The Best Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep
1 hr 30 mins
Cook
20 mins

This recipe is from the site italianfoodforever.com. I found it about a year ago and have made it countless times, for countless occasions. I have messed up many things in this recipe and still it always turns out great. It is very simple--I LOVE it! *NOTE: Based on some reviews, you may need to add a bit more water. Remember that there are lots of variables in baking, and that making any kind of yeast bread may require adjustment depending on climate, altitude, and your ingredients. Your success comes from sensing the dough and what it needs, not from following a recipe to the letter. So if it feels dry, add a bit more water a tablespoon at a time until it feels more elastic. For the record, I have never had to add more water.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of the warm water, and let sit 10 minutes until bubbly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, Ts. of salt, yeast mixture and remaining water.
  3. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon and then your hands.
  4. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead by hand for a few minutes or until smooth.
  5. Place in a well oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Punch down and place on an oiled baking sheet, forming into an oval or circle.
  7. Dimple the top surface with your finger tips, and then drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and rosemary.
  8. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  10. Variations: Instead of the rosemary, you might add 2-3 tablespoons of fresh chopped sage to the dough with some Fresh Parmesan on top.
  11. Other alternatives are sliced olives, thinly sliced zucchini or thinly sliced onions.
  12. Such cheeses as grated Parmesan, Mozzarella, or Fontina are also good.