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Traditional Focaccia Bread

Learn how to make homemade focaccia bread. It's an Italian flatbread flavoured with olive oil and fresh rosemary. You just need a few simple ingredients!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rising Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Pizza / Focaccia
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: focaccia bread with rosemary
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 268kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose or bread flour (250 grams)
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • ½ teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm milk 2% (100-105F / 40C)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon lukewarm water (100-105F / 40C) (132 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In the bowl of the stand up mixer whisk together the flour, sugar and yeast, make a well in the middle and add the milk and oil, start to knead with the dough hook, add the water a little at a time and knead 2 minutes (on speed #2), then add the salt and knead 3 minutes until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Cover the mixing bowl with a damp towel and let rest 20 minutes, then knead again on speed #2 for 1 minute. Cover the bowl again and let rest 15 minutes. Knead again for 1 minute.
  • Move the dough to a lightly floured flat surface and knead for 30 seconds and form into a smooth ball. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, turning the dough to lightly cover in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 450F (230C).
  • Place the dough on a lightly oiled cookie sheet*, and let rest 20 minutes. Then stretch the dough to fit the cookie sheet. Make indentations with your fingers, sprinkle with coarse salt, chopped rosemary and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Drizzle with a little more olive oil when baked. Enjoy!

*I used a baking pan approximately 13x9 inches (33x22 cm).



    Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 3mg