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

  • Prep Time: 75 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 95 minutes
  • Yield: 8 -12 servings 1x

Description

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.


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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 teaspoonflaked sea salt
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • flaked sea salt

Instructions

  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.

Notes

*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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158 comments on “Rosemary Focaccia Bread”

  1. What a nice recipe…that dough is perfect…it is baking now, I did sun dried tomatoes and ricotta salata on mine…with the olive oil and dried Italian seasoning…looks amazing!

  2. 5 stars
    Just made my first yeast bread recipe in my new stand mixer! Your focaccia recipe is easy…my dough hardly raised…but the focaccia came out delectable! I want to find the flaky sea salt for next time. I used Pink Himalayan salt. The shape an uneven thickness in a rounded square. We liked the thinner portions. This Rosemary focaccia went nicely with a beef stew with very thick gravy. Thanx!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi there just sitting here waiting to see is it really that easy.. iv 10 mins left in the oven.cant wait to taste it …thanks for the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I just tried this and it’s DELICIOUS!!! It’s only the second bread I’ve ever made and it was pretty simple! :)

  5. 5 stars
    Super easy and the result sooo impressive AND delish!!!

  6. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe, wonderful tasting

  7. I’m a bit disappointed and I’m pretty sure it’s my fault :-)
    First, I messed up and forgot to add the oil while I was mixing it in the mixer so I had to add it later and knead it in.
    Then, it didn’t rise much on the second rise but I baked it anyway.
    Then I’m pretty sure I overbakee it because it’s crunchy.

    So — I will make this again :-) because the flavor was good but I’m pretty sure there was a lot of error on my part. That’s what I get for baking while distracted.

  8. 5 stars
    Hi…tried this recipe with just one change…used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour and it came out yum. Thanks :)

    • I omitted the proof time (?) and rolling it out and oiling it after baking a bit so, you are not alone :)

  9. I have never seen flaked sea salt before. Does it have any other advantages other than how it looks?

  10. 5 stars
    delicious bread! I don’t have a dough hook so I mixed and kneaded the dough by hand and it turned out so fluffy and moist! I oiled the board I kneaded it on and it didn’t stick too badly at all, although I did need to add a little extra flour. I added minced garlic on top which worked very well. This is my new go-to recipe for focaccia – it disappeared within minutes and everyone loved it!

  11. 5 stars
    Hi there! I love this recipe, and have made it many times! I’m visiting friends in California nad want to make this (along with some fancy dinner) as a thank you for having us. However, one of our friends has an allergy to olive oil, so I was hoping you could recommend a swap that will still keep the bread as wonderful and delicious as the original version. Any help wold be great :D

  12. Wonderful! Good napping tome during the rising time!

  13. Just one quick question. I’m in the second rise but I have to leave the house. Can I leave it like that, and bake it when I come back? I want to take it somewhere later, and I would love to have it fresh from the oven.

    • I love this recipe! My husband is a bread fanatic. The first time i made it, he said there was too much rosemary. ( i didnt measure and probs went overboard) this time i left it out and its in the oven now! I actually let it rise the second time- so maybe it will be less dense! It takes a few times to perfect a recipe- but this recipe is sooo simple and easy ill have it memorized and perfected in no time! Love it!

  14. 5 stars
    This is a splendid recipe. I don’t have mixer, so I had to do the kneading by hand. I mixed in a handful of herbs from the garden and a dozen chopped black olives. This is made to my wife’s taste. She says she’s never tasted better. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. I’ll have to make it again next week for her – and probably for many weeks after. Truly easy and absolutely delicious! Thank you.

  15. 5 stars
    Amazing! The bread has a gorgeously moist and delicate crumb, and both rises and bakes well in my somewhat dubious apartment kitchen.

  16. 5 stars
    I made this two nights in a row and it was a big hit among friends and family. On the second day, I mixed chopped fresh rosemary and thyme before rolling out the dough into 2 balls, baked one and froze the other. This is an easy, delicious recipe that is dairy-free (important in our family) and can be adjusted to add toppings like olives or tomatoes. This will become our go-to recipe for now on – thanks for sharing!

  17. 5 stars
    Excellent and easy! I had to bake longer than suggested but ovens vary so I expected that. This has replaced the recipe I was using from Anne Burrell!

