Bacon, pepper and goats cheese foccacia

For freshly baked bread with an Italian influence, try Paul Hollywood's bacon-speckled focaccia topped with goats' cheese and peppers
By Paul Hollywood
Bacon, pepper and goats cheese foccacia
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  • Serves: makes 1 loaf
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 3 hrs rising
  • Effort: easy


  • 500 g strong bread flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 30 g fast action dried yeast
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 300 ml water
  • 120 g lardons of bacon, fried until crisp
  • 150 g mixed peppers, roughly chopped
  • 120 g goats' cheese, crumbled


1. Combine the flour, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre, and pour in 50ml of the olive oil along with the water. Mix together until it comes together in a smooth dough. Knead in the crisp bacon lardons.

2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for 5 minutes - at this stage, the dough should be quite sticky.

3. Return the dough to the bowl, cover loosley with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 2 hours, until doubled in size.

4. Lightly grease a baking tray and pat the dough out to an even thickness of 2.5cm. Brush the top with olive oil and make indentations in the top with your fingers. Leave to rise for a further hour.

5. Preheat the oven to 230C/gas 9. Brush the top of the dough once again with olive oil and spread with the mixed peppers.

6. Bake for 10 minutes, before covering with the goats' cheese. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes and bake until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

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