The BEST, EASIEST Focaccia Recipe. Tomato and Herb Version!

What happens when you place gorgeous, sweet heirloom tomatoes on olive oil and herb focaccia? Let me tell you. The soft interior of the focaccia and crispy, salty, herby outer layer meet the sweetest jammy cooked tomato to create the perfect balance of flavor and texture. The herbs and tomatoes on the In Italy we find this type of focaccia in all the bread bakery’s. It’s already sliced and wrapped in parchment paper for a little snack ‘al volvo’ on the fly. Bring this mouthwatering herb tomato focaccia recipe to your cucina today! Best part? It is no knead and super easy to make.

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Easy and Best Focaccia Bread

Why is this focaccia so easy? After mixing the flour, yeast, sugar, and water in a bowl with a wooden spoon you will transfer the mixture to an olive oil “bath” and let it sit. You can let it rise in the fridge for 8-12 hours or do the quick method on the counter of 3-4 hours. I do it both ways and love them both. The one that sits in the fridge gets a more “flavorful” taste from the fermentation of the yeast and flour. Either way, it is DELICIOUS. Then, for my favorite part, after the second rise is the dimpling of the dough with your fingers to make the classic indentations classic to the real Italian focaccia bread. From start to finish this focaccia recipe is EASY and also, therapeutic to make. Get your hands in that olive oil and feel the bubbly dough with your hands too!

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 tomatoes are BEST for Tomato Focaccia?

I love the uniquely sweet and beautiful presentation of heirloom tomatoes! With that said, they are sometimes hard to find and often more expensive. Other TOMATO varieties I recommend:

  • Roma
  • Cherry tomatoes of any kind (simply cut in half)
  • Beefsteak
  • Plum
  • Campari

Really, any tomatoes that are ripe, sweet, and not mushy or tasteless :).

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How to Serve Tomato Focaccia

Focaccia bread can be eaten as it is. The addition of tomatoes almost gives it a pizza like taste. Focaccia 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. Stuff it with ham, mozzarella, more tomatoes, and slather with fresh homemade pesto. It’s also a tasty addition to a bread basket or an accompaniment to a bowl of soup or a salad. 

Slather homemade pesto on top of this tomato focaccia

Fresh Arugula Walnut Pesto (vegan recipe)

Pesto Genovese (classic basil pesto)

Tomato Focaccia close up

Olive Oil and Salt I love for Making Focaccia

FLAKE SALT I LOVE!! MALDONS

Great Basic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for This Recipe COLAVITA

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. *I do not recommend freezing the tomatoes. Remove them before freezing.

Use this Focaccia Recipe if you prefer plain focaccia. In that post I also share, A Focaccia Story: Nonno Livio’s Bribe, a cute story about when I was a little girl in Italy.

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best focaccia EASY RECIPE

Tomato Herb Focaccia (Easy No Knead)

  • Author: Elena Davis

Ingredients

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  • 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 
  • 1 tablespoon mixed Italian herbs (thyme, oregano, and rosemary) 
  • 1 large heirloom tomato, cut into slices  
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin 

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 in a warm place 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 and herbs. Place the tomato slices gently on top of the dough and distribute garlic over the top. 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

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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