Focaccia Bread

Published on March 25, 2021 | Updated on July 8, 2024 | by Nathan Crane

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Focaccia is probably the most forgiving bread to make, and therefore great starting point if you are new to yeast baking. The texture will be slightly coarse by its nature, so if your kneading isn’t perfect or whatever, it likely won’t matter.

One of the keys to this bread’s deliciousness is olive oil. It gives the crust an incredible crispness and rich flavors. It comes with more seasoning and a titch more salt than many recipes, making for nothing but more flavor.

Single rise yeast bread- Focaccia featured image

Focaccia recipe

Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 250 kcal


  • Bowl
  • Two eight inch cake pans


  • 1 Cup Warm water (100 degrees+/-)
  • 1 Teaspoon Instant yeast
  • 2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic granulated
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Cup Olive oil 
  • ¼ Teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 Tablespoon Shredded parmesan cheese


  • In a bowl, add and stir together;
    1 cup warm water (100 degrees+/-), 1 teaspoon instant yeast, 2 teaspoons sugar
    Single rise focaccia softening yeast for Focaccia recipe
  • Let sit for 10 minutes. Add and mix to make a shaggy dough:
    3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, ½ teaspoon salt
    Single rise focaccia shaggy dough for Focaccia recipe
  • When cohesive as a dough, turn on to a floured counter or board and knead until smooth.
    Single rise focaccia shaggy dough ready to knead for Focaccia recipe
  •  This batch size is small for many stand mixers to knead well. But, if yours works with it, then by all means mix and knead mechanically.
    Single rise focaccia kneaded dough for Focaccia recipe
  • This bread is best when it is about two inches thick. It also benefits from going edge to edge in the baking pan.
    Single rise focaccia dough preparation for Focaccia recipe
  • We used two eight inch cake pans. Put a nice dollop of olive oil in each pan and stretch the dough to cover the bottom evenly. Let rise for about 90 minutes in a warm spot, until doubled in size.
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  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • First step is to poke holes in the dough with a clean cylindrical pen or fat wooden skewer, ¼ inch or less diameter. We poked about a dozen holes in each round. Over each pan, pour ¼ cup olive oil and roll it around to cover evenly. On each loaf sprinkle ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning blend and 1 Tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until well browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
    how to serve Single rise focaccia as sandwich
  • Remove from the pan and cool for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges.
    how to serve Single rise focaccia with pasta
  • Goes great with pasta, but we like the round for a particular reason. When cooled, split like a cake layer. Put some Italian meats and cheese (we used salami, ham, provolone and a flavored Sicilian jack cheese) then warm in the oven until cheese is melted. A perfect group sandwich!


Pro Tip
Make a great warming environment in your oven. Turn it on to any temperature and set a timer for one minute. At one minute turn it off and leave it off. The flash of heat will just warm the inside, perfect for rising dough.
This is where Focaccia becomes fun, and you have some latitude to customize it. Ours is a traditional topping, and we cheat a little by using a commercial ‘Italian Seasoning’ blend to make it easy. You can add cayenne or pepper flakes, heavier cheese, any herb you fancy…have fun!


Calories: 250kcal
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About the Author Nathan Crane

I love to eat and I love to cook. I’ve been getting roped into Jacob’s business ideas for decades now, and Cookware Junkies is the best of the lot. Here at the site, I help with the test kitchens and videos, and do most of the write-ups. [Read More]

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