Focaccia bread is a classic Italian flatbread that is beloved for its light and fluffy texture, crisp exterior, and deliciously savory flavor. It is a versatile bread that can be enjoyed on its own, used as a base for sandwiches, or served alongside various dishes.
Focaccia is a flat Italian bread, the dough is similar to pizza dough and is also called (Pizza Bianca ) which means white pizza, but it has a generous amount of olive oil.
The process of making focaccia bread may seem tricky, but my recipe will teach you exactly how to do it right.
With some practice and patience, you can create your own homemade focaccia bread that will rival any bakery. If you want to try other bread flavors, try my Japanese Milk Bread Recipe.
❤️ WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Easy to make: This focaccia bread recipe requires minimal effort and basic ingredients, making it accessible for even novice bakers.
Versatile: It allows for endless customization options, from adding herbs and spices to experimenting with various toppings.
Delicious flavor: The combination of olive oil, salt, and herbs creates a rich and savory flavor profile that is hard to resist. The bread’s soft texture further enhances the taste, making it a true delight for the palate.
Crowd-pleaser: This focaccia bread recipe is loved by both young and old, making it a perfect choice for gatherings and parties.
Impressive presentation: This focaccia bread recipe's golden crust and dimpled surface make it a visually stunning addition to any table.
All you need are simple ingredients from your pantry to make this delicious focaccia bread. Let's look at them in more detail:
All-purpose flour: Do not use self-rising flour or bread flour.
Salt: We will use salt in this recipe to enhance the flavor of the dough.
Active dry yeast: We will need active dry yeast for this recipe, which will be responsible for the rising of the dough.
Sugar: We will also need some sugar to make this recipe, which will provide food for the yeast to activate and help with the browning of the crust.
Olive oil: Use olive oil in the dough to add moisture and richness to the dough. We will also use olive oil as a topping for this recipe. It will add a glossy and golden finish to the bread.
Flake sea salt: We will also need some flake sea salt as a topping for this recipe, which will add a burst of flavor and a crunchy texture to the bread.
Rosemary fresh or dry: Make sure to use fresh or dry rosemary as a topping for this recipe. It will help infuse the bread with a fragrant and earthy flavor.
🔪 HOW TO MAKE IT
Making focaccia bread at home is incredibly easy. Let's look at home to make it step by step:
Add the water, sugar, yeast, and oil in a bowl, then add the flour and knead for 5 minutes.
Add salt to the dough and continue kneading until the dough is smooth.
Sprinkle around a tablespoon of olive oil over the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place.
Remove some of the air from the dough by pressing it down.
Transfer the dough to a 7-inch round pan or skillet. Spread the dough evenly in the pan using your fingers, then cover it with a plastic wrap to proof.
Spread a little olive oil over the dough. Sprinkle sea salt and rosemary or just rosemary. Using your fingertips, make a few dimples on the surface of the dough.
Bake the focaccia bread for 12 to 13 minutes on the middle rack, until it is golden in color and has reached your desired crispness.
👩🏽🍳 PRO TIPS
Use high-quality olive oil: Since olive oil is a key ingredient in focaccia bread, it is important to use a high-quality one to enhance the flavor of the bread. Avoid using olive oil mixed with other oils like canola oil.
Let the dough rise in a warm place: Focaccia bread requires a double rise, so it is important to let the dough rise in a warm place.
Use a well-oiled pan: To avoid the focaccia bread sticking to the pan and get a beautiful golden crust from the bottom, it is important to generously oil the pan before placing the dough.
Sprinkle with coarse salt before baking: Just before baking, make sure to sprinkle the dough with coarse salt. This will add a burst of flavor and enhance the overall taste of the bread.
🍽️ HOW TO SERVE IT
- Serve the focaccia bread as an appetizer, sliced into small squares and accompanied by a selection of dips such as olive tapenade, roasted red pepper dip, and balsamic vinegar.
- Use the focaccia bread as a base for sandwiches or sliders. Slice the bread horizontally and fill it with your favorite deli meats, cheeses, and condiments for a delicious and satisfying meal.
- Serve the focaccia bread alongside a bowl of soup or stew. The soft and flavorful bread is perfect for dipping into broth or sopping up the last bit of sauce.
- Create a gourmet bruschetta by toasting slices of the focaccia bread and topping them with fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
- For a unique twist, use the focaccia bread as a pizza crust. Top it with your favorite pizza toppings and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Cut into slices and serve as a delicious and hearty meal.
This focaccia bread recipe is absolutely delicious, but if you're looking to customize it, here are some ideas you can try:
Sundried Tomato and Olive Focaccia: Mix chopped sundried tomatoes and sliced black olives into the dough before baking. This helps to give a tangy sweetness from tomatoes and a briny richness from the olives.
Garlic and Parmesan Focaccia: Mix minced garlic and grated Parmesan cheese into the dough before baking. This adds a bold and savory taste, with the garlic providing a pungent kick and the Parmesan adding a nutty and salty flavor.
Caramelized Onion and Gruyère Focaccia: Caramelize thinly sliced onions in a pan and sprinkle grated Gruyère cheese on top of the dough before baking.
Herbed Focaccia: Mix a combination of dried herbs, such as oregano, thyme, and basil, into the dough before baking. This adds a fragrant and aromatic flavor profile, as the herbs infuse the bread with freshness and complexity.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, you can use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast. Just make sure to use the same amount called for in the recipe and follow the instructions accordingly.
Yes, you can substitute all or part of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. Keep in mind that using whole wheat flour may result in a denser texture and slightly different flavor.
To store leftovers of this focaccia bread, you can wrap the bread tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
To freeze the bread, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to eat the frozen bread, you can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours.
Once thawed, you can reheat it in the oven at a low temperature (around 300°F) for a few minutes until it is warmed through.
📣 MORE RICE RECIPES
Homemade Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
- ½ tablespoon sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup warm water you may need less
- Flake sea salt
- 1 tablespoon rosemary fresh or dry
- 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
- In a mixing bowl, add the water, sugar, yeast, oil, and flour. Knead the mixture for 5 minutes then add the salt and continue kneading until the dough is smooth.
- Sprinkle the dough with a little olive oil and cover with a plastic wrap. Keep in a wamr place for the dough to proof and rise. It will take an hour to an hour and half.
- Pat the dough down to remove air. Transfer the dough to a greased 7 inch round pan or a skillet.
- Spread the dough to evenly fill the skillet. Cover with a plastic wrap to proof again for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 374F/190C.
- Drizzle the dough with a little olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary and flakes of sea salt. Using your fingertips make a few dimples on the surface of the dough.
- Bake the focaccia bread for 12 to 13 minutes on the middle rack, until it is golden in color and has reached your desired crispness.
- Place the baked focaccia bread over a cooling rack to cool.
- You can use olive oil infused with garlic to give this focaccia bread recipe more flavor.
- A great snack can be made using focaccia by toasting it and spreading roasted garlic and parmesan on top.
- You can prepare the dough a night ahead. Place the dough in a large container and cover tightly, then refrigerate. The dough will rise slowly while in the fridge. When about to bake the dough, take it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature first. Knead the dough for a minute, and it will be ready for the next rise.