Focaccia is becoming more and more common in restaurants and even in grocery stores. Regardless, its delicious and paired with dried fruit brings it into a whole new realm of homemade breads with this fabulous Fruit Focaccia!
Dried passion fruit, pineapple, and cherries are the stars of this bread and bring so much flavor to this Focaccia. Ironically, I wasn’t sure if this would work when the idea came to mind. Surprisingly, it totally works and the flavors are excellent.
I have to admit, I had never had dried passion fruit. I have worked with passion fruit many times in my culinary career (mainly in the form of puree’s) and absolutely love it. However, the dried version was something new to me. Once I tasted it I loved it! It’s really sweet and delicious.
For a Christmas gift, we received a box of dried fruits and nuts from some family members. In that box, were a variety of dried fruits that I have never eaten to include pineapple and passion fruit. On their own, they are sweet and delightful. Very yummy!
We had so much leftover I rallied to find a way to use these without them going to waste. Dried fruits are great in that they last for weeks and even months.
Focaccia First Dance
Focaccia was something I was introduced to in my first culinary job as a pastry assistant. Everyday, we would make fresh batches as they were served in the restaurant bread baskets. I loved it, lathered in olive oil and sea salt, little herbs; it was fantastic.
Also, I loved making it, as it was in a strange way therapeutic when you get to use your fingers to make the signature dimple holes on the top. Dough is like a spa for your fingers!
The dough is super easy with just a few ingredients. Cinnamon is added for a little spice and pairs really well with the dried fruits. Before baking, the dough gets another bath in olive oil and sprinkled with Turbinado sugar for an added crunch.
This Fruit Focaccia is super delicious and totally addictive. I couldn’t stop eating it once it came out of the oven. The dough is super light and fluffy and the added fruit brings about a hint of sweetness along with the cinnamon and sugar crunch on the outside.
Check out some other of my favorite homemade breads: