicious !!

    have a nice day

    virginie

  3. Wonderful. Looks tender and full of flavour. I have to try this!

    Cheers,
    Nikk

  4. Wow, this looks wonderful!!

  5. Looks absolute gorgeous and yum

  6. OH! I like this bread a lot! This looks pretty darn good!

  7. Woah! That’ a lot of onion for just 340g of flour. <3

  8. Such a beautiful looking bread. I am sure it would be scrumptious too!

    I might just try it at home, since you have made it look so easy.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love caramelized onions…

  10. This is such a wonderful idea of a shape of focaccia!

  11. This looks great! It’s going on my wish list of things to do next week.

    I have on question on this recipe: Your instructions say “In the mixer bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Cover the bowl; place it into a warm place for 10 minutes, until the yeast mixture is foamy. Stir in the olive oil.” – but I don’t see the quantity of olive oil indicated in the recipe. How much should be added?

    Thank you!

  12. Thank you all very much for the kind words!

    Shaheen, all these onions greatly shrink during slow cooking.

    Natalie, thank you! And thanks for pointing out to my mistake. There’s 1/4 cup of olive oil; I’ve just added it to the recipe.

  13. I can never resist slow cooked onions!

  14. What a perfectly beautiful bread. Love the onions!

  15. This bread looks absolutely delicious and I love the onion topping very much.

  16. It looks as if it tasted and smelled like heaven!
    I love onions!

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