I can’t even tell you about the amount of times I have baked this simple and delicious bread. It is one of my favorite things to bake and I never get bored of it. Focaccia is an Italian flat bread that is similar to a pizza base. It can be either thin and crispy or a bit thicker and fluffy. It can be served as an appetizer or snack and makes great sandwiches!
The most popular version of focaccia is with olive oil and sea salt. Some herbs such as thyme or rosemary are added as well. You can also add many different toppings such as tomatoes, olives, cheese, etc. Today I’m gonna be making a plain and simple focaccia with olive oil, sea salt and rosemary.
I really hope you give this recipe a try, you certainly won’t regret it! Also, experiment with different toppings and let me know which one is your favorite. If nothing comes to your mind just think of what toppings you like on a pizza and it will probably be just as good on a focaccia 😊
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 ½ cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 packet dried yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (+ more for greasing the pan and coating the focaccia)
- coarse sea salt
- fresh rosemary
- Add the sugar and yeast to the warm water, give it a stir and set aside to let the yeast bloom for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl mix the flour with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon dried rosemary.
- Pour the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix everything together and start kneading the dough. Keep kneading the dough until you have a clean bowl (this should take around 5 minutes).
- Coat both the dough and your bowl with some olive oil. Next, cover the bowl with cling wrap and a tea towel and let the dough rest for an hour.
- Grease a 23x23cm (9×9-inch) pan with olive oil. Transfer the dough to the pan and spread it out evenly with your hands. Let the dough rest again for around 20 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 230°C/445°F.
- Push your fingers through the focaccia to create small dimples on the surface. Brush some olive oil on top and sprinkle with a generous amount of sea salt and some fresh rosemary. If you want you can also add some other ingredients at this point such as: olives, dried tomatoes, etc.
- Bake your focaccia for around 15-20 minutes or until you see that the crust is golden brown.
- Let cool for around 10 minutes, cut into squares and enjoy!