Jack O’lantern Halloween Focaccia Bread
This Jack O’lantern Halloween Focaccia Bread is a great alternative for Halloween themed sweet treats. I know this time of year most of us eat more sugar than usual. This bread still has the Halloween theme, it’s super cute, and best of all it is not a sweet treat.
The bread is rosemary focaccia. It is easy to make and tastes amazing! It also smells so wonderful while baking. It’s also a great recipe to make with kids. You can have fun designing your Jack O’lantern face. If you are beginner baker and want to try baking bread focaccia is a fantastic recipe to try.
How to Make this Bread
Start by adding warm water, active dry yeast, and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment on. You can mix everything by hand as well. Gently stir with a spoon and then leave it to sit for 10 minutes. This will activate the yeast. You’ll know it’s activated when there is a layer of foam on top of the water.
Then add in your flour, olive oil, and salt. Start your mixing on a low speed and mix until the dough begins to form. Once the dough comes together increase speed to medium and continue kneading for 6 minutes. You want to dough to come together into one ball and you will know it is well kneaded when you press on in gently with your finger and the dough bounces back up.
After kneading remove dough for the bowl form dough into a ball. Add in about a table spoon worth of olive oil. Grease the bowl and add the dough back in. Turn the dough over a few times to grease the top of the ball. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and place somewhere warm to rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
After the initial rise is complete line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle about 3 tablespoons worth of olive oil on the pan and place the dough on top.
Using your hands flatten and shape the dough into an oval.
Using a sharp knife cut out your jack o’lantern face. I like to first gently etch it on to make sure it all fits before cutting. Discard the cut out dough.
Using your finger tips gently press in on the dough to create lots of cavities. Press your fingers to the bottom without breaking threw. You will want to do this a couple of times so the dough has lots of impressions.
Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise again for another hour.
When the second rise is done preheat your oven to 425 F. Remove covering from the bread and drizzle with another two tablespoons of olive oil. Coarsely chop up your springs of rosemary. You do not want to substitute the fresh rosemary for dried, the dried has an overpowering taste. Sprinkle the chopped rosemary and coarse sea salt on top of the bread.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Once removed from the oven drizzle with another 2 tablespoons of olive oil. I know it seems like a lot of olive oil, but trust me! Allow bread to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.
This bread is best enjoyed the day it is made but you can store it at room temperature up to 3 days.
Bake it with your children or bake it on your own, either way you’ll be in love with this Jack O’lantern Halloween Focaccia Bread!
Jack O’lantern Halloween Focaccia Bread
- 1 & 1/2 C warm water
- 2 & 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 tsp white sugar
- 4 C all purpose flour
- 1/3 C extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
- 2 tsp salt
- 3 springs of fresh rosemary for topping
- 1 & 1/2 tbsp coarse sea salt for topping
- In the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment on combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir gently with a spoon and let sit for 10 minutes or until a light foam is formed.
- Add in olive oil, salt, and flour. Turn mixer on low until everything is combined then speed it up to the medium setting.
- Knead the dough in the mixer for 6 minutes. You want to dough to form one ball and pop back up when you press on it with your finger. If dough is too sticky add some more flour is small increments.
- Once dough is properly kneaded form dough into a ball with your hands. Grease the mixing bowl with olive oil, add dough back in, and grease the top of the dough ball.
- Place a plastic wrap and a dish towel over the bowl and allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
- Once dough has risen line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle about 2 tablespoons worth of olive oil on the pan. Add dough to the pan.
- Using your hands flatten and shape the dough into an oval.
- Take a sharp knife and cut out the jack O'lantern face. I like to gently etch in the face first to see how it fits best and then cut. Discard the cut out dough.
- Using your finger tips gently press in on the dough to create lots of cavities. Press your fingers to the bottom without breaking threw. You will want to do this a couple of times so the dough has lots of impressions.
- Cove again with plastic wrap and a dish towel and let it rise again in a warm area.
- After second rise is complete preheat oven to 425 F.
- Uncover the bread and drizzle with 2 tbsp of olive oil.
- Coarsely chop up three springs of fresh rosemary. Evenly sprinkle the chopped rosemary and sea salt on top of the dough.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- After the bread is cooked remove from the oven drizzle another 2 tbsp of olive oil over the bread. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.