Loaded with flavor, this Garlic Rosemary Focaccia Bread recipe turns out with a crispy, golden crust on both the top and bottom with an airy texture inside. Perfect for dipping, dunking, or sandwich making.
Garlic Rosemary Focaccia Bread
If you’ve never made focaccia bread at home, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is. This Italian flatbread bakes up in a regular baking pan after a short rise. You can add garlic and rosemary as I have or change up the focaccia dough and top it with your favorite herbs or vegetables.
Focaccia Bread Recipe
Focaccia bread is also quite versatile, it can be eaten on its own, dipped in olive oil or balsamic vinegar, or used as a sandwich. I often serve it as an appetizer when we have guests over and serve it with a side of Asian Bean Dip or this Cool Spinach Dip. Leftover focaccia still tastes great the next day but you can always pop it in the toaster oven to crisp it up again.
Garlic Bread Focaccia
This straightforward focaccia recipe is easy to follow, even if this is the first time you’ll be making this Italian bread from scratch. You’ll find it’s one of the easiest breads to bake and only needs one rise so it bakes up quickly.
Ingredients for homemade focaccia bread
For complete ingredients and instructions scroll to the bottom of this post for the full printable recipe.
- Olive oil – I prefer extra virgin olive oil but regular works.
- Warm water
- Salt – Any kind of salt will work in this bread recipe, you can use table salt, kosher salt, or flaky sea salt.
- Flour – You don’t need bread flour to make this focaccia recipe, just all-purpose flour.
- Instant dry yeast – Instant yeast helps this bread rise. You can also use active dry yeast though it may take a little longer for your dough to rise.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic cloves, minced add a nice flavor to the focaccia.
- Rosemary sprigs – Fresh rosemary sprigs, chopped add even more flavor.
How to make garlic rosemary focaccia bread
If you thought homemade bread was a lot of work, you’ll be surprised at how easily this recipe comes together. Here are the simple steps to the perfect bread.
First: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and yeast. Whisk well.
Second: Create a well in the center of the flour yeast mixture and add the warm water and 3 tbsp olive oil.
Third: Use your hands or an electric mixer to beat the dough until well combined, 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Fourth: Pour the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil into a 9×13 inch rectangular pan and scoop the batter into the oiled pan. The dough rise will take 1 hour in a warm place.
Fifth: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Sixth: Using your fingers, gently poke the dough to create holes. Cover the dough with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Add the garlic and rosemary and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Once the bread has come to room temperature, you can cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and it will keep for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the bread for up to 3 months.
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FAQs about this easy focaccia recipe
- How is focaccia different from bread? Focaccia is a yeasted flatbread. Focaccia is baked in a baking pan and doesn’t rise as high as sandwich bread. Baked focaccia has a crispy top and bottom and no crust per se.
- What is special about focaccia bread? Focaccia is a hearty bread that is made with more yeast than regular bread as well as more protein and fats.
- How are you supposed to eat focaccia bread? Focaccia bread can be eaten in any number of ways, dipped in balsamic vinegar or extra-virgin olive oil, or you can make a focaccia sandwich with your favorite sandwich fillings. You can also it for dipping and it makes a great substitute for pizza dough.
- What do you call focaccia in Italy? Focaccia is also called focaccia in Italy.
- How to make this recipe gluten-free? If you want to make a gluten-free focaccia you can substitute a gluten-free all-purpose flour.
- How do you pronounce Focaccia? It is pronounced ‘fuh-ka-chuh.’
- What is Focaccia? Focaccia is an Italian flatbread that can be sweet or savory. It is baked in a baking pan and turns out with a crispy top and bottom.
Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!
If rosemary isn’t your thing feel free to substitute other fresh herbs.
Use a sprinkling of Italian seasoning if you don’t have any herbs on hand.
Try gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour to make a gluten-free focaccia.
Tips & Tricks
Make roasted tomato garlic bread and place cherry tomatoes on the surface of the dough before baking.
Sprinkle a touch of parmesan cheese on the baked focaccia while it is still warm for a cheesy garlic focaccia bread.
Focaccia bread toppings are endless so feel free to use your favorite herbs, vegetables, or cheese.
Use the bread as the crust for Focaccia Pizza.
Store leftovers in an airtight container.
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Savor the perfect blend of garlic and rosemary in this crispy and chewy Garlic Rosemary Focaccia bread. It makes a great addition to any meal any night of the week.
- 5 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon instant dry yeast
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- Fresh rosemary sprigs, chopped
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and yeast. Whisk well.
- Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the warm water and 3 tbsp olive oil.
- Use your hands or an electric mixer to beat the dough until well combined. 1-2 minutes.
- Pour the remaining 2 Tablespoons olive oil into a 9x13-inch pan and scoop the batter into the oiled pan.
- Allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Using your fingers, gently poke the dough to create holes. Drizzle the dough with a little extra olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Add the garlic and rosemary.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 355mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.