Rosemary Focaccia Bread

"Nothing is better than smelling fresh rosemary and fresh baking bread! This has been a favorite of mine for several years now. Prep-time includes rising time."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins
2 loafs




  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, yeast, 1 tablespoon rosemary and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
  • With a wooden spoon, stir in water and 3 tablespoons olive oil; beat mixture vigorously for 5 minutes.
  • Cover bowl with a clean towel and let dough rise in a warm place, away from drafts, until doubled in size (about 40 minutes).
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface and gently knead for one minute.
  • Lightly oil two large baking sheets (I use baking stones).
  • Divide dough in half, placing one half on each baking sheet.
  • Press or roll out each to a 10-inch round.
  • Cover rounds with clean towels and let rise until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • With finger tips, make indentions all over surface of focaccia and brush each round with 1/2 tablespoon remaining olive oil.
  • Sprinkle rounds with remaining rosemary and sea salt.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until golden.
  • Cut in wedges and serve warm.

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  1. This is now my favorite, "go to" recipe for focaccia! I made it as directed, with two exceptions: I did not have bread flour, so used regular, all-purpose flour, and also sprinkled a mix of Italian herbs into the flour before mixing. The directions and rising/cooking time were perfect. I did, however, cook the loaves separately; one on a baking stone and one on a baking sheet. The loaf on the baking stone came out the best - crustier and a nicer golden brown. The bread was absolutely delicious and looked wonderful. I'll be using this recipe a LOT - it really doesn't take very long to make, and the taste is scrumptious. Definite winner, Kim!
  2. Yummmm - this is delicious. Made tonight to go with lasagne and salad - it's just come out of the oven and already half of one loaf is gone. My eldest son has a "thing" for focaccia at the moment so he will be taking some for school lunches. I made it almost exactly to the recipe except, like Lizzie-Babette, I used all-purpose flour. Also I cooked for slightly longer (my oven's slow), it really looks, smells and tastes great. Definitely making this again (and again). Thanks Kim D.
  3. I followed the instructions as written and the result was a delicious loaf. The only change I made was to add Parmesan on the top.
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  4. This recipe is perfect. I've made it many times and everyone loves it! I generally add different herbs and spices depending on availability. Newcomers to bread baking must pay close attention to the temperature of their liquid. Too hot will kill the yeast. Thank you.
  5. This is the perfect focaccia recipe, since I first tried it I have used it every time I needed to make bread. I also make different toppings (roasted veg, etc.) for it and it is always a great success.


  1. I halved this recipe and made one round loaf. Had to ration everyone's "tasting" when it was ready in the evening so there would be any left for breakfast, was gone in a flash the next day. I substituted 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary for each tablespoon of fresh, crushed it with my fingers first and let it soak in the olive oil a little. And didn't have kosher or sea salt so I substituted normal salt using half the amount. I added some minced garlic on top. Excellent recipe, wonderful dipped in balsamic vinegar.


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