Focaccia with Caramelized Onions, Pears and Cheese

1 cup warm water

1 package active dry yeast

1/2 tsp of 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 tsp brown sugar

1 Bosc pear, cored & sliced thinly

½ cup crumbled cheese, (choose feta, goat or blue cheese)

  1. Using a large bowl, mixt together the water, dry yeast and honey. Allow it to stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of the flour and ¼ cup of olive oil. Let this mixture stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining flour and kosher salt. Knead until smooth consistency.
  4. Transfer dough to and oiled bowl and cover with plastic. Allow it to stand for 1 hour.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of the olive oil to a skillet. Add the onions and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the brown sugar and continue stirring occasionally until the onions are browned and caramelized
  7. Preheat the oven to 450°
  8. Oil a 9 x 13 baking pan. Get the dough and form it to fit the pan by stretching and pressing down on it. Using your fingers, dimple the dough. Sprinkle the dough with 2 tbsp of the olive oil. Let the dough rise for 20 minutes.
  9. Spread the caramelized onions over the dough. Place the sliced pears on top of the onions. Sprinkle the cheese of your choice on top of the pears. Drizzle 2 tbsp of olive oil over the focaccia.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or until it turns a golden brown colour.