Italian Focaccia with Apples and Cheese

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Italian Focaccia with Apples and Cheese- What’s better than apples and cheese? Apples, Brie, and herbs baked on top of soft homemade focaccia bread! This is a recipe you will love!

You will also enjoy Tomato Herb Focaccia and Sweet Focaccia with Raspberries and Balsamic.

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Why I love this recipe

This apple brie and herb focaccia recipe is sweet and savory. The delicious apple flavor paired with fresh herbs and creamy cheesy Brie, that practically melts into the bread like butter, creates a taste of the fall season in bread form. Make this for every gathering and deliver to friends and neighbors for a tasty fall treat.

Simple Ingredients

  • 1 recipe for focaccia
  • Apple
  • Soft cheese such as Brie
  • Herbs such as rosemary and thyme
  • Flake salt
  • Olive oil

Read all about focaccia bread here

The Olive Oil and Salt Brands I love for Making Focaccia

FLAKE SALT I LOVE!! MALDONS

Great Basic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for This Recipe COLAVITA

slice of focaccia with bite taken out

What is Focaccia?

Focaccia is basically an Italian yeasted flatbread. The focaccia dough is flavored with olive oil and sometimes topped with herbs, vegetables, fruit, and other toppings. Like pizza dough, focaccia dough is made with flour, oil, water, yeast, and salt.

What Apples are Best?

  • Honeycrisp’s shatteringly crisp texture is guaranteed to hold firm.
  • Fuji crisp and sweet apples that hold their shape.
  • Pink Lady balanced between sweet and tart. It will retain its distinct shape when used in this recipe.
  • Granny Smith is always a safe bet as far as baking apples.
  • Jonagold tart with a honeyed sweetness, Jonagolds holds up exceptionally well in the oven.

If you love apple recipes, then you will also love these Baked Apple Slices!

Substitutes for Brie Cheese

  • Camembert this brie-like cheese texture becomes creamy and soft. The cheese flavor is earthy, mild, and rich with a delicate salty note
  • Mozzarella is a white and creamy Italian cheese with a melty texture similar to Brie cheese.
  • Gorgonzola is creamy and Brie-like in texture; as the cheese ages, it becomes harder and crumbly. All gorgonzola is wonderfully garlicky and peppery.
  • Chevre is a tangy, smooth, and creamy flavor with an earthy undertone that can replicate the Brie cheese’s characteristics.

Serving Suggestions

Since focaccia bread is pretty thick, focaccia can be sliced in half and used for making sandwiches. It’s also a tasty addition to a bread basket or accompaniment to a soup or salad bowl. A sweet version of focaccia can be eaten for dessert or breakfast as a replacement for toast. Mangia!

Storing Tips

Storing: The focaccia will keep at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, for 2 days. Reheat in a 375-degree oven for 10 minutes. To freeze focaccia, cut it in pieces, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, place in a resealable plastic freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. *I do not recommend freezing the tomatoes. Remove them before freezing.

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Made with Amore, Elena

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It’s one of the simplest focaccia bread recipes that barely takes any work to create an unbelievably tasty Italian bread! Perfectly crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, perfect Focaccia Bread every single time! If you make this recipe don’t forget to come back and leave a STAR rating and comment. Thank you!

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Apple and Brie Focaccia Bread

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This apple brie and herb focaccia recipe is a little sweet and perfectly savory. The delicious apple flavor paired with fresh herbs and creamy cheesy Brie, that practically melts into the bread like butter, creates a taste of the fall season in bread form. Make this for every gathering and deliver to friends and neighbors for a tasty fall treat. 

  • Total Time: 40 minutes +rest time
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 recipe for my focaccia bread
  • 1 apple, such as Fuji or Honeycrisp, cored and cut into 1/4-inch (6-mm) rounds
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh or dried thyme, crushed
  • 8 oz Brie cheese, cut in slices
  • Flake sea salt for topping
  • Olive oil for topping

Instructions

  1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2.  Make focaccia as directed in the recipe. Follow directions until after dimpling it with your fingers. Before the step of putting the focaccia in the oven: sprinkle evenly with half of the rosemary and thyme. Arrange the apple slices on top, slightly overlapping. Tuck the slices of brie slightly underneath every other apple and distribute evenly. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil over the apple slices and sprinkle with the remaining herbs and a sprinkle of flake salt.
  3. Bake focaccia until puffed and golden brown all over, 20–30 minutes. Optional: brush lightly with olive oil at the right after taking it out of the oven. Enjoy warm or cold!

Notes

Makes great sandwich bread. Simply cut a slice in half lengthwise and use for a sandwich! 

Storing: The focaccia will keep at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, for 2 days. Reheat in a 375-degree oven for 10 minutes. To freeze focaccia, cut it in pieces, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, place in resealable plastic freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. *I do not recommend freezing the tomatoes. Remove them before freezing.

Short Rise Option: To skip the long rise (12 hours and up to 48 hours), simply let the mixed dough rise at room temperature until doubled, about 2 hours. Then proceed with the recipe, knowing the second rise will only take about 30 minutes. 

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 15 min +8-24 hours (dough rest time)
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

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My dream is to share delicious wholesome recipes that you will share around the table with all your loved ones. The memories surrounded by food are the heart and soul of CucinaByElena.

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  1. This recipe is so delicious. The foccaccia is easy to make and I love the pairing of applies and brie. What a great fall treat.