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Peppered Focaccia

A busy college student, Sarah McClanahan of Raleigh, North Carolina makes this lightened-up version of flat Italian bread often because it's so easy to prepare. "Focaccia goes great with soup or pasta," she says. "And by adding tomatoes and onions, I can turn it into a light supper."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 focaccias (8 slices each)


  • 2-3/4 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In a saucepan, heat water and 2 tablespoons oil to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on low speed just until moistened. Beat on medium until batter is elastic and pulls away from sides of bowl. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (do not knead). Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half. Press each portion into a 12-in. pizza pan coated with cooking spray. Brush with remaining oil; top with peppers and cheese. Sprinkle with pepper flakes if desired, basil, oregano, garlic powder, pepper and remaining salt. Let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 134 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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  • justmbeth
    Nov 25, 2012

    Loved it. Used peppers from my summer crop and made it often.

  • cherrylady
    Feb 1, 2011

    We all REALLlY enjoyed this recipe! YUM!