Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe with Herbs

Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe with Herbs

One of our favorite yeast-breads to make lately has been focaccia. It’s olive oil loving crisp outside and soft inside makes it perfect to accompany dinner, soups, stews or even sliced in half and used for sandwiches. Our focaccia bread recipe is very simple to make – no fancy equipment is needed at all.

What You Need to Know – Focaccia Bread Recipe

Focaccia is one of our favorites. It gets you to perfectly baked and fresh bread in no time and requires very little from you.

Use a Good Olive Oil

The secret to great focaccia bread is great tasting olive oil. Since there is quite a bit used, the bread really takes on the flavor. You don’t need to spend lots of money, just use an olive oil you love. We like something light and fruity.

Play with Flavor.

One of the best things about this focaccia recipe is that it’s completely versatile. In our case, we like to infuse olive oil with herbs and fresh garlic. We love a combination of thyme and rosemary, but you could use whatever herbs you love – fresh or dried.

Easy Focaccia Recipe with Herbs

If you would prefer you could leave the garlic and herbs out, it will still be completely delicious. Instead, you can just use plain olive oil. Or, add even more flavor to the dough before baking with sliced olives, halved cherry tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes.

Another thing you can do is treat the baked focaccia like a pizza. Once baked, top the bread with your favorite cheese, pepperoni or tomatoes and bake until bubbly. Yum!

What to Do with Leftovers

Let’s say you have half of a baked loaf leftover, you can refrigerate or freeze it.  First, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then in foil. Keep in the refrigerator 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 could always throw them on top of our Easy Caesar Salad Recipe. Another option is to cut into cubes and use in a bread pudding or strata.

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Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe with Herbs
 
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Our focaccia recipe is very simple to make - no fancy equipment is needed at all. The secret to great focaccia is great tasting olive oil. Since there is quite a bit used, the bread really takes on the flavor. You don't need to spend lots of money, just use an olive oil you love. We like something light and fruity. For the herbs, we love a combination of thyme and rosemary, but you could use whatever herbs you love - fresh or dried. Or, omit the garlic and herbs all together and use plain olive oil, instead.

A note on pan size: In this recipe we call for a 9-inch by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet. If you do not have this, you can use a 9-inch by 13-inch rimmed baking dish with taller sides.
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You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (substitute 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (substitute 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup (237 ml) warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 envelope)
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 2 1/2 (350 grams) cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. In a cold medium saucepan or skillet, combine olive oil, minced garlic, thyme, rosemary and the black pepper. Place pan over low heat then cook, stirring occasionally 5 to 10 minutes or until aromatic, but before the garlic browns. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and honey. Stir a few times then let sit for 5 minutes. Now, add 1 cup of the flour and a 1/4 cup of the infused garlic-olive oil mixture. Stir 3 to 4 times until the flour has moistened. Let sit for another 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour and the salt. Once the dough comes together, transfer to a floured board and knead the dough 10 to 15 times until smooth. Transfer to a large oiled bowl, cover with a warm, damp towel and let rise for 1 hour. (It’s best to let the dough rise in a warmer area of your kitchen).
  4. After 1 hour, heat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Then, use two tablespoons of the remaining garlic-olive oil mixture to oil a 9-inch by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet. (See note if you do not have this pan size).
  5. Transfer dough to the baking sheet then press it down into the pan. Use your fingers to dimple the dough then drizzle the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of the garlic-olive oil mixture. Let the dough rise for 20 minutes until it puffs slightly then bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer focaccia bread to a cooling rack and cool.

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98 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Chrystal April 15, 2016, 12:14 am

    So I made the bread DELISH! But I also made a second one for dinner and turned it into a bbq chicken pizza! So much better than regular pizza crust! Lighter, fluffier and just more delicious all the way around! Thank you for this easy recipe! Super easy to follow. I have a feeling my family will refuse to go back to regular pizza dough ever again. I’ll be sure to let everyone I know, know about this recipe. THANK YOU SO MUCH once more I can’t say it enough.

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  • sjcaissie@msn.com April 9, 2016, 3:05 pm

    This has become a household staple. So delicious, can change up the herbs, add crushed chilies….so many options. Love it!!!

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  • Giodaddy April 1, 2016, 7:05 pm

    This is our third time we’ve tried this amazing bread. Super easy to make and sides well with anything Italian and a nice wine. I would definitely recommend this bread to anyone who loves focaccia bread and wants to make it at home!

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  • Colleen December 23, 2015, 4:27 pm

    Just made this fococcia!!! YUMMY!!! I did all that the recipe called for except the seasonings. I didn’t use pepper, thyme, or rosemary. Not that we don’t like those herbs! I used marjoram, basil, parsley, and tarragon. I always add more garlic!!!! 4 large cloves is what I used. I will be able to do many things with this recipe. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!! for sharing it with us. What a great recipe!!!

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  • Samia aly December 8, 2015, 9:10 pm

    Great recipe used it in bread machine turned out lovely thank you

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  • Insiya December 1, 2015, 8:34 pm

    Hi,is there a difference in cooking time when using a 9*9 pan?

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    • Joanne December 22, 2015, 1:08 pm

      We have never made this in a 9×9-inch pan, but you should be okay. The cooking time may be a little off, but just keep any eye on things. Once the bread looks golden brown and cooked through, take it out of the oven.

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  • Stacy November 16, 2015, 2:47 pm

    OK…so totally old post, but I was looking for quick breads to make and your recipe popped up! Looks amazing, question…I don’t have honey, is it required for making this?

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    • Joanne December 22, 2015, 1:23 pm

      The honey helps the yeast along. You can use a little sugar instead.

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    • Gretchen May 21, 2016, 3:20 pm

      Also. you can use agave nectar. I had to throw away some very expensive honey the other day because someone forgot to tighten the lid and ants got into it. I had agave from Margaritas and it worked lovely.

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      • Joanne May 23, 2016, 12:45 pm

        Hi Gretchen, Agave should work as a substitute for the honey here. Hope you enjoy it!

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  • astrid September 6, 2015, 8:01 am

    Love this recipe!!! I used oregano also to add to garlic and thyme. This recipe works every time…

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  • Zoe August 24, 2015, 9:12 pm

    6/5 from me!!!!!!!!!
    i finally found the perfect recipe for my focaccia!!!!
    Thankyou!
    p.s big thumbs up from all my friends!

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  • Cindy June 15, 2015, 3:38 am

    So so yummy!! Thank you

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  • Jacqui May 4, 2015, 3:40 pm

    There we go 5 stars for sure!!

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  • Jacqui May 4, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Unbelievable!!! I thank you for this recipe. I’ve never made focaccia before and I will never buy it at the store again. My house smells incredible.

    5 stars

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