Easy Focaccia Bread



1 loaves



1-1/2 cup bread flour
1-1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. white sugar
1 pkg. fast-acting yeast
1-1/3 cup warm water (110°F)
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided use
2 tbsp. freshly snipped rosemary leaves
2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese


In a large stoneware bowl, stir together the flours and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Sprinkle the sugar and yeast into that well. Carefully pour the water into the well. Let stand until the yeast begins to act, about 5 minutes. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into the well. With a wooden spoon stir the mixture in the center of the bowl. Gradually widen the circle of stirring to take in all of the flour at the sides of the well.

Turn out on a floured surface, and knead just until smooth. Keep the dough soft. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of the oil into a clean bowl. Place the dough in the bowl, turning once to oil the top. Cover. Let rise until doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.

Punch the dough down. Use 1 teaspoon of the oil to coat a baking sheet, and place the dough on the baking sheet. Gently press the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Pour the remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons oil over the top of the dough. Use the handle end of a wooden spoon to dimple the dough at 1-1/2 inch intervals. Sprinkle with the rosemary and the cheese. Place in a cold oven on the center shelf. Place a flat pan of hot water on the shelf below the bread. Let rise until doubled, 20 to 25 minutes.

Turn on the oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake the focaccia for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned on top. Remove from the pan, and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.

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4 Recipe Reviews


Dorte reviewed Easy Focaccia Bread on March 11, 2003

Easy to make
Quite good!


Angie reviewed Easy Focaccia Bread on October 13, 2003

Very Easy to make and probably some of the best Focaccia Bread we've tasted!


wendy reviewed Easy Focaccia Bread on February 13, 2004

I discovered this recipe many years ago and I've made it a few times. I'm not that much of a cook and it's EXCELLENT. Only thing I would caution about is the prep time, i.e. rise time, but otherwise, it's EASY and SO YUMMY


hipacod reviewed Easy Focaccia Bread on September 23, 2008

I sprinkled the top with coarse salt and pepper and then
sprinkled thinly sliced red onion over the top. I also pressed in
some cherry tomatoes that I halved, but honestly, the bread was
so amazing that I could have stopped with the salt and pepper.
My family ate it with caprese salad. Magnifico!!