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  • 2 hours
  • 20 minutes
  • Makes 2 loaves

This dough takes time but it is well worth the effort.


  • 1¼ teaspoons active dry yeast or 4 teaspoons Surebake yeast mix
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups high grade flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 100 grams grapes, green or black
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped roughly
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped roughly
  • ¼ cup virgin olive oil


  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir in the first measure of olive oil with a pinch of sugar. Leave in a warm place for 10 minutes or until the mixture is frothy.
  2. Put the flour, salt and sugar into a food processor and pulse to sift.
  3. Turn the food processor on. Pour the frothy yeast liquid slowly down the feed tube and process the soft dough for 1 minute. Add more liquid if necessary. The dough should run around the bowl in one ball and not stick to the sides of the bowl.
  4. Bring the dough together on a floured surface. Place into a large greased bowl, turn over and cover with greased plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until double in bulk.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lighly floured surface. Divide in half and roll each half out to a 20-23cm round or square and place on a greased baking tray or, if wished, into greased cake tins. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside for 20 minutes.
  6. Press the tips of your fingers into the dough to make the traditional focaccia dents. Press the grapes into these dents and scatter the walnuts, rosemary and the second measure of oil evenly over each focassia. Rest a further 10 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Serve warm drizzled with extra olive oil and sprinkled with flaky salt and fresh rosemary.

To make by hand

  1. Sponge the yeast as outlined in step 1. Sift the flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Gradually mix in the frothy yeast mixture and when all te flour is almost absorbed, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth. Continue as above.

Cooks Tips

Variations: - Use half wholemeal and half plain flour.

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