August 21: Saint Pius X Focaccia Bread

4 things you may not have known about this pope-turned-saint:

1. He was born in Italy, but his parents were Polish. Think of all the combos you could do for a whole feast!

2. He made miracles happen IN his lifetime, specifically curing children from awful conditions and diseases.

3. Have you read his Oath Against Modernism? Yay or nay, you should give it a read.

4. He is known as “Pope of the Blessed Sacrament,” which led to a bread recipe in his honor!

1 way to jazz up your focaccia in honor of today’s saint:

1. Traditionally, I poke holes all around the focaccia, but I only made indents in the shape of an X this time; then, I placed rosemary in those spots so that the X popped out beautifully.

1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
3 ⅓ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons yeast

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste


1. Combine water, olive oil, honey, salt, flour, and yeast in a large bowl. Mix well and knead the dough until it is elastic.

2. Transfer the dough into an oiled bowl. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise once for 1 hour in a warm place, until the dough has doubled.

3. Preheat oven to 375˚F.

4. Remove the dough from the bowl and stretch the dough into a circle.

5. Place the dough into well-oiled cast iron pan. Cover with towel or plastic wrap and rest for 30 minutes.

6. Poke the top with your fingertips, ideally in the shape of an X.

7. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary, salt, and pepper.

8. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Adapted from Rie McClenny

Saint Pius X, pray for us!

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