Super Quick Garlic & Olive "better Than" Focaccia

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is from "Quick & Simple" by James Barber and it sure is! I usually make it in a round pie tin, not the baking sheet he recommends. I don't add the black olives because I don't care for them. This was titled as just a focaccia but after PAC with Dwynnie reviewing my recipe she mentioned that it has a bit of a biscut type texture so we came up with a new name. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Stir in the olive oil and garlic then add the water or milk to make a dough.
  3. Knead gently on floured board.
  4. Roll into round shape and pat onto an ungreased 8" round flat pizza dish, baking tray or put into a pie pan.
  5. Poke holes all over with your fingers.
  6. Drizzle with a little olive oil and some grated parmesan cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes in a 400F/200C oven.
  7. Serve with chopped black olives in the indentations and olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip.
Most Helpful

This was a good, very easy, quick bread with a bowl of soup! It has more of a biscuit-like texture than some focaccia (as there is no yeast) and wonderful flavor! A keeper! Thank you!

Dwynnie September 18, 2006

Easy and loved it although nowhere did it tell me when to add the Rosemary in the directions!

richardgz2005 August 25, 2015

This is a great recipe for a first time focaccia attempt. Since that first attempt, I've made the recipe several times, each time bravely adding ingredients to the dough and sprinkling whatever I have on hand on the top. I've had good results with the addition of 1/3 cup of shredded cheese added to the dough. I've used left over buttermilk as the liquid. It is great w/ olives, thinly sliced onions, and rosemary on the top. And it is absolutely great w/ a glass of wine and a shallow bowl of olive oil to dip the bread once it is out of the oven Yum.

vphuns_4848255 January 15, 2013