Should you be worried about focaccia bread calories? Well, that depends entirely on the focaccia bread recipe you use and serving size. However, it’s possible to make an estimate using the base recipe below:
Basic Focaccia Bread Recipe:
- 6 cups all-purpose flour: 2,730 calories
- One packet or tbsp. granulated dry yeast: 35 calories
- 1/2 cup 110-degree water for proofing the yeast: 0 calories
- 1 tsp sugar: 15 calories
- 1 cup water: 0 calories
- 1/3 cup olive oil + 1 tbsp for brushing top: 756 calories
- Kosher salt: 0 calories
Recipe total: 3,536 calories per loaf
If you choose to cut the loaf into eight servings then the average serving will contain 442 calories, without taking such things as butter, olive oil for dipping or other additions into account.
Many variations on the basic recipe will be more caloric. Cheese, for example, is a high-calorie addition to a recipe. A half a cup of grated Parmesan cheese will contain an extra 216 calories. Herbs, on the other hand, are very low in calories that there’s no practical caloric difference between a plain focaccia and one with herbs.
There’s more to consider in making focaccia than simple calories, however. Focaccia is a basic bread, low in sugar and salt, with no oil but heart-healthy olive oil. By using a whole-wheat flour you can increase the fiber content in your diet substantially; though in many instances whole-wheat focaccia will be improved by replacing only half the white flour with whole-wheat or by supplementing the whole-wheat with a portion of high-gluten flour in proportions recommended by the suppliers.
When you consider that grains and vegetables are supposed to make up the better part of a healthy diet, the caloric count of a serving of focaccia bread recipe seems modest. For thousands of years bread has been considered “the staff of life.” Balanced with fresh fruits and vegetables, and augmented with a lean meat or other protein source, focaccia bread calories can only be reckoned as a sensible portion of overall dietary intake.