Cherry Rosemary Sea Salt Foccacia

in Appetizers

A few months ago, like right before the holidays I spoke about my horrific, scaring experience moving. It involved a duffel bag of my favorite shoes all stolen in a few split seconds from the back of my moving truck. Just devastating, really.

I didn’t move a couple of months ago because I had a small window of time to do so, didn’t find a place, blah blah, but now I’m back on the hunt. A serious one.

I’m currently animal-less. I own no animal. No cat to bury himself/herself in my hair at night. No dog to paint his paw-nails–it’s a lonely life!! I’m looking to change this. That means the search is narrowed because LA landlords hate animals. Sooo…you know, it might take a minute to find the right place.

In the mean time, I’ve been simulanteously online shopping for a dog. The only real criteria for a dog is that I want a puppy, ideally. And I want it to be ugly. Like really ugly.

(This post is in collaboration with Bravo for their show, Around the World in 80 Plates. This week they’re in Florence, Italy. Check it out on Wednesday at 10pm/9pmc on Bravo!!)

I really love the whole “super ugly that it’s cute” look when it comes to dogs. And people (sometimes). I find it charming.

Like, check out Nadia. I mean…let’s be honest, Nadia ain’t no beauty queen, you feel me.

One ear is bigger than the other, she’s a random chihuahua (typical!) and her dark circles are worse THAN MINE!

But man, does that girl make me wanna drive to wherever and rescue her and take her home and cuddle. The whole “pathetic/sad/unattractive” look gets me. Everytime!

So, yes, on the flip side I’m a little scared. I’ve never adopted a dog. I dunno if it’s the way to go. Everything tells me buying some fancy bread for $600 is NOT the way to go. But I dunno. My parents have a rescue dog and he’s like the love of my life so I guess I’ll do this.

Dog adopting tips welcome!

In other news, this foccacia bread is delicious. Think of it like summer bread.

It’s a take on a Tuscan (Italian) classic, Schiacciata con l’uva; translation: Sweet Grape Bread.This is a half sweet/savory take on it.

The olive oil, sea salt, rosemary are so great with the sweet, tart cherries that are in season right now.

I’m never a fan of tools that have one use and only one use, but this cherry pitter was a well worth summer investment. It means cherry pies will be in my future, for sure. It guarantees it.

I did a little research on cherry pitters before I bit the bullet and coughed up $12. I like this one the best. This cherry pitter actually has a plastic shield, which prevents juice from splattering all over your cute clothes. Smart!

This bread has two rises. The first one is in a bowl. And the second is flattened out onto a baking sheet.

This recipe takes a little bit of time, but it’s mostly all downtime. The active time is maybe 30 minutes, which I love.

Olive oil and rosemary are mixed together and poured all over the dough. Cherries are nestled into dimples on the dough’s surface. Lastly, sea salt is sprinkled all over.

Eat it warm. Eat it cold. It doesn’t matter. I love it both ways. I like this bread as an appetizer, along side a cold salad.

The texture is crunchy, chewy with a slightly soft interior. It’s not too dough, which I really love.

You should make this! While you’re doing that, I’m gonna be looking at all these dogs that live near me that want to come home with me. BRB!

Cherry Rosemary Sea Salt Foccacia

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1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for kneading
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup plus, 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 pound of cherries, clean and pitted
1 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1. Stir together 1 2/3 cups lukewarm (105 to 115°F) water and yeast in bowl of mixer and let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes. Add flour, 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt; mix with a wooden spoon until dough forms. Knead for about 1 minute in the bowl.

2. Turn dough out onto a liberally floured surface and knead for 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn dough to coat with oil. Let rise, covered with plastic wrap, at room temperature, until it doubles in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

3. Generously oil a quart baking sheet. Press dough into a 15×10-inch rectangle. Let dough rise, covered completely with a kitchen towel, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

4. Preheat oven to 500°F. Stir together rosemary and remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Make shallow indentations all over dough with your fingertips, then brush with rosemary oil, letting it pool in indentations. Gently push cherries into the indentations. Sprinkle sea salt evenly over focaccia and bake in middle of oven for 10 minutes. Turn oven down to 450F and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.

