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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Rosemary Focaccia Bread is so simple to make at home! It comes together in less than an hour and bakes up into a light and fluffy bread to add to any dinner. Once you try this recipe, you will be making it again and again!

Focaccia Bread with rosemary, cut into squares

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Focaccia bread is one of the easiest yeast breads you can make and it’s so flavorful and delicious. Customize it with your favorite herbs and spices and serve it with any meal. Honestly, it’s so delicious that my family will make a meal out of just the bread!


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How to Make Rosemary Focaccia Bread:

Step by step making focaccia bread dough with yeast

  • Place warm water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl and set aside for 5 minutes or until yeast starts to bubble. 
  • Add olive oil, 3 cups of flour and salt to the bowl and mix with the dough hook at low speed until combined. 
  • Mix in additional flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. 
  • Knead dough 4-5  minutes. 
  • Allow dough to rest five minutes. 

Rolled yeast dough in a oval

  • Sprinkle flour over a large cutting board or clean surface and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick rectangle. 

Making Focaccia Bread Dough with indentions

  • Use your fingertip or the round end of a wooden spoon to poke indentions in the dough, all over. 

Minced garlic in olive oil in a white bowl

  • Mix olive oil with minced garlic. 

Brushing Focaccia Dough with garlic olive oil

  • Brush olive oil over dough. 

Fresh rosemary chopped in a tablespoon, sprigs of rosemary and fresh garlic

  • Finely chop fresh rosemary. 

Rosemary and garlic Focaccia Bread

  • Sprinkle dough with fresh rosemary, coarse salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. 

Baked Focaccia Bread

  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until bread is golden brown. 
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately with olive oil or at room temperature. 

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Recipe Tips and Variations:

If you are new to baking with yeast, my best advice is just start baking. It won’t take long to get the hang of it. 

Make sure your yeast is not expired. This was my number one reason for my bread failing when I first started baking with yeast. I would procrastinate trying a recipe until my yeast expired and then it would fail. 

I highly recommend using Red Star Yeast. Quick Rising yeast works best for this recipe. I have an ongoing relationship with Red Star Yeast for recipe development, but this is not a sponsored post.

Use your favorite spices for focaccia bread. Italian Seasoning Blends work well, basil, thyme or herbs de Provence are my favorites. Caramelized onions or cherry tomatoes are also great additions. Add a sprinkling of finely grated Parmesan. 

If you don’t have a stand mixer, mix the dough up in a bowl with a dough whisk or wooden spoon.  Place on a flour surface and knead by hand for 3- 5 minutes or until dough is no longer sticky. 

One of my favorite things about baking focaccia bread is it is a rustic presentation and shaping is super easy. There isn’t a long rise period and the texture and taste are just amazing. It’s a great bread for beginning bakers. Another quick and easy homemade bread is Beer Bread and you don’t even need yeast!

Slices of rosemary focaccia bread on a cutting board

Pair focaccia bread with these simple Baked Tomatoes for a light lunch or appetizer before dinner. 

Easy Dinner Rolls

Easy dinner roll recipes that will outshine any main dish! Try these homemade rolls for your next dinner or holiday gathering.

Square slices of focaccia bread with olive oil

Focaccia bread is a great addition to your favorite charcuterie boards or enjoy it with wine and cheese for a date night in. 




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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Rosemary Focaccia Bread is so simple to make at home! It comes together in less than an hour and bakes up into a light and fluffy bread to add to any dinner. Once you try this recipe, you will be making it again and again!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Additional Time20 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Focaccia bread, Italian bread, quick Focaccia, quick yeast bread
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 827kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water - about 98°
  • 1 package rapid rise yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4- 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

for the topping

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon flake sea salt or coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal for dusting the pan


  • Add water, yeast and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer, set aside until yeast starts to bubble.
  • Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil and add 3 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • Use the dough hook attachment and mix until combined on low speed. Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time until dough comes together into a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Knead at medium speed about 4 minutes.
  • Set aside to rest 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour over a clean surface or large board to roll out the dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Poke indentions all over dough with your finger tip or the round end of a wooden spoon.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with minced garlic and brush over dough.
  • Sprinkle rosemary, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes over dough.
  • Allow dough to rise 20 minutes while the oven preheats to 425°.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until focaccia is golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately or at room temperature.


If you don't have a stand mixer, mix dough together in a bowl and knead on a floured surface for 4- 5 minutes until dough is no longer sticky.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 827kcal | Carbohydrates: 161g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 226mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g




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