Rosemary Focaccia Bread

This delicious Rosemary Focaccia Bread recipe is easy to make, and tastes so rich and wonderful with the addition of fresh rosemary, olive oil and flaked sea salt.

My all-time FAVORITE recipe for homemade focaccia bread. It's easy to make, and so delicious with all of that extra rosemary, olive oil and sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com

A few years ago, our Kansas City tribe lost one of our best — our Cammie — to the Wild Wild West (of Denver, obvs ?) where she went to go live with her love.  It was a wild and wonderful move, and we’re all thankful that it worked out for the best, but we still miss her around here like crazy.

BUT.  I’ve gotta say that — more than anyone else I know — Cammie more than makes up for her absence by being the freaking best organizer of our old friends every time she makes a regular visit to town.  Seriously, I feel like the girl organizes more happy hours than any of our friends, and she doesn’t even live here anymore!  ?   But what’s even better is that she organizes get-togethers at people’s houses.  So about a week before her arrival, we can always count on a text from Cammie announcing that she’s in need of a house.  And then sure enough, she always follows through and does all of the legwork rallying everyone together and planning a meal, and then — voila — an awesome time together with always ensues.

(Oh, and bonus — Cammie is probably my friend who loves ALDI even more than I do.  So I can always count on her to show up with a grocery bag full of new finds that we can oooh and ahhhh and “omg-I-love-that-cheese-too!” together.)

This past Friday night, I ended up being the lucky hostess of a last-minute happy hour that Cammie pulled together when she decided to come to town at the last minute.  I was feeling pooped after a long work week that afternoon, trying to rally for the evening ahead.  But the second that all of our girlfriends started showing up, and the hugs and hellos were passed around, and the wine glasses started being filled, and we all filled up our plates with warm Italian lentil soup and Caesar salad and and freshly-baked focaccia bread, and relaxed back into our chairs around the table — I couldn’t have been happier.  I love these friends of mine so much.  And oh my gosh, I was reminded how I love our conversations about everything from good wines to magic realism to Mahershala Ali to Facebook ads for creepy earthquake beds (seriously, YouTube them) to Barcelona to skincare to Jeff Sessions and more so much.  And oh my gosh, I laugh with them until my cheeks hurt so much.

So much love for this crew.  ?

Anyway, suffice it to say, it was yet another memorable night thanks to our fearless organizer.  And it also ended up being a fantastic meal, thanks to this ultra-easy soup recipe, my favorite Costco kale salad, tons of delicious ALDI cheese and crackers, and this ultra-comforting rosemary focaccia bread recipe, which I can’t seem to stop making lately.

Fresh rosemary is the starring ingredient in this delicious focaccia recipe! | gimmesomeoven.com

Like, seriously.  I made this bread three times last week, and still loved every last bite of it.  ?

I mean, let’s be real, I forever and always love just about any bread that is served warm and fresh right out of the oven.  But there’s something extra magical about warm, comforting, decadent focaccia bread.  Especially this recipe, which is kicked up a major notch with lots of fresh rosemary, extra drizzles of olive oil, and a generous sprinkle of flaked sea salt.  Oh my heavens, it seriously is all of my bread dreams come true.

And the best part?

It’s so easy to make!

The dough for this focaccia bread recipe is easy to make, and tastes so delicious when baked up to golden perfection. | gimmesomeoven.com

Just whip up a simple batch of dough.  (Trust me, even if you’re new to working with yeast, the instructions below will walk you through each and every step.  You’ve got this!)  Then once it has risen, and then proofed, and then been rolled out onto a baking sheet…

Seriously the BEST recipe for homemade focaccia! It's sprinkled with lots of fresh rosemary and sea salt, drizzled with yummy olive oil, and baked to golden perfection. | gimmesomeoven.com

…use your fingers to poke the heck out of the dough (which creates yummy little pockets for the olive oil to pool, and also prevents your dough from rising too high while baking).  Then drizzle lots of olive oil on top, and sprinkle the dough with fresh rosemary leaves and flaked sea salt.  Bake it for about 20 minutes, or until everything’s nice and golden.