5. Immediately invert a rack over pan and flip focaccia onto rack, then turn right side up. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Gourmet

{ 69 comments… read them below or add one }

Margherita June 4, 2012 at 2:42 am

Focaccia is the best thing in the world.
Two years ago while I was traveling around Italy we stopped in Genova (a city on Italy’s North-West coast) where focaccia (and also pesto) were born/invented.
We randomly waled into a bakery near the railway station and bought 3 euros worth of focaccia: the best thing I ever tried in my life. It was so good I wept!
The baker told us that it’s impossible to replicate the real focaccia genovese anywhere else in the world because of the water quality, the air, the sea, the olive oil, etc. According to him the perfect focaccia dough happens only in Genova!
He was probably right because I tried focaccia in other parts of Italy but was not even close to that one.
However, I wonder if he would like your awesome cherry focaccia…and I bet he would!


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I believe him. It’s those little details that can’t be replicated else where that make the difference between great and life-changingly good.


Rachael June 4, 2012 at 3:47 am

First of all the focaccia looks awesome.
Second, I hold my cherry pitter so dear to my heart that I keep it in my bedside table…not really, but it beats the hell outta the paperclip method.
I have only made focaccia once before and it turned out like a saltine cracker, so I hope to have better luck here…which I am sure I will!

P.s. Adoption really is the way to go:)


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 4, 2012 at 4:18 am

This sounds super fabulous! Love this idea!


cindy June 4, 2012 at 6:50 am

That focaccia is the prettiest!

We have 2 pups, one is a rescue and she is so wonderful, loyal, and friendly. Good luck with your hunt and adoption :D!


Jessica June 4, 2012 at 6:56 am

looks yum.

but yeah, adoption is the way to go. puppy ARE super adorable, but they’re lots of work. adopting an adult can be a little easier and lets you ‘practice’ dog ownership without having to go through things like house training, and not being able to sleep more than 4 hours a night (trust me on that one)


Margarita June 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

I have only made focaccia once and enjoyed the process, especially the thumb pushing ti make the nodules. It was a savory one with onions and mushrooms… Never in a million years would I be able to come up with this delicious combo.


Lindsey June 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

Please adopt! Rescue dogs are wonderful and deserve a happy family. Plus mixes tend to be healthier (spreading the genes around a little) and they’re so grateful for you love. And if you want a puppy, he or she will be too young to have emotional scars from their previous life, which is something people tend to worry about with shelter pups.

*steps off soapbox.*


Leah June 4, 2012 at 7:19 am

This focaccia looks amazing! I might be trying it tonight!

Adoption is most definitely the way to go! I currently have two adopted dogs and they are the most affectionate, loving and sweet dogs I have ever met. My main tip to you is to be patient when you adopt. An adopted dog, generally speaking, isn’t going to bond with you right away but when they do… oh my! its like nothing else.

Good luck with the hunt!


Kelsey @aslolife June 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

This looks fabulous! I love making focaccia in the summer–my first experience with adding fruit was strawberries last summer, and now I think cherries just might have to be next!


Allie June 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

Oh my goodness – I’m living on a farm in Italy for the summer and just happened across an entire orchard of wild cherries yesterday! I was planning on looking for cherry recipes today, and this is exactly what I needed. Thanks so much.


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Wow. That’s so awesome. Your summer sounds like it’s going to be a special one.


Jenny June 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

The thought of you getting a dog makes me SOOOO anxious….and not the good kind! :)


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

WHY JENNY?! HMM? WHY? I’ve always been super nice to Dexty.


Jenny June 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

You KNOW why! :) Yes though, totally adopt…there’s no other way!…..AAANND Doggy Play Dates with Dexti! (along with my “Dexter’s so cute” voice)

ps….that foccacia looks kind of amazing….ugh, complimenting you…ugh 😀


Susan Sunde June 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

This bread looks fabulous! Very interesting combination of flavors, textures, etc.

Re pet adoption, I highly recommend it. We just adopted our fourth Beagle yesterday after months of combing Beagle adoption websites and looking a jillions of photos. All of our Beagles have adoptees and we’ve never regretted going that route. A good adoption group should work with you, do meet and greets to see if you and the dog are a good match and if the adoption does not work out for both for whatever reason, they will take the dog back. Piper, our new Beagle, has been spayed, treated for heartworms, microchipped, house and crate trained, and responds well to basic commands. There are so many animals out there who need loving forever homes. And the adoption fee is very, very reasonable. Good luck!


