The BEST, EASIEST Focaccia Recipe. Can you Believe I am Calling a Focaccia Recipe Easy?!

Let’s dig into the details of this EASY NO KNEAD FOCACCIA RECIPE. I get it you are busy, work, school, children, pets, LIFE! That doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to have this bubbly olive oil Italian bread staple as a part of your weekly baking. This recipe is shockingly easy. It is a NO KNEAD focaccia recipe that will get you the perfect crisp and bubbly, soft, and fragrant olive oil BREAD! It is a NO FAIL RECIPE you don’t want to miss. Be the person that makes focaccia on the regular- your friends and family will thank you for it!

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What is Focaccia?

Focaccia (Italian pronunciation: [foˈkattʃa]; Ligurian: fugassa [fyˈɡasa]) is a flat oven-baked Italian bread similar in style and texture to pizza; in some places, it is called “pizza bianca”. Focaccia is an olive oil-rich Italian bread that resembles a sponge or a springy mattress. It’s crispy and golden on the top and bottom crusts, and inside, it has an airy crumb (meaning there are tons of air holes, big and small, that squish in the best way possible). It is ONE OF MY FAVORITE BREADS.

piece of focaccia on parchment paper

How to Serve Focaccia

Focaccia bread can be eaten as it is. It can be cut into a variety of shapes, including squares, long skinny rectangles, triangles. Since focaccia is pretty thick, focaccia can be sliced in half and used for making sandwiches. It’s also a tasty addition to a bread basket or an accompaniment to a bowl of soup or a salad. 

How thick Should I Make My Focaccia?

Focaccia is sometimes thick (as seen in all of these photos) or sometimes very thin depending on your preference and style. I prefer my focaccia a little thick so I make it in a classic 13X9 glass baking dish with a hight of 2 inches. If you like a thinner focaccia you can follow the exact same recipe and use a Cookie sheet with a hight of 0.75 inches.

Tips for Storing Focaccia

Storing: The focaccia will keep at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, for 2 days. Reheat in a 375-degree oven for 10 minutes. To freeze focaccia, cut it in pieces, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, place in resealable plastic freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month.

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Focaccia is a great treat to wrap and bring to a friend or neighbor!

Focaccia Toppings

I recommend starting your focaccia journey with this plain recipe that does not include toppings. The salty olive oil brine is enough to make this a tasty treat all by itself. Once you taste it you can explore options by adding different toppings.

Common focaccia bread toppings include olives, mushrooms, green onions, or tomatoes. Rosemary focaccia is also quite popular and sage is another herb that is often used instead of rosemary. In Italy, there are a lot of regional-based focaccia variations. For example, in the Northwest of Italy, there is a popular recipe for focaccia dolce (sweet focaccia). It’s made with a focaccia base that is sprinkled with sugar and incorporated into the dough are raisins, honey, or other sweet ingredients (courtesy of All About Focaccia Bread)

FLAKE SALT I LOVE!! MALDONS

Great Basic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for This Recipe COLAVITA

Focaccia Story: Nonno Livio’s Bribe

Every summer morning my Nonno Livio walked to the market to get the newspaper. He went separate from my nonna and aunts who went for the other food items. He loved when we went with him, but he often went early (before 8 a.m)… and those lazy summer mornings were meant for snoozing as the salty sea breeze gently waltzed through the window. Nonno cherished our company so much he would bribe us to come with him. His bribes included a sweet pastry or savory bread, like focaccia, and even gelato! (shhh! don’t tell Nonna Laura). The way he came and gave us mustache kisses and little pinches on our arm to wake us up is a memory I can feel to this day. I didn’t really need the bribe to want to go with him, but I happily took the offer.

I wrote a story about Slow Walk with Nonno Livio, if you would like a little more into that experience.

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Italian Focaccia Bread in a pan and a wooden board

Easy No-Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe (Italian)

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 8-24 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 12 minute
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

EASY AND DELICIOUS ITLAIN FOCACCIA RECIPE! This recipe is shockingly easy. It is a NO KNEAD focaccia recipe that will get you the perfect crisp and bubbly, soft, and fragrant olive oil BREAD! It is a NO FAIL RECIPE YOU don’t want to miss.


Ingredients

• 1 ¼-oz. envelope active dry yeast (about 2¼ tsp.)

• 2 1/2 cups (590 ml) lukewarm water (98 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit, 36.5 to 40.5 Celsius)

• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 

• 5 cups (625 g) all-purpose flour

• 1 tablespoon kosher salt

• 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for hands such as, COLAVITA

• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing pan

• Flake sea salt, such a Maldons 


Instructions

1. Place 2½ cups lukewarm water in a medium/large mixing bowl. Add the yeast and sugar. Stir slightly but do not mix. Let sit 5-10 minutes (it should foam or at least get creamy; if it doesn’t your yeast is dead and you should start again—check the expiration date!).

2. Add flour and kosher salt and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until a shaggy dough forms and no dry streaks remain. It will seem a little wet. That is normal. 

3. Pour 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil into a big bowl that will fit in your refrigerator. Transfer dough to bowl and turn to coat in oil. Turn over a few times, but do NOT mix in the oil with the dough.  Cover plastic wrap and chill until dough is doubled in size (it should look very bubbly and alive), at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. If you’re in a rush, you can also let it rise at room temperature until doubled in size, 3–4 hours. The longer you let it raise in the fridge the more it flavorful it will be. 

4. Grease your desired baking pan or baking sheet depended on preference (classic 9X13 glass baking dish  or 9X13 cookie sheet ) with butter. Add the 1 Tbs olive oil to the baking pan and coat bottom. Take out dough from the fridge, uncover, and punch down one time. Then turn the dough over a few times in the bowl. Move dough to the prepared pan. Pour any oil left in bowl over and turn dough to coat it in oil. Let rise, uncovered, in a dry, warm spot (like near a radiator or on top of the fridge or a preheating oven) until doubled in size, at least 1½ hours and up to 4 hours.

5. Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 450°. To see if the dough is ready, poke it with your finger. It should spring back slowly, leaving a small visible indentation. Lightly oil your hands. If using a rimmed baking sheet, gently stretch out dough to fill (you won’t need to do this if using a baking pan). Dimple focaccia all over with your fingers. This is my favorite part! Keep poking away until there are lots of poke marks in the dough. 

6.Drizzle the top of poked dough with remaining 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Bake focaccia until puffed and golden brown all over, 20–30 minutes. OPtional: brush lightly with olive oil at the right after taking it out of the oven. Enjoy warm or cold! 

 


Notes

Makes great sandwich bread. Simple cut a slice in half lengthwise and use for a sandwich! 

Storing: The focaccia will keep at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, for 2 days. Reheat in a 375-degree oven for 10 minutes. To freeze focaccia, cut it in pieces, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, place in resealable plastic freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. *I do not recommend freezing the tomatoes. Remove them before freezing.

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