Focaccia bites and cheesy masala pav

Focaccia bites is a perfect way to enjoy this rustic crispy, flavourful bread. Savour the warm focaccia bites straight out of the oven and use the leftovers in making mouthwatering cheesy masala pav!

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I always thought focaccia is the simplest of the breads until I started to read Martin Philip’s book – Breaking Bread. Finally, when I followed his recipe of focaccia to the T, I ended up with the PERFECT focaccia I had ever eaten. It was crunchy and soft at the same time with a complex flavour profile. If you have been with me on Instagram, you must have heard the sound the bread made when I cut through it and that fantastic crumb. Absolute heaven!

I knew then that I had to make something out of this wonderful recipe and give my own twist. And I hit upon the idea of making focaccia bites! Perfect one bite bread!! Pop it in your mouth when fresh and warm out of the oven and toss the leftovers in cheesy tomatoey masala and you are in bread heaven! I live in a pretty humid climate and no matter what I do, I am left with a delicious bread but without that crunch few hours post bake. And thus, came the idea of using those flavorful pieces in a cheesy masala pav – Mumbai style!! A perfect way to enjoy leftovers.

Focaccia bites and cheesy masala pav
Focaccia bites and cheesy masala pav

But it wasn’t so easy. It took me several tries to get to the texture I was looking for. During my trials, either I wasn’t happy with the air pockets or the crevices or the flavour.  A perfect focaccia has a complex flavour with a unique texture. It is light, crispy and golden with an airy crumb. It can be a thick and soft or thin and crispy but if done well, a perfect focaccia has lots and lots of air pockets and that golden, bumpy top.

Focaccia bites and cheesy masala pav
Focaccia bites and cheesy masala pav

I hope you will make this and enjoy the deliciousness of this bread on its own and make a quick snack out of the leftovers to savour one of the Mumbai’s famous street style food. I would love to know your take on it so don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

Some other recipes that may interest you:

  1. Golden bhel
  2. Eggless pull apart pizza/calzone loaf
  3. Sunflower bread
  4. Dabeli 

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