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Fruit topped focaccia bread on table next to apples and sliced strawberries.

Apple Strawberry Focaccia

Delicious fruit focaccia recipe made with fresh strawberries, apples, goat cheese and lemon thyme.
Course Appetizer, Bread
Cuisine American, Italian
Author Jenn


  • 2.5 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 3 Cups (375 grams) All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 large JUICI apple core removed and sliced
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • fresh lemon thyme


  • In bowl of stand mixer gently stir together yeast, honey, and warm water (110 F). (I use a hand whisk) Let yeast mixture sit for 10-15 minutes until frothy.
  • Meanwhile in a separate bowl whisk together flour and sea salt.
  • Once the yeast mixture is frothy, fit mixer with dough hook, pour in olive oil and slowly spoon in flour mixture on medium low speed. When all flour is incorporated turn up to medium and work until it resembles a soft slightly sticky dough. Beat for about 4-5 minutes. Also try a windowpane test.
  • Place dough ball onto counter top or working station with a very small amount of oil. The surface should still have some dry spots to “grip” the dough. Cup the dough with your hands and roll it in a tight circle to smooth the shape.
  • Place dough ball into a lightly oiled large bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil at the bottom.
  • Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft free location for 1-2 hrs.
  • Once dough has doubled in size, remove from bowl and place on rimmed baking sheet. (baking sheet can either be sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper.)
  • Stretch the dough with your hands into a long rectangle across the baking tray about 9x13 inches.
  • Then take your fingers and press down into the dough, creating small dimples or wells across the surface. (don’t tear holes)
  • Sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese and thyme leaves on the dough. Place sliced apples and strawberries evenly across the dough into some of the wells.
  • Drizzle entire surface of dough with olive oil.
  • Let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes for a final puff before baking.
  • Preheat Oven to 400 F (204 C) while dough is resting.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly golden around edges.
  • Once baked, let pan cool on rack. Remove bread and slice, serve with honey!
  • Wrap bread in aluminum foil or place in air tight container for up to a week of freshness.