Focaccia di Recco

This Ligurian flatbread recipe is a prime example of how important focaccia is to the region. Stringy stracchino cheese is sandwiched between two layers of bread dough and baked in a roaring hot oven, resulting in an indulgent snack that's perfect for any time of day.

First published in 2019
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Focaccia di Recco is a cheese-stuffed unleavened focaccia from the Ligurian town of Recco. As of June 2012, the dish became an Italian IGP product, so here is an unofficial recipe! You'll have to visit the region to taste the real thing. Stracchino can be found in good Italian delis.

Ingredients

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  • 400g of strong bread flour
  • 150ml of water, room temperature
  • 10g of salt
  • 50ml of olive oil
  • 250g of stracchino
  • flaky sea salt, to finish
  • extra virgin olive oil, to brush

Method

1
Combine the water, oil and salt and stir to dissolve the salt
2
Stir in the flour bit by bit until you have a soft dough
3
Knead the dough for ten minutes. It should be smooth and elastic when ready. Place in a greased bowl and cover with clingfilm, then leave to rest for 2 hours
4
Once rested, preheat the oven to 250°C/gas mark 9. Divide the dough in half. Roll out one half to around 2mm thick.
5
Carefully transfer the rolled out dough to a greased baking tray
6
Carefully spread out the cheese evenly, then roll out the other half of the dough to an equal thickness and carefully lay on top. Pierce the top of the dough a few times with a knife to prevent it ballooning out during cooking
7
Pinch the edges to form a seal so the cheese doesn’t melt out. Brush with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with crunchy sea salt
8
Bake in a very hot oven for 10–15 minutes
9
Slice and serve straight away whilst the cheese is stringy and melted

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