Focaccia Bread

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Crisp yet fluffy bread topped with delicious herbs and seasonings. This flavorful focaccia bread is so easy to make, and is perfect for sandwiches, dipping in soups, or enjoying on its own!

Everyone loves homemade bread, and although classic bread is must-have, this Focaccia bread is too! Change it up based on the seasonings and toppings you add and get ready to fall in love.

Focaccia bread topped with herbs and salt

What is focaccia bread?

Hello again! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, and I have another delicious bread recipe to share with you!

If you’ve never had it before, Focaccia is a flat Italian yeast bread. It’s the perfect accompaniment for soups, salads, or pasta, and it tastes totally amazing!

This homemade focaccia bread tastes just as delicious as bread from a bakery, but it’s so easy to make at home. If you’re hesitant about baking with yeast, this is a great recipe to start with! There’s no kneading at all, and the dough is easy to mix together without a mixer.

It does need to sit in the fridge for a while (at least eight hours) so you will need to plan ahead a little when you’re making it, but it has very little hands-on time. It’s so easy to make that you will feel like a culinary magician!

Step by step collage for raising focaccia bread dough

How to Make Focaccia Bread

DOUGH. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and yeast. Add the warm water, and stir to form a soft and sticky dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours.

CHILL, SHAPE + REST. After the dough has chilled, gently shape the dough into a ball with your hands. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of an 8 inch cake pan and spread it to cover the interior surfaces of the pan.

Place the ball of dough in the center of the pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours, or until the dough has expanded to nearly fill the cake pan.

BREAD TOP. Toward the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 450. Remove the plastic wrap from the pan. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the dough, then press your fingers down into the dough, pushing to the bottom of the pan.

BAKE. Repeat until the entire surface of the dough is covered in deep dimples. Sprinkle with the oregano, basil and sea salt. Bake 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

Bread dough with dimples, topped with oil and herbs

RECIPE tips + NOTES

Letting the dough rest in the fridge for at least eight hours is really important, so definitely don’t try to shorten the time or skip that step. The long resting time helps the dough develop air bubbles, and improves the texture of the finished bread.

NOTE: You can leave the dough in the fridge for up to 24 hours, so you can bake it when it’s convenient for you.

STORING: You can leave the bread, covered with plastic wrap at room temp for 2 days. You can also wrap and keep in the fridge for up to a week. To reheat, baking in the oven for 10 minutes at 325.

FREEZING. We like to wrap the bread in plastic wrap and then in a freezer-safe storage bag. This can be stored for up 4-6 weeks in the freezer.

Freshly baked focaccia bread

Switch It Up

OTHER HERBS/TOPPINGS: Put any of these on top of the bread before baking for even more amazing flavor!

  • Rosemary
  • Fresh or roasted garlic
  • Olive slices
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • shredded cheese (parmesan would probably work best!)

DIFFERENT WAYS TO SERVE: Eating a slice of this bread plain is more than enough to satisfy, but you can use it in a lot of other ways!

  • Dip in soup.
  • Make a focaccia pizza. After the bread is fully baked, pull it out of the oven, top with sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni, then bake at the oven at 375° until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Create a sandwich! Just slice the bread in half, and fill with your favorite sandwich fixings. I love flavored bread for sandwiches!
  • You could also use leftovers to make homemade croutons! They would taste amazing on top of a caesar salad.

Cclose up of easy focaccia bread

You really can’t beat a slice of this focaccia bread, warm from the oven. The edges are perfectly crisp, while the middle is light and tender and airy. This bread is so delicious!

What to serve Focaccia With:

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Focaccia Bread Recipe

5 from 9 votes

Crisp yet fluffy bread topped with delicious herbs and seasonings. This flavorful focaccia bread is so easy to make, and is perfect for sandwiches, dipping in soups, or enjoying on its own!

Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Refrigerating Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 180 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt I used Maldon salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and yeast. Add the warm water, and stir to form a soft and sticky dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  2. After the dough has chilled, gently shape the dough into a ball with your hands. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of an 8 inch cake pan and spread it to cover the interior surfaces of the pan. Place the ball of dough in the center of the pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours, or until the dough has expanded to nearly fill the cake pan.
  3. Toward the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 450. Remove the plastic wrap from the pan. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the dough, then press your fingers down into the dough, pushing to the bottom of the pan. Repeat until the entire surface of the dough is covered in deep dimples. Sprinkle with the oregano, basil and sea salt.
  4. Bake 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

Author

Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. 5 stars
    this bread is so good. We love dipping in all sorts of sauces. It’s so fluffy and cris! the spices on the top make the flavor so YUMMY! Great for parties!

  2. 5 stars
    So excited to try this recipe. It looks so good and easy. Looks Like the kind of bread that would go with anything italian.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve never met a bread i didn’t like! Love that you gave so many different ways to change this up. Can’t wait to start working my way through the list.

  4. 5 stars
    Love focaccia bread! Hate to admit, we love bread with everything! I love the seasonings on this & how soft it is!