This delicious Rosemary Focaccia Bread is perfect for any good Italian dinner! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then give it onnnnnne more healthy drizzle of olive oil, for good measure.  Slice it up…serve…

Seriously the BEST focaccia bread recipe I have ever tried! And it's incredibly easy to make. | gimmesomeoven.com

…and enjoy.

Seriously, I haven’t had this many requests from friends (and from Barclay) for a recipe to show up on the blog in awhile.  So without further ado, here it is!  Hope that you enjoy it as much as we did, and hope that you can share it with some of your favorite people too.  ?

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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

This Rosemary Focaccia Bread recipe is ultra-comforting and delicious, and kicked up a notch with the addition of lots of fresh rosemary and flaked sea salt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cup warm water (about 110°F*)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or honey
  • 1 (0.25 ounce) package active-dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 teaspoons flaked sea salt
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • flaked sea salt

Directions:

  1. Add warm water (*about 110°F, which you can measure with a thermometer if you want to be sure it’s the right temp) and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough attachment, and stir to combine.  Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water.  Give the yeast a quick stir to mix it in with the water.  Then let it sit for 5-10 minute until the yeast is foamy.
  2. Turn the mixer onto low speed, and add gradually flour, olive oil and salt.  Increase speed to medium-low, and continue mixing the dough for 5 minutes.  (If the dough is too sticky and isn’t pulling away from the sides of the bowl, add in an extra 1/4 cup flour while it is mixing.)
  3. Remove dough from the mixing bowl, and use your hands to shape it into a ball.  Grease the mixing bowl (or a separate bowl) with olive oil or cooking spray, then place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover it with a damp towel.  Place in a warm location (I set mine by the window) and let it rise for 45-60 minutes, or until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and roll it out into a large circle or rectangle until that the dough is about 1/2-inch thick*.  Cover the dough with a greased piece of plastic wrap, and let the dough continue to rise for another 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap, and transfer the dough to a large baking sheet.  Use your fingers to poke deep dents (seriously, poke all the way down to the baking sheet!) all over the surface of the dough.  Then drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil evenly all over the top of the dough, and sprinkle evenly with the fresh rosemary needles and sea salt.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the dough is slightly golden and cooked through.  Remove from the oven, and drizzle with a little more olive oil if desired.
  7. Slice, and serve warm.

*Different people have different preferences on the thickness of their focaccia.  I err on liking a thicker bread, so if you want yours thinner, just roll it out a little more.  It will rise up considerably while baking.  :)

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80 comments on “Rosemary Focaccia Bread”

  1. Sounds like your friends had great fun and really enjoyed your recipe! :)

    Charmaine Ng

  2. I love cooking and love your blog, baking, on the other side ALWAYS scares me. Baking is more of a science, cooking is playing with food :).
    This totally looks easy, I might just have to try it.

    • Thank you, Tanya! And we hear you, baking can be scary, but this recipe is actually easier than you would think — we hope you can give it a try! :)

  3. I’m currently drinking a green smoothie, yet WISHING I had this focaccia bread instead. ?

  4. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this one.

    Just a quick question/request – could you add ingredient amounts in grams along with the cup/spoon measurements? 3 and 1/2 cups of flour could vary a lot based on how you scoop it, for instance. Just a tiny suggestion! :)

    • Hi Kate! For metric conversions, we love this site: http://www.epicurious.com/tools/conversions We hope it helps!

  5. Focaccia is one of my favorite breads to have around the house, and I’ve never thought about making it on my own until now. Thanks for this recipe! Can’t wait to give it a go!

  6. Focaccia always reminds me of my grandmother!!  She made it almost weekly growing up.  Rosemary is the best kind in my opinion.  Although my husband discovered pizza focaccia in the Cinque Terre and always wants to know where the sauce and cheese are;) 

    • That’s awesome, Maria! And we agree, we think rosemary focaccia is the best kind. :)

  7. OH MAN. This looks amazing!!!!!!!!

  8. Your recipe says to use a baking sheet, but your photo is round.  Can you tell me what size my round pan needs to be in order to look like yours?  Thanks!

    • Hi Tomas! This is the baking sheet we used…

    • Hi! Currently in the bowl rising! I couldn’t see your response on what you used to bake it. How did you get that beautiful round shape?