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Thanks, Susan!


Rett June 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

Adoption is totally the way to go. I have a cute Catahoula Leopard Dog from a shelter that someone dropped off in a shopping cart at Walmart on a cold night in January. She definitely fits the so ugly she’s cute criteria.


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

OMG! She’s lucky you were there.


erin @ yummy supper June 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

Hey you, good luck with the apartment and dog hunt. I’m with you on the so-ugly-it’s-cute thing. Plus doggies like that seem to be all the more grateful for love, how do they know?
And your cherry rosemary foccacia looks awesome. I am eating cherries by the bucketful these days and I never though to bake them into a savory salty dough. Yum!


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Yeah exactly! They’re more humble. Who wants a snobby dog? No one.


erin @ yummy supper June 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

And what’s the scoop with the Bravo show? So curious!


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Bravo reached out to a few bloggers, provided a small stipend and ingredients from Gilt Taste in exchange for cooking along their new show. So each week they send me where they’re going to be and I create a recipe from that city or country. Nothing too fancy. :)


Mary @ Bake Break June 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

This looks pretty darn awesome. I’m gonna need to invest in a cherry pitter… yours looks really handy!


Christin June 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

Omg. This looks incredibly delicious and easy too!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

This is beautiful! I love how easy and tasty foccacia is!


Ashley June 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

I love the spin with the cherries! And we bought our dog online 6 years ago – best decision ever!


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Online? You can buy anything online these days, eh? :)


Reformed Foodie June 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

Definitely get a rescue – don’t get me wrong, I’m often tempted by these new little designer dogs (like a Morkie -Maltese Yorkee – I die a little bit every time I see one), but the truth is, the little rugrats at the shelter are the best, most loving ones to adopt!

So exciting to be puppy shopping – Petfinder has an awesome iPhone app and provides thousands of hours of free procrastination:)


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

An iphone app? This is awesome. This means I could be in line getting coffee and shopping for a dog at the same time. Technology is so crazy.


Reformed Foodie June 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm



Michelle June 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

That looks insanely good and so pretty!


Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I love ugly dogs! I lived with a pug one summer in college and now I can’t get enough of all dogs with smushy ugly faces!!! And you should totally adopt- the only thing is, I think adopting tends to make it less likely that you’re going to find a puppy..

Cherries in focaccia is such a creative idea! I’m pretty much drowning in cherries right now cause they’re at all the farmers markets…


Michelle June 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Also – I have a rescue dog. We rescued her a year ago and she was about 2 to 3 years old. She was potty trained but not leash trained and knew no commands. I week into having her we discovered she has aggression towards other dogs DESPITE that the rescue group said she was friendly with other dogs. It took a lot of time and a good bit of money for a great trainer to help with this problem. She still doesn’t like other dogs, but she can at least tolerate them when we go for walks. But outside of that little hitch, she is perfect. The most loving, wonderful dog. I guess my point is, you never know what you are gonna get and there could be a lot of work involved. But if you want a puppy, you’ll probably be fine because you will get to socialize the dog! You’ll just have to train it but that would come with any puppy you buy or rescue. I love my rescue dog and am so beyond happy that I gave a needy dog a home. We found her on we were searching by bread. She was listed as purebred wheaten terrier. But she’s not. But I love a good mutt!

You can see pics of my baby here:


Adrianna June 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Awww she’s adorable! You did good!


Tia June 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I rescued our pomeranian from the SPCA here in Houston and I am SO happy we did. We’ve had her 4 years and we love her so much. Poor baby was a little over weight when we got her, but she is a slim 14 lbs now (which is till huge for a pomeranian!) haha. You will be so happy to save one of those little guys.
Foccacia and cherries are 2 of my favorite things, so the both together is perfection!

PS – I love Around the World in 80 Plates! I look forward to it every Wed! :)


Lindsey June 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

This looks delicious!

Definitely adopt. It’s so the way to go…oh and Bubbles is SO CUTE!!!


Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! June 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

And now I’m *instantly* hungry. I always like the idea of making my own bread, but I’m the type of lazy foodie who really can’t wait for two whole rises. I think you know where I’m headed with this…fed ex cherry foccacia for me? yes please!

As for dog adoption tips, well I would first say really consider all the work of getting a puppy. It’s akin to having an infant–they literally need to poop/pee/eat/be loved every two hours for the first several months. I lived with my sister when I got my puppy, and she worked from home, so it was a God send. And even though you’re adopting, you should do research on breeds based on what you’re looking for and how that will fit in with your lifestyle, such as: size, grooming requirements/temprements/trainability/and the rental market’s policies. For instance, you probably don’t want to get a hound or working/herding breed because they often require LOTS of space exercise to be healthy and happy, etc. Just really, do lots and lots of research to determine what you want, and then go find it :)


Rachel June 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hi Adrianna,

I might give you way too much info since my parents have three dogs and my sister works for the SPCA here in Vancouver. My mom has always gotten her dogs from breeders, which is one way to go but can be expensive, especially for certain breeds, and you have to make sure you are using a reputable breeder who actually knows what they’re doing (ie they are registered with the American Kennel Club). If you want to adopt (something I really want to do when I move to an animal-friendly apartment), the SPCA is a great place to do it from. Keep in mind that they can usually transport dogs from other shelters in your state – so if you look on the SPCA website for San Francisco or something and fall in love with a dog, they can probably transfer it to your local shelter. Also keep in mind whether or not this dog has been seized as part of a cruelty investigation – did it effect their temperament, do they have resulting health problems, etc. Also find out things like are they good with cats, with kids, are they shy around men (happens a lot), so you know what you can expect.

In terms of adopting a puppy, other commenters have pointed out they are a lot more work, you need to be home a lot more, train them, etc. Also, adult dogs (especially “Senior Dogs” – which are often like 7 or older, even though lots of breeds live to be 12-14) tend to be WAY less likely to be adopted, and a lot of them are already trained in basic commands and housetrained, which is important, especially if this is your first dog! The SPCA (at least here) is really great about making sure the dog you want to adopt is right for you in terms of size, your lifestyle, the amount of exercise you can give them, etc, and if you just visit the shelter and talk to someone there, they should be able to give some recommendations.

Hope that helps!


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen June 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

This foccacia is gorgeous! And what a cute dog! I’m a fan of the so-ugly-they’re-cute dogs as well. I had a pug growing up, and I think they invented that descriptor! You should look for Chinese Crested dogs too – they’re definitely straddling the line between ugly/cute.


Bev @ Bev Cooks June 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm



Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper June 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

What a FANTASTIC combination! I never would have thought to do this on my own!


emily June 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I probably wouldn’t pay $600 for fancy bread either.


Allison June 5, 2012 at 5:19 am

I love the seasonal cherries in this bread. There are such a beautiful deep red in your cherry pictures and they look juicy! I also love that you included that you used to paint your dog’s nails in your post. I must admit that I have done that too! Good luck with your pet search. I think shelter dogs are the way to go. Mixed breeds are usually healthier.


Jessica @ How Sweet June 5, 2012 at 5:26 am

I will find any and all ways to eat cherries. Freaking over this.


Amanda June 5, 2012 at 6:59 am

Nadia is ADORABLE (in an ugly way of course!) Rescue animals are the way to go, I’m telling you. I have two and they are my best friends…(perhaps I need to get a life??) Seriously though, why spend a gajillion dollars on a pure bred when there are so many sweetheart furry babies in need of a good home. Good luck to you and your search! As for this cherry foccacia business- sweet lord, have mercy. Keep the fabulous recipes coming- I love your blog!


Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen June 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

NEED THIS in my life. I made a concord grape, rosemary, and sea salt foccacia last Summer — completely divine. Although I’m like 97% sure cherries would be much better.


Jacqueline June 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

There are aspects of apartment living that can only be appreciated by people-watchers and observers. Sounds like that is you all right!


Brittany June 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

San Diego Pug Rescue is totally the way to go. My husband and I adopted our lovely little pug from them.

My sister fostered one that was suuuuper old when she got him, so he’s a “permanent foster”, meaning all his vet bills are paid for by the rescue. He was only expected to live a few weeks after she got him – that was 3 years ago and he’s still truckin’! Pugs are awesome. :) — They always have a bunch of pugs available. You gotta get some smooshy pug face in your life!!


