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Caramelized Leek and Onion Focaccia with Ham and Cheese #TwelveLoaves

Caramelized Leek and Onion Focaccia Recipe via Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Caramelized Leek and Onion Focaccia Recipe via Kudos Kitchen by Renee

The #TwelveLoaves challenge for May is…wait for it….wait for it….ONIONS! My favorite ingredient!!!
So I decided to make a Caramelized Leek and Onion Focaccia, and at the last minute I decided to top it with some leftover ham I had along with some mozzarella cheese and a tangy stone ground mustard mayo sauce. The results were scrumptious!

Caramelized Leek and Onion Focaccia Recipe via Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Yield: 3 – 9″ focaccias     Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (includes rise time)  Bake Time: 35-40 minutes

For the dough:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large leek, trimmed, cleaned and chopped (white parts and light green parts only)
2 large sweet onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups beef broth
4 tablespoons butter
4 1/2 – 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves (or two teaspoons fresh)
olive oil spray
corn meal for dusting
For the topping:
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
3 cups chopped ham
4 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

-In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the leeks, onion and garlic in the canola oil until lightly caramelized. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add the water and scrape off the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Remove from heat and cool.
-In a medium sized microwave bowl, heat the beef broth and butter in the microwave on medium power until the butter is soft and the broth is warm (110 degrees).
-In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together 4 1/2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, yeast, sugar and thyme leaves.
-Using the dough hook, knead the beef liquid into the four mixture to form a soft dough. *Note – if the dough seems too sticky, add in the additional 1/2 cup flour or more if necessary.
-Add the cooled leeks and onion into the dough and knead the two together to fully incorporate.
-Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and allow the dough to double in bulk in a warm, draft free place (about 1 hour).
-Punch the dough down and divide into three equal portions.
-Lightly spray 3 – 9″ round cake pans with olive oil and dust the bottom of each pan with some cornmeal.
-Place the dough into each cake pan and use your hands to press the dough evenly on the bottom, and up the sides of the pan.
-Allow the dough to rise again in a warm, draft free place for an additional 45-50 minutes.
-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-Bake the 3 focaccia in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes (or until they are lightly golden brown in color).
-Cool and remove from the pans.
-At this point you can serve as is or you can top them with the following:
-In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, honey and mustard.
-Spread an even layer of the honey mustard sauce on each of the focaccia.
-Top each focaccia evenly with 1 cup of ham and 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.
-Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned.
-Cool slightly, cut into wedges and serve.

Caramelized Leek and Onion Focaccia Recipe via Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Caramelized Leek and Onion Focaccia Recipe via Kudos Kitchen by Renee


I can hardly wait to see what the other #TwelveLoave bakers did with May’s key ingredient…ONIONS! I’m 100% sure there are going to be some fantastic recipes that I’ll be adding to my recipe files for making in the not too distant future. Click the links below and be prepared to drool!

Nice, right? You bet!

The month of April was filled with gorgeous orange breads! May: Onions. We have chosen onions for our May theme! Choose a recipe including onions (red, white, yellow), scallions (green onions, spring onions); leeks, shallots, garlic, pearl onion, cipollini, chives. Whatever you bake, (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc) have fun and let’s have a delicious month of bread with onions. Let’s get baking!

If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!
1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this May, 2014, and posted on your blog by May 31, 2014.
#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and runs smoothly with the help of our friend Renee from Magnolia Days.

With last April being the month of Oranges, here’s my #TwelveLoaves contribution from last month. It was one of my favorites!!!

Orange Honey Crescent Rolls:

And while we’re at it, the month of March wasn’t too shabby either…The key ingredient was strawberries.

Strawberry Bread with Rhubarb and Bananas:

And, as always… 🙂

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Felice Geoghegan

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

A favorite lunch of mine involves a plain focaccia that is sliced, and then stuffed with ham and cheese, but I love your idea even more since it is so much easier. I have a craving for it now.

Karen Kerr

Thursday 8th of May 2014

I love focaccia! These look so incredible!!

Renee Goerger

Thursday 8th of May 2014

Thank you very much Karen!

Lora CakeDuchess

Wednesday 7th of May 2014

I love to make focaccia and your recipe is the one I'll make next! Great topping ideas, Renee! Perfect for our May challenge.

Renee Goerger

Wednesday 7th of May 2014

Thank you, Lora. I was really excited about the onion challenge!

Holly @

Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Focaccia is one of my favorite breads to bake at home and your additions of ham and cheese along with the onions really elevated this bread to something extra special!

Renee Goerger

Wednesday 7th of May 2014

Thank you, Holly! I wish I would have made one without the toppings however to really experience the leek and onion flavor of the focaccia. Guess I'll have to make it again :)

Stacy Rushton

Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Your last minute additions were inspired,Reneé! That focaccia would have been lovely without toppings but the ham and cheese made it even more wow-worthy!

Renee Goerger

Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Thank you Stacy! Sometimes leftovers are the mother of invention :)