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 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!
How to Make Rosemary Focaccia Bread:
- 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.
- Sprinkle flour over a large cutting board or clean surface and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick rectangle.
- Use your fingertip or the round end of a wooden spoon to poke indentions in the dough, all over.
- Mix olive oil with minced garlic.
- Brush olive oil over dough.
- Finely chop fresh rosemary.
- Sprinkle dough with fresh rosemary, coarse salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
- 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.
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!
Pair focaccia bread with these simple Baked Tomatoes for a light lunch or appetizer before dinner.
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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- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 827Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 161gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g
Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.