Easy Instant Pot Focaccia Recipe: From Dough to Golden Crust

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Written By Haryana’s Restaurant

Authentic Indian Food – Classic Indian Cuisine in Terrace BC

Imagine sinking your teeth into a slice of warm, fluffy focaccia, its golden crust crackling with each bite, the aroma of rosemary filling the air. Now imagine making it in your Instant Pot! Yes, that’s right—your favorite kitchen gadget isn’t just for soups and stews. It can also help you create this beloved Italian bread in a fraction of the time it usually takes.

Ingredients

Gather all your ingredients to bring the delightful aroma of rosemary and the taste of golden-crusted focaccia to your kitchen using your Instant Pot.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water (about 110°F)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Ensure you measure these ingredients accurately and prepare as listed for the best results.

Equipment Needed

To make your Instant Pot focaccia, you’ll need a few key pieces of equipment that will help you achieve that delicious, golden crust with a fluffy inside. Here’s what you should gather before you begin:

  • Instant Pot: Essential for this recipe, an Instant Pot with a yogurt setting helps in proofing the dough.
  • Glass lid: Use a glass lid that fits the Instant Pot during the proofing process. If you don’t have a glass lid, a plate that covers the top securely will work as well.
  • Springform Pan or Cake Pan: A 7-inch pan fits well into most standard Instant Pots. Ensure it is either non-stick or you may line it with parchment paper for easy removal of the focaccia.
  • Small Bowl: Needed for mixing the olive oil, minced garlic, rosemary, and sea salt which will be used to flavor the topping.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons: For accurate measurement of ingredients like flour, water, olive oil, yeast, and sugar which is crucial for the perfect dough consistency.
  • Mixing Bowl: A large bowl is good for combining the dough ingredients before transferring to the Instant Pot.
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula: For mixing the dough until it’s well combined.
  • Kitchen Towel or Cloth: This will cover the dough during its first rise in a warm environment, helping it not to dry out.

Gather these items, and you’ll be all set to start making your focaccia bread in the Instant Pot, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable baking experience.

Preparation Steps

Let’s dive into the heart of making your Instant Pot focaccia, starting with proofing the yeast to ensure it’s active and then mixing the perfect dough.

Proofing the Yeast

  1. Warm 1 cup of water to about 110°F, which is the optimal temperature to activate yeast. Use a thermometer to check the temperature.
  2. Pour the warm water into a small bowl. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar and 2¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast (one packet) into the water. The sugar helps feed the yeast and encourages activation.
  3. Stir the mixture gently until the yeast and sugar are fully dissolved.
  4. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or cloth and set it aside in a warm, draft-free area. Allow the yeast to activate for about 5 to 10 minutes. You should see it becoming frothy and bubbly, indicating that it’s active and ready to use.

Making the Focaccia Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour with 1½ teaspoons of salt. Whisk these dry ingredients together to distribute the salt evenly.
  2. Once the yeast mixture is frothy, pour it into the bowl with the flour mixture.
  3. Add ¼ cup of olive oil to the bowl. The oil will help to enrich the dough and give your focaccia that classic moist, tender texture.
  4. Use a wooden spoon or a spatula to mix the ingredients until a shaggy dough begins to form.
  5. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it by hand for about 10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle a little more flour as needed just until it’s manageable.
  6. Form the kneaded dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil over the dough and turn it to coat all sides. This prevents the dough from drying out during the proofing process.
  7. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, typically about 1 hour. The warmth and humidity will help the dough to rise properly, creating the light and airy texture desired for your focaccia.

Cooking Instructions

Now that you have your dough prepared and proofed, moving forward with baking your Instant Pot focaccia is an exciting next step. These instructions will guide you through cooking your dough in the Instant Pot first and then finishing with a quick browning in the oven to achieve that irresistible golden crust.

Initial Baking in the Instant Pot

  1. Begin by lightly greasing the inner pot of your Instant Pot with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Carefully transfer your proofed dough into the Instant Pot, gently evening it out so that it covers the bottom. Remember, the dough will be quite fluffy and soft.
  3. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to ‘Sealing.’ Then select the ‘Yogurt’ setting and adjust the time to 40 minutes. This will allow for a gentle bake that perfectly cooks the dough without overheating.
  4. After the Instant Pot cycle completes, release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes before venting any remaining steam. Carefully open the lid and lift your focaccia out of the pot. At this stage, the bread will be soft and well-formed, but not yet browned on top.

Baking and Finishing the Focaccia

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
  2. Carefully place your focaccia from the Instant Pot onto a baking sheet. Drizzle it lightly with some more olive oil and sprinkle coarse salt and fresh rosemary evenly on top for added flavor.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the top of the focaccia turns golden brown and crispy.
  4. Once done, remove the focaccia from the oven and let it cool slightly on a cooling rack before slicing. This brief resting period helps to settle the flavors and textures, giving you the perfect slice of homemade focaccia that’s steamy inside with a crisp, savory crust. Enjoy your delicious creation!

Serving Suggestions

Once your Instant Pot focaccia emerges golden and fragrant, your next step is to decide how best to enjoy this delightful bread. Here are a few ways to serve your focaccia that will complement its crispy exterior and fluffy interior:

  • Classic Dipping: Serve your focaccia warm, sliced into generous pieces. Offer a side of balsamic vinegar and olive oil mixed with a pinch of salt and some crushed herbs for dipping. This simple method enhances the focaccia’s natural flavors.
  • Sandwiches: Use the focaccia to craft savory sandwiches. Slice the bread horizontally and fill it with your favorite meats, cheeses, and fresh veggies. Grilled chicken, mozzarella, and sun-dried tomatoes make for a delicious combination that pairs wonderfully with the bread’s airy texture.
  • Bruschetta: Top small slices of focaccia with a mixture of chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, and onion for a quick and easy bruschetta. Drizzle with olive oil before serving to bring out the vibrant flavors of the fresh ingredients.
  • Cheese and Charcuterie Boards: Incorporate slices of focaccia into your next cheese and charcuterie board. Its robust texture and taste balance perfectly with soft cheeses, cured meats, and various pickles.
  • Soup Side: Serve a slice of focaccia as a side to your favorite soups. It’s particularly great for sopping up hearty stews and creamy bisques, adding a satisfying crunch to your meal.

Conclusion

Ready to dive into making your own Instant Pot focaccia? You’ll be amazed at how simple and rewarding it is to bring a slice of Italian tradition right into your kitchen. Whether you’re whipping up a quick dinner side or preparing an impressive option for your next gathering this versatile bread is sure to impress. Don’t forget to experiment with different toppings and enjoy the wonderful aroma that will fill your home as it bakes to perfection. Happy baking!

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