    • Hi Kimberly! We just baked it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The beautiful round shape is just thanks to some good, fresh yeast and a good rise! :) We hope you enjoy!

    • I think what you asking is this. How do you get your dough in a round configuration?
      It is as simple as playdough used to be. Simply form it in a round ball, then flatten it with your hands. As it rises for 1/2 an hour you THEN put your dimples in your dough for it to catch the olive oil and salt. Doesn’t require a special pan, just a flat baking sheet or one with sides, but you can make it any shape you wish. Hope this helps, it didn’t sound like your question was answered

  9. Ali,

    Friends like Cammie are precious and a total treasure. Love this recipe and can’t wait to try it.

  10. This bread looks to die for. Salty, chewy, crispy…yummm

  11. I love Focaccia bread and this one looks so beautiful and very inviting!

  12. I love having a recipe now for making focaccia.  I’ve been baking my own bread for many years (when I’m not too lazy), so the yeast is not a problem.  Thanks for posting this.

  13. This looks so good!  This is probably a dumb question, but do you use a dough hook or a paddle attachment when mixing this up?

    • Thank you, Kim, we hope you enjoy it! And that’s not a dumb question at all — we use a dough hook. :)

  14. Tried this tonight and LOVED it! I added a bit more flour because it was a tad bit too sticky while it was in the stand mixer, but it turned out absolutely perfect. Served it on the side of some beans & greens and smashed potatoes. Thanks so much!

  15. Thanks! Can’t wait to try this! It looks delicious

  16. That looks sooooooo good! Cant wait to try!

  17. Do you have tips for those of us who are stand-mixer-less? This looks amazing and I want to have at it! Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda! Another reader made this the other day (sans mixer), and this is what she wrote: “For anyone else who doesn’t, just stir it (i used a wooden spoon) and then once it comes together, knead it for about 5 mins! if you’re not sure how to knead dough, I’m sure youtube has videos.” You shouldn’t have to knead it too long. We hope this helps and that you enjoy the focaccia! :)

  18. oh my gosh, made this today and it is SO. GOOD. i love focaccia and this was so simple! i don’t have a dough hook for my kitchenmaid – for anyone else who doesn’t, just stir it (i used a wooden spoon) and then once it comes together, knead it for about 5 mins! if you’re not sure how to knead dough, i’m sure youtube has videos.

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Courtney — we’re so happy you loved it and that you were able to make do without the KitchenAid! :)

  19. Focaccia is THE BEST!! Seriously drooling just looking at these pics! Need to give this baby a try!!

  20. I always assumed this was so hard to make, thank you for sharing this recipe! I would love to try it sometime!

    x Annabelle

  21. I made this today…Easy to make!! Was so good!! I made a big pot of white bean turkey chili, and it went perfect with it!!!

  22. I made this for the first time today, and my hubby – a self-proclaimed bread aficionado and fairly picky eater – couldn’t stop raving about it! He said I need to make this bread every time I make spaghetti from now on, which is about once a week in our house! This was so easy, and our two girls enjoyed helping, especially with the poking holes part! Thank you!

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Jenny — we’re so happy you and your family enjoyed it! :)

  23. This looks incredible, I love focaccia and think the addition of rosemary is perfect!

  24. I make this but add sun dried tomatoes in olive oil and halved pitted black olives..!This is a good recipe.

  25. I may be a bit dense here but it wasn’t clear when you say to cover the dough with plastic wrap after it’s been rolled whether you meant that we should just cover the dough where it lays (after rolling) with plastic OR to wrap it up in plastic. Could you clarify for the slower among us? Thanks.

    • Good question! Just lay a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the dough where it lays after rolling — you don’t need to wrap it in plastic all the way around. Sorry for the confusion! :)

  26. This was my first time making yeast bread and it turned out DELICIOUS! Other focaccia bread  I’ve had at restaurants tend to be a little more airey and light…anything I can chnage in the mixing/baking process to get a lighter bread? 

