Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia

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Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia takes the classic Italian bread to new heights, combining the heat of jalapenos with the sweetness of honey, all infused into homemade focaccia. Topped with garlic butter and rich cheeses, this bread is a feast for the senses, perfect for those who appreciate a spicy kick.

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Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia

Components of Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia

  • Base: The foundation of this savory creation is homemade focaccia bread, known for its fluffy interior and crisp crust.
  • Hydration: Use warm water to activate the yeast, ensuring it’s between 32°C-43°C for optimal results.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour provides the structure, though cake flour can also be used for a potentially lighter rise.
  • Jalapenos: Select your jalapenos based on desired spice level. Older, striated peppers offer more heat, while smoother, younger peppers are milder.
  • Honey: Drizzle with about 30ml of honey for a delightful contrast to the spicy jalapenos.

Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia

Creating the Focaccia Dough

Begin by mixing yeast, water, and sugar, letting the yeast activate. Blend in olive oil seasoned with Italian herbs, garlic, and salt. Incorporate the flour to form the dough, then let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

Assembling the Focaccia

Once risen, spread the dough in a well-oiled 30cm cast-iron skillet, creating dimples for the flavored oil to pool. Brush with garlic-infused butter, sprinkle generously with mozzarella, and adorn with jalapeno slices before baking to golden perfection.

Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia

Alternative Baking Options

No cast-iron skillet? No worries. Use any oven-safe baking dish, adjusting the size for your desired crust thickness. The process remains the same, ensuring everyone can enjoy this spicy, sweet delight.

Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia

Ingredients for a Flavorful Bread

Focaccia Base:

  • 1 cup (240ml) warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2½ cups (315g) all-purpose flour

Garlic Butter Mixture:

  • 4 tablespoons (56g) melted butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ⅛ cup (15g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1½ cups (150g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 medium jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • ⅛ cup (30ml) honey
  • Grated parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions for Baking

  1. Dough Preparation: Combine water, yeast, and sugar, then add half of the seasoned olive oil. Stir in the flour, let the dough rise until doubled.
  2. Oven Setup: Preheat to 450°F (230°C). Spread the remaining oil in a skillet, then fit in the dough, dimpling it with your fingers.
  3. Flavor Infusion: Mix the garlic butter ingredients, apply half to the dough, then top with mozzarella and jalapenos.
  4. Bake: Place in the oven for 18-20 minutes until the crust is golden and the cheese bubbly.
  5. Final Touches: Drizzle with honey, add the remaining garlic butter, and sprinkle with parmesan.

Serve the Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia warm, inviting a burst of flavors with every bite, from the earthy bread to the zingy peppers, all mellowed by a hint of honey. This bread is not just a side dish but a standout on any table, promising to spice up your mealtime.

Spicy Honey-Jalapeno Focaccia

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