Focaccia Bread

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

4.87 from 65 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
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose 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
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

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About Alicia

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
    Yum, mixed up yesterday am, baked for lunch today took a wedge and dipped in marinara….this will easily become an Italian sandwich melt for us it slices well!!

    1. Yay!! I’m so glad so you loved the bread. It would definitely be delicious for an Italian sandwich melt. Yummy!

  2. Serious the easiest most tastiest recipe ever!!! Totally feel like a pro when making this and it doesn’t last around the house more than a day!!! Thank you for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my stars. Absolutely delicious. Well worth the time to prep it! This recipe is so easy and yummy. Definitely will be making again. And again. And again.

  4. 1 star
    It’s really annoying that you can’t close the video. It plays over the recipe and you can’t even see the full ingredients or instructions around it.

  5. 5 stars
    I have made this bread several times and each time it gets better and better! My entire family loves this bread!!! As a matter of fact I have another dough in the fridge to make today (this focaccia is a wonderful vessel for BBQ salmon burgers 👌

    1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear!! Also, BBQ Salmon Burgers sound incredible. So glad you all love this bread recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    FYI! I skipped the refrigeration part of this delicious recipe. I placed the dough ball into an oiled cake pan, added a touch more olive oil to the top of the dough and proceeded to make the deep divots with my fingers. I proceeded and ended up with the best foccacia bread and saved time. Yum. I will make this again. Thank you
    Susan

    1. You’re welcome! I’m so glad the bread turned out well for you and that you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing.

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this bread so many times! I’ve used a variety of different herbs, both fresh from garden or dried (all were fantastic) it is an amazing vessel for bbq’d salmon burgers or on its own!!

  8. 4 stars
    Smells amazing, but had trouble getting it to brown on top without getting overdone on bottom. We are attempting this for my son’s 4-H project.

  9. 5 stars
    I make this bread ALL THE TIME. It’s everyone’s favorite, and I almost feel guilty because it’s also the easiest bread I make. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! Thank you for this! Simple,
    Soft and fluffy like Foccacia should be!
    This is my only Foccacia bread recipe now!
    5 stars! ❤️

  11. I have made this so many times and love it! I find myself out of white flour and am curious if I can substitute wheat flour 1:1 without changing anything else. Thoughts? Thanks!

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