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Focaccia Bread

Homemade Focaccia Bread with Herbs, Garlic, and Olive Oil! A simple yet delicious Italian bread recipe for every occasion.
Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Keyword focaccia bread, focaccia recipe, homemade focaccia
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4
Calories 330kcal
Author Aline Cueni




  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • ½ tbsp dried Italian herbs (rosemary, sage, basil, oregano, thyme)
  • sea salt flakes optional


  • Mix warm water, instant yeast, and sugar in a small bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Mix all-purpose flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add water-yeast-sugar mixture and olive oil and knead for 5-10 minutes at low speed until you have a smooth dough.
  • Grease a large bowl with 1 tsp olive oil, place the dough in it, cover with a damp kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, mix olive oil, garlic, and herbs for the topping in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Punch the dough to deflate and place it on a with parchment paper lined baking tray. Stretch and flatten into a rectangle. Push all your fingers a few times deep into the dough for the typical focaccia look. Cover with a damp kitchen towel, and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Spread with the topping and sprinkle with sea salt flakes (optional). Bake if for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. → Turn 180° in the halftime to allow an even browning.


  • Keeps fresh: Focaccia does taste best when fresh. Freeze leftovers.
  • Freeze: Cut the focaccia in small pieces, place them in a zip bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost for 5-10 minutes in the preheated oven (390°F/200°C). 
  • Variations: Omit the garlic or only use rosemary and olive oil for a change.


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 3mg