Recipe video: Blueberry Focaccia

I generally prefer local fruits over imported ones. I cannot tell you how much juicier and tastier our Indian plums are over the “Chinese” ones that are imported to local markets. Ditto with Indian peaches. I do make an exception with some fruits, however. For instance, in my orange cakes (this one and this one and this one), I prefer using the Valencia oranges because their skins are not as bitter. And I simply cannot resist it when I find fruit that is not grown in the country–blueberries, for instance. I have a special love for berries of all kind–the Indian jamuns, amlas, cape gooseberries, the local varieties of ber as well as our Mahabaleshwar strawberries–the large, deep red fruit that tug at my heart strings every time they appear–I love them all. Blueberries have begun appearing in our markets only recently. Last time, I made these blueberry muffins. Then, someone gave me a bunch of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries, which I made a jam of (this reminds me I need to post that recipe) and finished yesterday with a stack of crepes and clotted cream (ahem).

Last weekend, I found the shelves in the supermarket loaded with boxes and boxes of blueberries. I bought three–you know, just being minimalistic. That night, we shot a video for my current favorite bread–the focaccia. I had made a rosemary and black grape focaccia for my last cooking class on Basic Italian food (no pictures; camera had konked off) that was very well-received. Except this time, I made a sweet focaccia. It’s the perfect accompaniment to coffee–my mum has been enjoying it with her mug of filter kaapi everyday. It’s not very sweet, and the flavors of the lemon zest and cinnamon compliment the blueberries beautifully. Once the focaccia is baked, the berries bursta nd ooze their color and flavor and make for a beautiful rustic bread that can adorn any coffee table. Here’s the video.

Blueberry Focaccia


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. yeast
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup Lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp. grated Cinnamon
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Icing sugar to dust


  1. Place yeast, sugar and milk in a bowl and allow to froth for about 15 minutes.
  2. Sieve the flour in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle almost all the salt and grate the cinnamon and lemon zest into it.
  3. Add the frothy yeast mixture and egg and knead to a soft dough.
  4. Pour in the olive oil and knead to a silky, shiny dough. Leave to rest for about half and hour until double in size.
  5. Knock back the dough to release the air. Add three-fourths of the blueberries and knead again.
  6. Flatten the dough on a 9 by 13 inch greased and lined rectangular pan. Topple over the reserved berries and sprinkle with some salt and sugar. Rest again for about 15 minutes.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees centigrade for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove and dust with icing sugar.
  9. Cut into squares and serve with coffee.


Comments (4)

  1. Priya Sreeram July 26, 2012 at 12:53 am

    nice video – can imagine the berry burst in it 🙂

  2. Divya July 26, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Absolutely stunning bread!

  3. Nayan July 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Awesome video!! Loved everything about it. The music, the camera work, the easy to follow process and the yummy looking bread.
    You just made my day with this post !!
    Blueberries are in full season in the US now. Some stores have these premium quality blueberries – large in size and bursting with the sweet flavor of summer. Should try the Focaccia bread soon.


  4. Poornima July 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Awesome bread and I loved the style of the video!

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