crunchy focaccia with cherry tomatoes and onions

Crunchy focaccia with cherry tomatoes and onions

Easy and very quick to prepare, this no-rising ‘focaccia’ will impress your guests. Scrolling through the Tik Tok screen, among dozens of funny videos, I came across this recipe whose irresistible crunchiness surprised me.

I had never tried it before, but thanks to Diletta Secco and her wonderful inventive spirit, I discovered a delicacy suitable for any occasion: whether an aperitif, a snack, an appetiser, or an alternative breakfast, this crispy treat will be divine. Precisely because I was charmed by it, I decided to absolutely share it again. You can also find the video recipe on my instagram channel!

crunchy focaccia with cherry tomatoes and onions

Curiosity

The croccantella is definitely part of the “transmessi”, or those French “entremets”, minor dishes, which are served between courses. These are very varied and imaginative dishes, but they often have the disadvantage of being high in calories. So what should we do? There is no problem with their occasional use, as any healthy, normal-weight person can afford to indulge in them.

But since it is a shame to give them away only on one occasion, they can be used as a single dish, perhaps accompanied by vegetables. In fact, moderation is definitely the best way to success, so eating it in small quantities (even though it may be difficult given its goodness) together with a portion of protein and vegetables will certainly be the most profitable choice. Nowadays, thanks to large-scale distribution, we can see heaps and heaps of flours on the shelves, from the most refined to wholemeal, stone-ground and many others. Anybody would be confused, me first.

This is why I have decided to clarify the situation today: First of all, we have durum wheat flour, commonly referred to as ‘semolina’, which has more protein and absorbs larger amounts of water during its processing. The dough has less elasticity than soft wheat and is mainly used for bread making and pasta production. Next comes wheat flour, which is so called because its grains break easily. It has a soft, powdery consistency and is used for bread, cakes and even fresh pasta. It differs from durum wheat flour in that it is more elastic in dough, but also has a lower protein and gluten content. 00 flour is certainly the most refined. It is obtained by grinding the grain of wheat, in which unfortunately all the best parts for our nutrition are discarded.

The bran, which is rich in fibre, goes, as does the wheat germ, which is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In this flour, only the starch remains, a simple carbohydrate, full of sugars. Unlike its sister flour, 0 flour is simply less refined. It is left with a little bran and nothing more. Wholemeal flour is the ultimate wheat flour. Being stone milled, it is not overheated and does not lose any of its nutrients. It contains all parts of the grain, which is why it is considered a complete food. Manitoba flour is derived from Manitoba soft wheat of Canadian origin. It is used to strengthen weaker flours or for the production of long-rising products such as panettone, pizza, focaccia, etc.

The strength of this flour lies in the abundant presence of gluten, so people with coeliac disease: beware! Senator Cappelli flour is definitely part of the long list of flours made from ancient grains. These contain less gluten, are lighter and more digestible. Remember that ancient grains are our history and culture, so let’s not forget them for a white flour that has nothing in its past! In addition to these countless flours, there are also gluten-free flours, but we will talk about these in a second article!

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crunchy focaccia with cherry tomatoes and onions

Crunchy focaccia with cherry tomatoes and onions

Vittoria
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
 
 

  • 240 g "00" flour
  • 300 ml water
  • 2 tsp teaspoons of salt
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion to taste
  • Olive oil to taste
  • flour to taste
  • cornflour to taste
  • oregano

Instructions
 

  • To make this crunchy schiacciata, start by mixing the flour with the water and 2 teaspoons of salt in a bowl using a whisk.
  • Then cut the cherry tomatoes in 2 and add them to the mixture. Mix everything together. Oil and flour a 30 cm baking dish, then sprinkle with cornflour.
  • Pour the mixture into the baking dish, level it and then sprinkle it with more cornflour. Add a few slices of red onion, a pinch of oregano and top with a generous drizzle of oil.
  • Bake at 200°C (392°F) for 50 minutes and at 230°C (446°F) for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, take out of the oven, cut into wedges and enjoy the crunch. Enjoy your meal!!

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Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Truffle, Garlic, Chili pepper)

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