Easy Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread
How to make the best focaccia bread It’s perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. This easy recipe is perfect for both novice and experienced bakers! Skip to the recipe for Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia
Focaccia bread, our favorite yeast bread to take home
Focaccia is our favorite yeast bread to take home. It has a crunchy exterior and a soft interior, making it perfect for dinner, soup, stew, or even cut in half and used in sandwiches. Thanks to the ingredients, it is also naturally vegan. This Garlic Focaccia Bread recipe is so easy to make that it doesn’t require any fancy equipment.
Focaccia ingredients explained
Extra virgin olive oil That’s what makes focaccia so incredibly delicious. It contributes to both the texture and flavor of the bread.
I firmly believe that the secret to the best focaccia bread is to use great-tasting olive oil. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, just use the olive oil you like. We have Partanna extra virgin olive oil in our kitchen and we love it.
fresh garlic is essential for the perfect garlic focaccia. I use two cloves, but for a very garlicky bread you can increase that.
fresh herbs They are excellent too. Use what you like and have available. I love rosemary focaccia, so I always use fresh rosemary. In the photos below I’ve also added fresh thyme. If you don’t have access to fresh herbs, we’ve shared dried alternatives in the recipe below.
yeast, warm water and sugar leaven the bread and give it structure. The heat of the water and sugar will wake up the yeast. Use honey, maple syrup, or sugar.
all purpose flour it is perfect for making focaccia bread. You can use bread flour, but the bread will soften a bit.
salt and pepper Make bread taste amazing. Just like when flavoring soups and sauces, it is important to flavor the bread dough.
Steps to make focaccia bread from scratch
As I mentioned before, focaccia bread is one of our favorite yeast breads to make at home. It is perfect for beginner bakers.
Our simple recipe makes delicious, fresh breads in no time and requires very little on your part. Here are the basic steps with pictures to do it. The detailed recipe is below.
- Make an infusion of olive oil with garlic and fresh herbs. This simple step makes the bread incredibly delicious.
- Mix the yeast with warm water and honey. This will wake up the yeast ready to help the dough rise.
- Add flour, salt and some garlic-herb oil to the yeast mixture, then knead the dough 10-15 times (no further kneading necessary).
- Let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (about 1 hour).
- Transfer the batter to a small baking sheet or casserole dish and make indentations on top of the batter and garnish with the remaining garlic and herb oil.
- Let the bread rise for another 20 minutes and then bake until golden brown.
Variants of focaccia
One of the best things about this focaccia bread recipe is that it’s totally versatile. In our case, we like to dress olive oil with herbs and garlic.
If you prefer you can omit the garlic and herbs and use plain olive oil, it will still be delicious. Or add some extra flavor with sliced olives, halved cherry tomatoes, or sun-dried tomatoes before baking. Adding roasted garlic bits to the bread would be awesome too!
You can even handle baking
Tips on how to prepare
Since this recipe was published, many of you have asked us if it is possible to leave the focaccia dough to rise overnight. Can you!
We recommend the following: instead of letting the dough rise at room temperature for an hour, place the dough in a ziplock bag and refrigerate overnight. You can also freeze it for future use.
The next day, take the dough out of the fridge and let it warm up for 20-30 minutes before preheating the oven. Place the remaining olive oil and garlic mixture on a 9″ x 13″ rimmed baking sheet.
Pour the batter onto the baking sheet and press into the pan. Scoop out the dough with your fingers and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and garlic mixture.
Let the dough rise for 20 minutes until it puffs up a bit. Bake as instructed.
(If you frozen the dough, let it sit at room temperature for several hours first, or thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then follow the directions above.)
Refrigerate or freeze leftover focaccia. Wrap it well in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days and in the freezer for about a month.
Day-old bread can be toasted and used as croutons for a salad. You can always throw them in our Easy Caesar Salad. Another option is to cut into cubes and use in bread pudding or layers.
What to serve with focaccia
We like to serve focaccia with a plate of these tender turkey meatballs. The sauce is homemade, light and very easy to prepare.
For more garlicky goodness, dip focaccia slices in our ridiculously easy olive oil sauce.
I like to dip focaccia in soups, try our creamy vegetable soup or our three-ingredient tomato soup.
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Updated recipe originally posted January 2013. Since it was posted in 2013 we have changed the recipe for clarity. – Adam and Joanne
Easy Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread
Our focaccia bread recipe is super easy to make, no fancy equipment required. The secret of the best focaccia is tasty olive oil. Since it is not used badly, the bread takes on a lot of flavor. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, just use the olive oil you like.
For the herbs, we like a combination of thyme and rosemary, but you can use any herb you like, fresh or dried. Or omit the garlic and herbs together and use olive oil instead. Pan size note: In this recipe, we call for a 9″ x 13″ rimmed baking sheet. If you don’t have one, you can use a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with a rim and taller sides.
Makes about 15 servings
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1/2 cup (120ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup (235 ml) warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
1/4 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
2 1/2 cups (315 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- make dough
- make bread
In a cool, medium-sized skillet, combine olive oil, minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, and black pepper. Place the saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes or until aromatic but before the garlic starts to brown. Put aside.
In a large bowl, mix together warm water, yeast, and honey. Stir several times and then let stand for 5 minutes.
In the bowl with the yeast and honey, add 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup of the garlic-infused olive oil mixture. Stir 3-4 times until the flour is moistened. Leave for another 5 minutes.
Add the remaining 1 ½ cups flour and salt. When the dough is smooth, place it on a floured table and knead 10 to 15 times until smooth.
Place the dough in a large greased bowl, cover with a warm, damp kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour. (It’s best to let the dough rise in a warmer area of your kitchen.)
After 1 hour, heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use 2 tablespoons of the remaining garlic and olive oil mixture to grease a 9 x 13 inch rimmed baking sheet. (See above if you don’t have a pan this size.)
Pour the batter onto the baking sheet and press into the pan. Scoop out the dough with your fingers and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and garlic mixture. Let the dough rise for 20 minutes until it puffs up a bit.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Cool the baked focaccia bread on a wire rack.
Advice from Adam and Joanne
- Instant Yeast Substitute – Use 1 ¾ teaspoons of instant yeast in this recipe.
- Refrigerate or freeze leftover focaccia. Wrap it well in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days and in the freezer for about a month.
- Nutritional Information: The nutritional information below is an estimate. We use the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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Nutritional value per serving: calories 143 / protein 3g / carbohydrates 16 grams / fiber 1g / total sugar 0g / total fat 8 grams / Saturated Fatty Acids 2 g / cholesterol 0 mg
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