Focaccia
TypeFlatbread
Place of originItaly
Main ingredientsHigh-gluten flour, oil, water, salt, yeast

Focaccia (Italian pronunciation: [foˈkatt͡ʃa]; English pronunciation: /fəˈkat͡ʃə/, /fʌ-/, /foʊ̯-/; Ligurian: fugassa [fyˈɡasa]) is a flat leavened oven-baked Italian bread,[1] similar in style and texture to pizza; in some places, it is called "pizza bianca" (“white pizza”).[2][3][4] Focaccia can be served as a side dish or as sandwich bread.

Etymology

In Ancient Rome, panis focacius[1] was a flat bread baked on the hearth.[5] The word is derived from the Latin focus 'hearth, place for baking'.[6] The basic recipe is thought by some to have originated with the Etruscans, but today it is widely associated with Ligurian cuisine.[citation needed]

Outside Liguria, the word usually refers to the Genoese variants.[7] In Genoese, it is called fügassa. In Barese, it is called fecàzze.

The first attestation of the word focaccia appears in 1300.[8]

Focaccia is sometimes considered to be a kind of pizza,[a] though focaccia is left to rise after being flattened, while pizza is baked immediately.[b]

Regional variants

Focaccia has countless variations along the Ligurian coast, from the biscuit-hard focaccia secca to the corn-flour, oily, soft Voltri version,[11][12] some bearing little resemblance to the Genovese version.[citation needed]

An extreme example is focaccia col formaggio 'focaccia with cheese', also called focaccia di Recco or focaccia tipo Recco, which is made in Recco, near Genoa. This version has stracchino cheese sandwiched between two layers of paper-thin dough.[13]

Other versions have a surface covered with sauce or ham.

Focaccia genovese

Focaccia genovese, marked by its finger-sized holes on its surface (ombrisalli in Genoese dialect)[14] is brushed or sprinkled with olive oil, coarse salt, and sometimes water before the final rise.[14][15]

In Genoa, focaccia is eaten in the morning at breakfast or during the day. It is often dipped in milk or in cappuccino at breakfast and eaten warm and wet.[14]

Fügassa Genovese
Fügassa Genovese

Other variants

Focaccia col formaggio or focaccia di Recco, a typical variety of focaccia made in Recco
Focaccia col formaggio or focaccia di Recco, a typical variety of focaccia made in Recco

In Northwest Italy, a popular variant is focaccia dolce 'sweet focaccia', which is sprinkled lightly with sugar, and may include raisins or honey.[16] In Northeast Italy, focaccia veneta 'Venetian focaccia' is typical for Easter; it is based on eggs, sugar and butter and it is similar to panettone and pandoro.[citation needed]

In the South Tyrol and the Austrian village of Krimml, Osterfochaz (in Krimml Fochiz) is a traditional Easter gift from godparents to their godchildren. It is made slightly thinner in the centre so that dyed eggs can be placed there.[17]

Focaccia al rosmarino

Focaccia al rosmarino 'focaccia with rosemary' is topped with rosemary.[9][18][19][20] It may be served as an antipasto, table bread, or snack.[21][22][23][24] Whole or sliced fresh rosemary leaves may be used,[18] as can dried rosemary.[25] It may be garnished with sprigs of fresh rosemary after baking[19] and sprinkled with salt.[25] Potato rosemary focaccia is often called "potato pizza" in New York City.[26]

Although rosemary is the most common herb used to flavor focaccia,[27] sage (focaccia alla salvia) is also used.[19]

Focaccia al rosmarino may have a moist texture, and the exact recipe varies.[28] It may be savory or sweet.[28] It is typically baked, although it is sometimes fried.[28] Garlic[18] or basil may be added.[29] It is sometimes served accompanied with slices of prosciutto crudo.[30][31] It may be used in the preparation of sandwiches.[20][32]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Focaccia with Rosemary; Yield: 1 (12-inch [30cm]) pizza"[9]
  2. ^ "What is the main difference between pizza and focaccia? The flattening of the dough, how long you take to roll out the dough, as well as the cooking time. Focaccia sits and rises before being baked. It is only put in the oven when the dough finishes rising. Pizza is placed in the oven immediately." – Gabriele Bonci[10]

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  3. ^ Fraioli, J.O. (2009). Pizza & Wine: Authentic Italian Recipes and Wine Pairings. Gibbs Smith, Publisher. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-4236-1250-6.
  4. ^ Simonis, D. (2010). Italy. Country Guide Series. Lonely Planet. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-74220-352-2.
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  6. ^ Oxford Latin Dictionary (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1982, 1985 reprinting, p. 718.
  7. ^ Liguria!, That's. "Focaccia genovese, the taste of Liguria! | That's Liguria!". Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  8. ^ Toso, Fiorenzo (2015). Piccolo Dizionario Etimologico Ligure - L'origine, la storia e il significato di quattrocento parole a Genova e in Liguria. Zona. ISBN 9788864385778.
  9. ^ a b Whitson, C.; Gjesteland, T.; Widen, M.; Hansen, K. (2015). Passion for Pizza: A Journey Through Thick and Thin to Find the Pizza Elite. Agate Publishing, Incorporated. p. pt419. ISBN 978-1-57284-746-0.
  10. ^ Whitson, C.; Gjesteland, T.; Widen, M.; Hansen, K. (2015). Passion for Pizza: A Journey Through Thick and Thin to Find the Pizza Elite. Agate Publishing, Incorporated. p. pt73. ISBN 978-1-57284-746-0.
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  24. ^ Marcangelo, J.; Birch, C. (1984). Italian Vegetarian Cooking. Inner Traditions/Bear. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-89281-343-8.
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  27. ^ Sauvage, J. (2015). Gluten-Free Wish List: Sweet and Savory Treats You've Missed the Most. Chronicle Books LLC. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-4521-4389-7.
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