Easy and delicious, this Aged Cheddar and Apple Focaccia is perfect for holiday entertaining, as it pairs beautifully with wine and is easy to grab and enjoy.
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We all know that the Vitamix high-performance blender is perfect for blending, pureeing and emulsifying, but it's also very versatile and powerful enough to tackle other tasks in your kitchen.
Did you know that you can make bread in a Vitamix? Yes, it's true! It makes baking for the busy holiday season super quick and easy. So grab your Vitamix and bake up this delicious Apple Cheddar Focaccia for your holiday entertaining!
This Aged Cheddar and Apple Focaccia is one of my favourite holiday offerings. It's absolutely delicious, easy and goes beautifully with a glass of wine for entertaining. I think you will be amazed at how quickly it comes together in the Vitamix. You can be enjoying this lovely focaccia warm from the oven in a little over an hour!
As they say, seeing is believing! Check out my quick start-to-finish video showing How to Make This Apple Cheddar Focaccia with a Vitamix ...
Cook's Notes for Aged Cheddar and Apple Focaccia
Don't have a Vitamix? I wouldn't recommend trying this recipe in another blender. Instead, simply mix up the dough in a bowl or stand mixer and knead a bit by hand or with the kneading hook. Then rest and prepare as indicated in the recipe below.
I used a mandolin to slice my apples super thin. I recommend that if you have one. If not, grab your sharpest knife and cut apple slices as thinly as you can.
Use a really great aged white cheddar cheese for this one, if you can. I love a 5-year old aged white cheddar. As there isn't a ton of cheese on this focaccia, you really want the cheese to have a lot of flavour!
Aged Cheddar and Apple Focaccia
For greasing the pan:
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
For the dough:
- 1 cup warm water ((105-115 F.))
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 1/4 tsp rapid rise or instant yeast
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt ((less if using fine salt))
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
For the topping:
- 1 cup aged white cheddar cheese (shredded, packed)
- 3-4 red apples (unpeeled and thinly sliced avoiding core)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Flaky salt
- leaves Fresh thyme
- Preheat oven to 400 Grease a 9x13-inch baking sheet with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Set aside.
- Combine warm water and honey and stir well. Sprinkle in yeast and stir. Let stand 5 minutes then stir in 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
- Add flour, salt and thyme leaves to VitaMix. Cover securely with lid. Using Variable 1, blend flour mixture about 5 seconds. until a well has formed in the centre. Stop machine and remove the centre plug from lid. Pour all the yeast mixture through the hole on to the flour mixture. Replace lid plug. Start machine at Variable 1 and slowly work up to Variable 3 and mi until a dough forms, about 10 seconds.
- Stop machine and scrape the sides of the container with a rubber spatula, pulling the dough to the centre. Replace lid and select Variable Using the pulse button, pulse 15 times. Scrape dough from the sides of the container, if necessary and pulse another 15 times.
- Generously flour a work surface. Remove VitaMix container from the machine, remove the lid and hold upside down over the floured surface, allow gravity to let the dough fall on to the work surface. If necessary, you can encourage it a bit with a rubber spatula. Lightly flour top of dough, then form in to a ball. Cover with a clean tea towel and let stand 10 minutes.
- Gently press dough in to prepared baking pan, using your fingertips to stretch and push it so it fills the entire pan. Work as gently as possible so you don't remove all the air from the dough. Cover dough with a clean tea towel and let stand 15-20 minutes.
- Use your fingertips to make some indentations in the dough. Scatter dough with 1/2 of the shredded cheese. Top with sliced apples, covering most, but not all of the top, over-lapping slightly here and there. Place 3 thyme sprigs randomly on top of apples. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and scatter remaining cheese on top. Return to oven for a further 3-5 minutes, or until cheese has melted. If desired, pop under the oven broiler for a short time to brown cheese a bit. Remove from oven. Allow to stand a couple of minutes, then loosen from pan and slice focaccia on to a cooling rack. While warm, top with a sprinkling of flaky salt and a scattering of a few fresh thyme leaves.
- To serve, use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut in to serving pieces.