How to make Olive and Pepper Foccacia -

Black olives and coloured bell peppers give this Italian bread both colour and taste.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Black olives (काले ऑलिव/ काले जैतून), Red bell pepper (लाल शिमला मिर्च )

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Breads

Olive and Pepper Foccacia

Olive and Pepper Foccacia Recipe Card


Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity.  Italian cuisine is simple and a number of dishes having only four to eight ingredients.  They rely mostly on the quality of ingredients rather than elaborate preparation.
Noteworthy changes in Italian cuisine happened with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, which are now an integral part of this cuisine.  Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity each with a distinct taste.  This cuisine today is probably one of the most popular in the world.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 51-60 minutes

Serve : 1

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Olive and Pepper Foccacia Recipe

  • Black olives 6-8

  • Red bell pepper 1/2 medium

  • Red bell pepper 1/2 medium

  • Olive oil ½ cup + to grease

  • Fresh yeast 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Refined flour (maida) 2½ cups + for dusting

  • Semolina (rawa/suji) 1/2 cup

  • Salt 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh rosemary sprigs a few

  • Sea salt 1 teaspoon

  • Crushed black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Preheat oven at 180ºC. Grease a baking tray with a little olive oil.

Step 2

Put yeast in a bowl, add one fourth cup warm water and half teaspoon sugar and mix well and let it froth.

Step 3

Sift refined flour into a bowl. Add semolina and salt and mix well. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture and mix well. Add two tablespoons olive oil to one and half cups warm water and add to the flour and kneadinto soft dough. Dust the worktop with some flour, take the dough out on the worktop and knead well.

Step 4

Dust a bowl with some refined flour. Place the dough, cover with a moist muslin cloth and set aside in a warm place for twenty to twenty five minutes.

Step 5

Dust the worktop with flour, and knock back the dough.

Step 6

Grease a baking tin with olive oil, place the dough inside the tin and spread it using your fingers.

Step 7

Cover the dough with a damp muslin cloth and set aside for another ten minutes.

Step 8

For the topping, cut red and yellow peppers into thick strips. Slice the black olives.

Step 9

Make finger incisions on the surface of the bread and generously drizzle three tablespoons olive oil, top with the red and yellow peppers, olives and fresh rosemary sprigs. Sprinkle sea salt and crushed black peppercorns.

Step 10

Drizzle the remaining olive oil on top and bake in the preheated oven for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Step 11

Remove the focaccia from the mould, slice and serve at room temperature.

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