Thursday, 20 October 2011

Rosemary & Earl Grey Focaccia

Rosemary & Earl Grey Focaccia

Earlier this year, I added some linden blossom tea to a Blackberry & Apple Jelly that I made and I was pleased with the result. Since then, I've been meaning to experiment with adding tea flavours into other things and I finally got round to it today!

I decided to try Earl Grey tea because of its strong aroma & added some dried rosemary because they seemed to go together well - and also because I love rosemary.  I thought it worked.  It didn't especially taste of the Earl Grey tea but it tasted different because of it.  And it was good with some cooked ham and a bit of butter, as shown above.  (The bread is very soft so butter is really not necessary, however it was very good!)

450 g strong white bread flour
2 teaspoons fast action dried yeast
1.1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
1.1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 large cup of black Earl Grey tea (I used one tea bag).  You will need 225 ml of lukewarm tea.
4 tablespoons olive oil

A little additional olive oil, Maldon Sea Salt & dried rosemary to dress the top of the bread

First of all, add a couple of ice cubes to the tea to bring the temperature down to luke warm.  Make sure they are fully melted before using the tea!

Add the ingredients to your breadmaker in the usual order specified by your breadmaker and set to the dough or pizza programme.  When the programme has finished, remove the dough and stretch it out to approximately the size of your oiled baking sheet.  Place the dough into the baking sheet and roll it out gently into the corners - you don't have to be too precise.

Cover and leave in a warm place to rise for about 30 minutes.  In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to about Gas Mark 6.

Rosemary & Earl Grey Focaccia

After 30 minutes, lightly score the bread into 12 squares with a sharp knife and then make the indentations with your (obviously clean!) finger.  Drizzle some olive oil into the indentations and then sprinkle with some Maldon Sea Salt & dried rosemary.  You should probably use a little less salt than shown in the photos!

Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked.  Cool on a wire rack and then try not to eat all of it at once!

Rosemary & Earl Grey Focaccia

Approximate Nutritional Values per Square
CaloriesFatSat FatProteinCarbsSugar
172 Kj5.10.75.426.51.2


  1. Wow, fabulous flavours, never thought of using tea in this way. Presumably if you have no bread maker you can just do it by hand?

  2. Thank you!

    Yes, should also be fine by hand, although I haven't made it this way. Use the same quantities but make up by first mixing together the dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients and knead until the dough is elastic. Leave to rise until doubled in size. Then stretch and fit into the baking sheet. Follow the other instructions as above. If you try it one day, let me know what you think!

    One day soon, I must try a recipe with your fabulous beer.


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