Nonna Carmela is at home in Mola di Bari. To keep us company and so we can spend a few hours doing something fun (and productive), Nonna Carmela gave us her very own recipe for focaccia barese.

Nonna claims that the true chef’s scales are his hands; that’s why we tried to transform “our hands” into ‘measuring devices,’ so you can replicate her wonderful focaccia!
2 lb flour – 3 cups lukewarm water – 1 cube brewer’s yeast
1 tablespoon sugar – 2 (generous) tablespoons of salt
1 red onion – 15 cherry tomatoes – Oil – Salt and oregano to taste.
Dissolve yeast in a little bit of warm water with a tablespoon of sugar. Pour the rest of the flour and the yeast mixture into a large bowl.

Start kneading, slowly incorporating all the flour and adding the remaining water a little at a time. Finally, add the salt and knead the dough vigorously until soft. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 3 hours at room temperature.

Once the dough has risen, divide into two portions and roll it out into two baking pans that have been well-greased with extra-virgin olive oil.
In one baking pan, add cherry tomatoes, oil, oregano, and olives. In the second pan, add sliced onion and season with oil, salt, and pepper.

In the meantime, heat the oven to 480° F. Bake for about 20 minutes, making sure the base of the focaccia is well-cooked before removing from the oven.

We prefer our focaccia crunchy.
If you’re the same, leave it in the oven for a few more minutes.