Mom's Focaccia Cheese Stuffed Bread

Monday, January 8, 2018
Focaccia is a delicious herb infused bread, usually with dimples on the top, olive oil and lots of spices. I made this stuffed with Italian cheeses. It's baked to perfections and the aroma is fabulous!

This is delicious pizza dough stuffed with cheese and fresh herbs

This is delicious pizza dough stuffed with cheese and fresh herbs

Homemade breads

Today's post is a tribute to my mom's birthday January 8th 1919 she passed in June 1999. Until we meet again, she lives on in the kitchen.

Growing up in an all Italian household, mom regularly made focaccia bread from a Southern Italy, style, she was from Bari.

Every Region makes it a little different. I believe it was started in Northern Italy.

Well no matter which way you make focaccia, it's a treat. The whole family will enjoy it and you can add whatever you like on it to please them. The combinations are really endless.

If you do look up the original style from Italy, the recipe is plain and simple. It really use to be a traditionally served on Christmas Eve for centuries.

I see it as a flat bread kind of pizza. There again are so many versions depending on the Region of Italy it was made.

January 8th was mom's birthday and I decided this was going to be made in her memory today. I did however do this completely different!

I stuffed it with cheeses and baked it like a roll. The bread is the same with an Italian stuffed cheesy filling. It's wonderful, light and the perfect focaccia bread.

She lives on in all her recipes. Happy Birthday Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo! Always in my heart.

Missing Mom

Through the years of mom's passing, I find it heart warming and yet still difficult without her by my side showing me her way to prepare foods. I love to keep her memory alive by making her foods.

That's why I made the cookbook in her memory. Nothing could replace those days, I miss her every day that goes by. We were very close as mother and daughter could be.

She had me very late in life at age 40.  She passed away at 80 years old. I will always wish she could have lived to be 100.

I don't think anyone is ready to lose their parents. The ache never goes away. You just learn to cope with it.

Bread dough stuffed with cheese

Stuffed Bread dough with cheese Italian food that's like pizza

Making Focaccia

If you would like to make regular focaccia, just stretch the dough out and use the toppings plus bits of tomato and minced onion with your herbs.

Let the dough rise till double in size. This dough is versatile. You can use it for all your pizza needs, it's easy and basic.

If you would like to add tomato inside, it tends to stay wet and gets soggy. The toppings are an enhancement of a thicker bread unlike pizza which is thinner.

I decided to stuff the focaccia dough and much to my surprise we all loved it. Either way it's a winner.

The focaccia my mother made was thicker than pizza, dimpled, drizzled with olive oil, and topped simply with a bits of tomato, onions, and herbs.

It's was delicious. She never made it stuffed. I decided to make her dough and changed it up a bit.

There are so many toppings through the years people have added.

Sliced olives, onions, peppers, anchovies. You can come up with many ideas for focaccia.

Pizza dough with cheese bread over the top delicious stuffed

Mom's Focaccia Cheese Stuffed Bread

  Mom's Focaccia Cheese Stuffed


Dough Ingredients
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cups warm water
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
    1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese
    1/2 cup whole milk Ricotta cheese
    1 cup whole milk shredded mozzarella or fontina
    1/2 cup fresh chopped basil save 1 teaspoon some for garnish
    salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
    2 teaspoons fresh rosemary more for garnish on top just around 1 teaspoon extra minced
    4 tablespoons grated Romano and Parmesan blended more for garnish
    2 tablespoons olive oil and more for the top

    grated  cheese mix Romano and Parmesan blended
    saved basil and rosemary
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Mix together and set aside


      Blend all the dough ingredients until this forms a soft dough using either an electric mixer, bread dough machine or by hand. Let rest and rise for 1 and 1/2 hours. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
      Roll out the dough. spread with filling. Roll up like a jelly roll, seam side down.  Brush with more olive oil, sprinkle generously with grated cheese. Sprinkle top with chopped fresh rosemary, basil and freshly cracked black pepper and dried oregano.  Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown at 425 degree preheated oven.


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        1. wow that looks so good with that crunchy crust!

        2. This cheesy bread looks wonderful!!!

        3. Stuffing the focaccia with cheese sounds like a great idea.

        4. I made this yesterday and it didn't even get the chance to cool off! We are definitely a homemade bread family and my grandchildren loved it. My mom was always in the kitchen and her food was legendary. Both of my parents died a few years ago and I still miss them so much. I really was unprepared for the fact that the grieving never stops. I can feel her with me when I am in the kitchen making her recipes. Thanks for this wonderful focaccia.

          1. thank you for this kind comment It brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could say it gets easier over time but I miss mine every minute of every day. I love to share memories of her foods. You touched my heart. thankyou for feeling the same


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