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How to Make a Focaccia Garden

Soft and wondrously chewy olive oil focaccia is the easiest bread in the world to make, and it’s a perfect blank canvas for vegetable and herb floral designs.  These edible art pieces are so cool I just had to decorate and bake a whole wheat version and show you how to make your own focaccia garden.

closeup photo of baked fanicful focaccia garden

Edible bouquets and breadscapes, focaccia bread art has become a trendy project during this year’s stay-at-home times. May this post encourage you into the kitchen to try your hand at baking a focaccia garden!

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How to Make a Focaccia Garden >>>

closeup of portion of unbaked focaccia with garden design made of vegetables and herbs

>>> For the focaccia dough, simply mix flour, salt, yeast, good olive oil, and water in a bowl with a wooden spoon–no kneading! Let the dough rise in the same bowl you mixed it in.

>>> While the wet dough rises in the bowl, prep your vegetable and herb color palette. Lightly coat everything with olive oil and put them in bowls and on plates.

>>> Once doubled in volume, turn the dough out onto a generously oiled pan, then using your hands, push and pat it around so it’s the same thickness all over. Drizzle with olive oil and spread the oil around.

>>> While your dough rises in the pan, arrange your flowers and blooms directly on top. You choose–make it as simple or elaborate as you like, orient your design landscape or portrait-style, shape it round or rectangular. It’s all good.

>>> When your garden layout is finished, poke holes with your fingers around and about and drizzle with more olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse flake salt. Bake about 25 minutes, until just done.

Baked fanciful Focaccia Garden of vegetables and herbs

Take photos. Show off your bread art. Then eat it. Made with real food ingredients, time and effort, your fragrant focaccia gardenscape will taste even better than it looks!

You might serve your decorated focaccia as a snack, with drinks, or as the bread alongside soups or salads. For tasty sandwich buns, cut into 3- or 4-inch squares and slice in half horizontally. Awesome for burgers, like these veggie burgers.

Focaccia garden topping ideas:

For long flower stems:

  • Asparagus
  • Green onions. These make pretty bouquet ties too.
  • Parsley stems with leaves.
  • Chive stems with blossoms.

For flowers and blossoms:

  • Thinly sliced red onion.
  • Thinly sliced radishes.
  • Spiralized sweet potatoes.
  • Mini sweet red and yellow peppers, sliced crosswise.
  • Larger yellow and red peppers, cut in strips for petals.
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half and arranged as petals.
  • Artichoke hearts.

Ground cover:

  • Sliced sauteed mushrooms.
  • Black olives

Frou frou and infill:

  • Capers for flower centers and seed pods.
  • Garlic cloves.
  • Green pimento olives, cut in rounds.
  • Sliced jalapeno or serrano peppers.
  • Frilly dill stems.
  • Sage leaves.
  • Parsley leaves.
  • Oregano leaves.
  • Basil leaves.
  • Finely chopped fresh rosemary.
  • Tiny thyme petals.

unbaked focaccia with vegetables and herbs on top to make a fanciful garden

A few edible garden tips:

  • Make a rough sketch of your design so you have a overall plan to work from.
  • Less is more—you don’t have to use every ingredient possible. (I had carrots cut and prepped and ended up not using them—they just didn’t fit with the theme.)
  • Soften the firmer veggies like asparagus and sweet potatoes with a quick steam. (25 seconds in the microwave is good.)

What is focaccia bread?

Focaccia (foh-KAH-chyah) is sort of a scaled-down version of a pizza, think pizza without the sauce. The oven-baked Italian bread is shaped flat and liberally drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with coarse salt. Where pizza is more about the toppings, focaccia is usually about the bread itself, with toppings as simple enhancements. Except when it comes to edible focaccia gardens–here the focus is definitely up top!

To get your creative juices flowing–focaccia garden inspiration:

Today’s focaccia garden is built on my easy whole wheat focaccia recipe, featuring rosemary in the dough and sprinkled on top.

Note: I know that in some places right now, flour and other baking ingredients are scarce. With any luck, you’ll find some at your favorite store. I hope so here, because after making my focaccia garden, I need to re-stock. Why your store might be out of flour or yeast.

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