Courtney June 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

Made this last night! Brought it to work today. Great recipe, just difficult to do on a work night.. 2.5 hours of rising! I didn’t get it into the oven until 10:30!!

Great dense buttery bread, and the cherries and rosemary are delicious on top. Perfect with my dark greens salad. Cheers.


Adrianna June 5, 2012 at 10:15 am

YES! So awesome. I agree that it’s definitely not something you want to start at 7pm. It’s more of a leisure-check-in-and-out kind of recipe. So glad you like it though!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes June 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

You should go see dogs for adoption and keep the one that chooses you, it´s the best feeling! I wish I had cherries in season to make this focaccia right now. I like that it´s not too tall and doughy. The plastic shield of your cherry pitter makes me want another one since there´s no escaping the red splattering.


Meaghan June 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

That’s so crazy that it was a fake Louis Vuitton bag that got stolen with all your prized shoes… In college, my best friend/roomate’s fake Louis was stolen out of the back of the moving van… what was inside? Very cheap bras and panties. Hope the thief was disappointed with that!


Let Me Eat Cake June 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

love foccacia! and i NEED this cherry pitter thanks for doing the research for me :) cherry ice cream is in my future


Lisa @ The Cooking Bride June 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm

This is just beautiful! I have yet to try making focaccia, but you are right. It is a summer bread.


Russell at Chasing Delicious June 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

What an incredible combination of flavors. The cherry and rosemary sounds fanatic.


Sharon June 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Flying back from a work trip in Africa last Dec., facing a very long layover and heading home to a partner-less, child-less, plant-less and christmas tree-less apt. in NYC, I adopted a dog online. There was wine involved, I confess. Lots of wine. Best decision of my life. Calliope Voodoo Freakeye has brought nothing but true joy. DO IT! Do it now.


Adrianna June 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

HAHAH! Best story/dog name EVER.


Kayla June 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

Such pretty bread! Looks so delicious. Just found your blog – so glad I did!!


Jan June 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

I’m with Sharon on this one. My boyfriend rescued a 10 year old Chihuahua three years ago. I did not like small dogs. That bears repeating – I DID NOT LIKE SMALL DOGS. However, my boyfriend is afraid of big dogs. So he recused one of the ugliest, fattest, snaggel-toothed dogs you could ever find. The second I sat on the couch he jumped in my lap and has been my dog ever since. Any rescued dog is loving. But an older, rescued dog is saving a life destined for sorrow. Everyone says he is the luckiest dog but I think it is the two of us who are lucky. In this entire world he loves us the most.
Oh, and your blog is beautiful! I think I’ll cooking tonight!


Lauren | Sweet Splendor June 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

This is one of the best foccacia recipes that I’ve ever come across. It has to be just so good! Major food envy happening right now!


Lisa Price June 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

This look amazing! I’m drooling.



Emily June 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Adopt a rescue greyhound! They’re outstanding apartment dogs and so easy to care for. Plus they’re sweet, loving, and mellow (and they’re definitely funny looking enough to meet your preferred unattractiveness quotient!). Rescue is the way to go either way, but do consider a greyhound if you haven’t already, they’re just fabulous dogs.


Alicia @ Treble Tart June 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I’m so glad you posted this! I’m on a crazy cherry binge lately… 😉 It might be considered unhealthy, except well… it’s cherries! They’re totally healthy, right?


Megan August 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

Hi! I’m lazy and impatient – is there any way to do this .. without making your own dough?


Sara October 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’m going to try this and make turkey sandwiches out of it….it looks delicious!


Adrianna October 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Cool! Go to town!


Jessica December 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

Hi! I was wondering if you’ve ever tried this recipe with slightly different toppings. I was thinking of using whole cranberries in place of the cherries since I have some on-hand, but didn’t know if I’d need to do anything different because of the supreme tartness of fresh cranberries.

This looks amazing, can’t wait to try!


Adrianna December 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Hmm…good question. I think adding a tablespoon or two of sugar to the dough might help offset the tartness. I think the cranberries will work really well with the rosemary and sea salt. Good luck! Let me know how it goes. SUPER CURIOUS.


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