Fruit Focaccia- Dried Fruit Medley

stacked focaccia with dried fruit

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 Fruits

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.

Inspiration

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!

box of dried fruits
Dried pineapple passion fruit, and cherries

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!

up close slice of focaccia with sugar on top

Easy Dough

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.

stacked sliced focaccia bread on a plate

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.

stacked focaccia bread

Super Yummy!

Check out some other of my favorite homemade breads:

Print Recipe
Fruit Focaccia
Delicious Focaccia filled with dried passion fruit, pineapple, and cherries for a great snack or breakfast bread.
stacked focaccia bread
Course Breads
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 1/2 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Breads
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 1/2 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
stacked focaccia bread
Instructions
  1. Mix together the water, yeast, and 1/4 tsp sugar. Allow to bloom 5-10 minutes. In a stand mixer with a dough hook, add 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp sugar, cinnamon, and salt and mix together. Add in the yeast mixture, dried fruits, and olive oil. and knead till a smooth dough is formed. About 5-8 minutes or so.
  2. Put in a greased bowl and cover and allow to rise till doubled (about 30 min to 1 hour). Once dough has risen, punch down and rest 5 minutes. In a 1/4 sheet pan, brush with olive oil. Press the dough evenly into the pan.
    risen focaccia dough
  3. Cover and allow to rise till the dough rises flush with the sides of the pan. About 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. With your fingers make 4 indentations across the dough horizontally and continue down the length of the dough.. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar.
    focaccia dough ready for the oven
  6. Bake 20 minutes till golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Slice into squares. Serve warm or room temperature.
    baked focaccia bread in a pan
  7. up close slice of focaccia with sugar on top
Recipe Notes

Use any of your favorite dried fruits.

This freezes super well wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and then placed into a freezer bag.

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