Photo: Karry Hosford
2 flatbreads, 8 servings per flatbread (serving size: 1 wedge)

Lightly coat your hands with cooking spray to prevent the dough from sticking as you knead it.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare dough, dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 3 1/2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons basil, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 teaspoon salt; stir just until moist.

Step 2

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

Step 3

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Step 4

Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide dough in half. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to keep from drying), roll each half into a 10-inch circle on a pizza pan or baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 6

To prepare tapenade, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add eggplant; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Place eggplant mixture in a food processor. Add 1 tablespoon oil, 2 tablespoons basil, and next 4 ingredients (basil through olives); pulse 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl once.

Step 7

Uncover dough. Spread 1/4 cup tapenade over each focaccia. Arrange tomatoes evenly over tapenade. Spread remaining tapenade over tomatoes. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Ratings & Reviews

rstarrlemaitre's Review

January 08, 2011
Yummy, although I would make a few changes. There was a lot of tomato, and not enough eggplant flavor, so I would double the amount of tapenade, and cut back on the tomato slices on top - which also made the surface of the bread a little soggy. The focaccia bread itself, however, came out perfectly.