    • So glad you enjoyed it! Hmmmm, to get a lighter dough, I’ve always heard to knead the bread a bit longer and let it rise a bit longer, but I’m afraid I’m not a super bread-baking pro. Let me know if you find anything that lightens it up more for you! :)

  27. I’ve made this bread twice this week already, it’s so good and so easy! The first time I used fresh rosemary, the second time dried rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano. Both were delicious! This is by far the tastiest bread I’ve ever baked and I think I’ll be making it a lot more often. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Dying to make this today-can it be doubled or should I make just 2 separate batches ?

    • We would make two separate batches. We hope you love it as much as we do! :)

  29. If I am using regular salt would the measurement be the same?

  30. Made this today. Was a huge hit!  Very accessible recipe for those of us that are new to working with yeast. The results came out excellent. I rolled out my dough on a pizza stone and let it rise there before putting it in the oven. 

  31. Could this be made with whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose?

    • Hi Brittani! We haven’t tried that, but you’re welcome to experiment! However, we’d suggest starting with a mixture of all purpose and whole wheat flour (using whole wheat flour exclusively will really change the texture of the focaccia — it will be sturdier and not quite a soft and chewy. We hope this helps!

  32. So good! I’ve been craving rosemary focaccia bread since I had it at the Hillside Supper Club in San Francisco. This recipe really hit the spot. (I really love rosemary, so I added some into the dough as well. No such thing as too much!).

    Rating: 5
  33. Do you need a stand mixer to make this recipe? It sounds really good and very simple to make – wish I had one of those cool mixers!

    • Hi Chris! We find it’s much easier with a stand mixer, but you can do it by hand if you need to (it’ll just require more time and muscle)! :)

  34. Followed recipe exactly except just mixed by hand. Turned out absolutely incredibly awesome. It literally disappeared before my eyes since my four teenage grandchildren and one friend were waiting for it to come out of the oven!! Will definitely make often. I wish I would have snapped a picture because it was also beautiful!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for sharing, Mary — we’re so glad you and your grandchildren enjoyed it! :)

  35. Can i make the dough in my bread machine?

    • Hi Joye! We think you probably could, but we haven’t tried this with a bread machine, so it’s hard to say for sure. It’s worth a try though! If you give it a shot, let us know how it turns out! :)

  36. I tried this recipe without the Kitchen Aid. We just loved it. I changed the toppings to Cherry tomatoes and Olives though as rosemary was not at hand. Thank you so much.

    • Thanks for sharing, Smita, we’re so glad you enjoyed it, and we love that you made this with cherry tomatoes and olives — yummy!

  37. I love loaves of bread with rosemary and I love focaccia! This is perfect!

  38. I have family in town for the holiday and made this bread yesterday to go with the skillet lasagna recipe for dinner and it was fantastic! I made two batches of the bread and they were both gone by the end of the night. I did serve a little olive oil and balsamic on the side for dipping and needless to say everything was a huge hit. Super easy with minimal ingredients and I’m already thinking of little variations to change it up a bit depending on what I’m serving. Will definitely be making this again in the near future :)

    Rating: 5
  39. I just made a gluten-free version of this for my kids. We recently returned from Tuscany and wanted our kids, who all have celiac disease, to experience an authentic Italian meal, complete with focaccia and olive oil. This is the best success we’ve had with converting a bread recipe for gluten free.

    To convert, just replace the regular flour with a 1:1 gluten-free flour containing xanthan gum. Follow the directions for mixing, but don’t beat for five minutes, that will make it tough. At the very end, add one lightly beaten egg and a teaspoon of baking powder. Also, don’t bother with allowing the dough to rise. GF doughs don’t rise well. The baking powder will assist with rising, but only if it’s baked immediately.

    Rating: 5
    • Thank you so much for sharing, Theresa! We are happy to hear you and your kiddos enjoyed this and that you were able to make it GF — that’s awesome! :)

  40. I made this to go today to go along with our grilled chicken salad. Oh my word that is dangerous! I don’t have a mixer so I kneaded by hand…about 5 minutes. I baked it on my pizza stone and it came out just beautiful!! Next time I make it I’ll have to invite friends over to share so we don’t gorge on it all of it ourselves! Thank you!!!!!

    Rating: 4.5
  41. This was so good! Simple yet delicious flavor! Thanks!

    Rating: 4.5