This delicious easy focaccia bread is simple to make and comes out perfect every time. It’s a light and fluffy flatbread bread that can be flavoured with any topping you like. Great as a sandwich bread, perfect on the dinner table with any number of dishes or, just eat it as a delicious snack.
About This Bread
- This is a soft, light and fluffy flatbread.
- Quick and fuss free with less than 10 minutes hands on time.
- It’s the perfect base for any number of toppings.
- Budget friendly.
- The perfect bread for beginners and busy people.
Tips For Making This
- You will need a very large mixing bowl; it will be used for mixing as well as a place for the dough to rise.
- Use a large sturdy wooden spoon for mixing, and make sure that everything is well mixed.
- The dough should be slightly soft and sticky, if it’s not, add a tablespoon or two more of water.
- Tightly cover the bowl with plastic food wrap, place it in a warm area and allow to double in size – this can take anywhere between 1 ½ – 3 hours.
- After the first rise it is time to shape the loaves. The dough can be divided and placed into two baking tins as instructed in the recipe below.
- However, if you don’t have suitable tins, you can still make this bread using baking trays. After dividing the dough shape into to balls, place the dough onto oiled baking trays (or trays lined with baking paper). Lightly rub a little olive oil onto each of the dough balls. Then with oiled fingers poke holes all over the dough, gently press and spreading the dough until it is about 2 cm (a little less than 1 inch) thick.
- After the second rise and before adding the topping you can give the bread more “dimples” if you like, by pressing oiled fingers right dough to the bottom of the dough repeatedly all over the dough.
- Next add your choice of topping and then bake. If you don’t have a preference I have included a simple garlic and herb topping in the recipe.
12 Simple Focaccia Bread Toppings
With all these focaccia topping ideas don’t forget to drizzle over 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil, before popping into the oven.
- Olive oil and sea salt.
- Caramelised onions.
- Sage and mozzarella cheese.
- Thinly sliced garlic cloves and fresh rosemary leaves.
- Cherry tomato halves (cut sides up) and basil leaves.
- Anchovy fillets, capers, corn kernels, fresh or dry oregano and bottled artichoke hearts.
- Mozzarella cheese, goats’ cheese, parmesan cheese, fresh or dried rosemary.
- Sun dried tomatoes, black olives, red onion slices and feta cheese.
- Thin slices of tomato and dried herbs with grated parmesan added after baking.
- Thin slices of red onion, thinly sliced garlic, sliced black olives, grated cheese, sea salt and dried herbs.
- Zaatar (A Lebanese spice blend) get the recipe from masalaherb.com).
- Generous dusting of garlic and onion powers, a light sprinkle of Italian herbs and a little sea salt.
Tips And Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Is Focaccia Bread Made Of?
Focaccia is a simple Italian flat bread made using a high gluten flour (bakers’ flour or strong flour), salt, sugar, yeast, water and olive oil.
2. How to Eat Focaccia Bread
Focaccia can be eaten as is. It can be cut into wedges, long thin slices or the bread can be sliced in half to create a thick sandwich bread. The flavours of this bread can be made to suit many different dishes depending on the toppings added to it. It’s great for soups, can be eaten with salads, made into sandwiches, can be used to mop up stews and saucy pasta dishes.
3. Can You Eat Focaccia Cold?
Focaccia bread can be eaten hot, warm or cold and is at its best eaten the day it was made.
4. Can Focaccia Dough Be Made In Advance?
Yes, focaccia dough can be made in advance. Prepare the dough to the first rise stage, then tightly cover with plastic food wrap and store overnight in the fridge.
When you’re ready to finish the bread, continue with the recipe instructions where you left off. But be aware that you will have increase the time for the second rise because the dough is cold.
5. Does Focaccia Have Milk In It?
Focaccia bread is milk free.
6. Can You Freeze Focaccia Bread?
Yes, focaccia bread can be frozen. To freeze tightly wrap in a double layer of plastic, and don’t forget date and label it before freezing.
7. How Do You Reheat Focaccia Bread?
If you have frozen focaccia allow it to thaw before reheating in the oven. To reheat in the oven, remove and discard the plastic food wrap, tightly wrap the bread in aluminium foil. Place in a preheated 200°C (390°F) for about 10 – 15 minutes or until hot.
8. How do You Refresh Focaccia Bread?
You can refresh focaccia by sprinkling a little water over the bread, then tightly wrap in aluminium foil and reheat as instructed above in question 7. You can tell that it’s ready by pressing the bread if it feels soft it is ready.
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Easy Focaccia Bread – No knead
- Two 25 x 20 cm rectangle baking tins or two 23 cm round cake tins
- Large mixing bowl
- Kitchen scale
- Measuring jug
- Measuring spoons
- 560 grams bread flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 10 grams yeast 2 ¼ teaspoons
- 420 grams water plus a little extra if needed
- 6 teaspoons olive oil for topping, plus a little extra for greasing the tins
Topping Suggestion – Or Topping of Your Choice
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried Italian herbs
- Sea salt crystals
Make the Dough
- Into a large mixing bowl place, the flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Mix to combine the dry ingredients.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour, pour in the water. Use a wooden spoon to create a soft wet dough.
- Tightly cover the bowl with plastic and place in a warm area, allow to double in size – this can take anywhere between 1 ½ – 3 hours.
Prepare the baking tins by coating inside base and sides of the tins with a little olive oil.
- Use a scraper, to scrape the dough from the sides of the bowl, divide into two, and place in the prepared tins.
- Pour about 1 teaspoon of olive oil over each dough ball, then use your hands to rub it over the dough.
- With your fingers still oiled, press into the dough so that it spreads and fills the tin in an even layer.
- Loosely cover the tins with a piece of plastic food wrap. Place in a warm area and allow to double in size – this can take about 30 – 60 minutes.Note: This bread can also be baked without tins. When you come to step 1 grease two baking trays, and shape the divided dough into balls, place a dough ball on each of the trays, using lightly oiled fingers to press into the dough and spread it out so that it’s about 2 cm (a little less than 1 inch) thick. Then follow the rest of the recipe.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) about 10 – 15 minutes before the end of the second rise.
- You can get creative and add any topping you like to this dough or use the one below.Garlic and herb topping: Dust the top with garlic and onion powder – be generous here otherwise you won’t get the flavours. Then lightly sprinkle with the Italian herbs – be careful not to use too much as these can be overpowering. Then scatter over a little salt, and drizzle over 2- 3 teaspoon of olive oil on each of the loaves.
- Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the tops turns golden brown, and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
- Remove from the oven, allow to cool in the tins for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into slices or wedges.
This focaccia bread recipe was first published on September 30, 2019. Updated with new images on April 16,2020.
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