Focaccia with Caramelized Onions, Pear and Blue Cheese

I was looking for a fruit and cheese combo for Focaccia bread topping and saw this Focaccia with Caramelized Onions, Pear and Blue Cheese in Jan edition of Food and Wine magazine. The classic combination of pears and blue cheese isn't just for salad; it tastes absolutely amazing on focaccia bread. I did follow chef Jill Giacomini Basch ‘s exact recipe and only modification was to sprinkle little chili powder on top to add a spice kick. 


1 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon honey
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 large Bosc pear, cored and sliced
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)


1. In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast and honey and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the flour and 1/4 cup of the oil; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour and the salt and knead until smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic and let stand for 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the onion, cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the sugar, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 10 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 450°. Oil a 9-by-13 inch rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the dough to the sheet and press it down to fit. Dimple the dough all over with your fingers and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Let the dough rise until puffed, about 20 minutes.

4. Scatter the onions over the dough. Arrange the pear over the onions and sprinkle with the blue cheese. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over the focaccia and bake for 20 minutes, until golden. Transfer to a rack to cool. Serve.


  1. am an absolute bread lover...focaccia is one of my fav.. the recipe looks great n the bread looks soooo gorgeous and mouthwatering... I've bookmarked this and plan to make it very soon..Fantastic clicks too, especially the second one!

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  2. wow...I am big fan of freshly baked bread.....can eat a slice of that yummy bread straight out of the oven...looks too good!

  3. Freshly baked bread is really good, this focaccia has all the goodness bluecheese, pear and caramelized onions makes them more delicious.

  4. This could just be the ultimate focaccia! It has the tastiest of ingredients and perfectly baked. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! Can't wait to try it! Cheers!

  5. Omg, such an irresistible the addition of pear,bluecheese makes them more yummy..

  6. This combination sounds really good and it looks nice.. I love caramelized onions and pears.. I wouldnt have thought about such nice combination :)

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  8. Focaccia is such a versatile meal. You can make it anyway you like depending on your mood and ingredients available. My husband and son would appreciate the addition of blue cheese!

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  10. lovely flavours focaccia looks tasty

  11. This is most certainly a winner recipe for me,I love the combiantion of blue cheese with pears & caramlized onions.Bookmarked :)!!!

  12. THat looks extremely inviting, must be great tasting one too:)

  13. Very nice!
    Oh yeah the little bit of spice would add a lovely bit of heat.
    Thanks for sharing, look forward to trying.

  14. This is a nice recipe you have here. I just love this one. I hope I can make something like this.

  15. Such a lovely combo of ingredients as a topping and I love them all!

  16. Found your blog from Ami's blog awards page - Such a fantastic blog and love the focaccia and the toppings you've added. You've got a new follower in me.



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