  18. I made another focaccia on a famous chef’s website and it did not turn out. I decided to try yours and it was perfect!! The other recipe asked for bread flour and I found the dough too dense. The all purpose flour is the way to go. I think the temp of the water is super important for the proper rising so that may have been my issue on the last one. I like the olive oil added in with dough; made the dough very workable. This recipe is very easy and turns out perfectly.

  19. 5 stars
    This is a favorite in my house. All four of our children and my husband love it as much as I do. The only change I make is to add some fresh rosemary into the dough. It’s so yummy and tastes like a difficult thing to make even though it’s easy peasy!

  20. 5 stars
    Easy recipe used for sandwiches. Loved the results!

  21. 5 stars
    I’m trying this now but mixed in chopped garlic and rosemary into the dough. Actually I may put cheese on it too. Easy to mix with my mixer and I love Focassia.

  22. 5 stars
    Made this bread this afternoon, didn’t have any A.P. flour so sub’ 2 cups bread flour and 11/2 cups whole wheat flour. Added a tsp Italian seasoning and a little mozzarella/provolone sprinkle on top for last 5 minutes in the oven. Delicious, great recipe !!!! Enjoyed with a hot bowl of ham and potato soup.Mmmm 😀

  23. 5 stars
    If you split the dough in half after the first rise and put each half in a 9” round cake pan, they bake up into two perfectly formed rounds.
    I have made this a couple of times, and I love the addition of chopped sun dried tomatoes in the dough. Because of the extra oil, I cut back just a bit on the added olive oil and add in a couple extra tablespoons of flour if needed. It has never taken more than the optional 1/4 cup stated in the recipe.
    An excellent recipe, thanks!

  24. 5 stars
    Great recipe! My family loves it and my daughter (5) enjoys poking the dough and pouring the olive oil :)

    Thanks and greetings from Munich

  25. 5 stars
    This is so easy to make, and it tastes so good. I added some garlic powder and minced fresh garlic before baking. Will definitely make this again. Thank you for the recipe.

  26. 5 stars
    Yum! We just made this for lunch with Black bean soup and I had to fight off my children, they were like vultures :)
    So good! Thank you!!

  27. 5 stars
    No fail recipe! I make this weekly now and it gets so many compliments. People always ask for the recipe! There is rarely any left over when I make a DOUBLE batch of it. Tried other recipes before this and failed many times. Some variations to consider are oil, garlic and parmasean for a garlic bread. Adding herbs directly into the dough gives a nice aroma. I can thank-you enough for posting this recipe!

  28. I made this for my family on Valentine’s Day. It was my first time making any kind of bread, and it was so easy. But most importantly, it was delicious. I will be making this again!

  29. 5 stars
    I had to modify the recipe since in Spain active-dry yeast isn’t in supermarkets and I used cake yeast, also my brother is a coeliac so I used gluten-free flour, and it came out great anyway! It lost its consistency really fast though (2-3 hours), but I guess it is because of the absence of gluten. So, thank you for your versatile recipe!

  30. Just tasted it I added some garlic to mine and it’s delicious! :)

  31. I’ll be making this again! Simple and so tasty!! I’ll be sprinkling some olives on top and sun dried tomatoes next time!! My 3 year old grand daughter loves it!!

  32. 5 stars
    This has become one of my go to bread recipes!! It is so easy and quick to make! Perfect addition for salads and soups or just to devour on its own. The sea salt flakes really adds a nice touch, but you truly can customize this to suite your needs! Thanks did the fantastic recipe!!

  33. 5 stars
    Great dough and had it with bolognese .

  34. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Made it this morning topped with sauteed red pepper, onion, tomato and fresh rosemary. House smelled like a bakery and taste and texture were better than expected. Made it in a rectangle pan and made nice long slices. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  35. 5 stars
    My 4 year old has dubbed this “The cabin bread with the rosemary”, because i always make a loaf and wrap it in foil to bring to our off grid cabin up north and we warm it up on the fireplace. And bonus that it makes it smell like rosemary! The easiest bread recipe in the history of forever and it’s always my little mans answer when I ask what he wants for dinner….the cabin bread with the rosemary. SO so so so so extra so good! I’m from Alaska, but now live in MN, and this is the PERFECT use for the giant flaked sea salt some friends of mine built an empire around producing. A little taste of both homes. Thank you for this keeper!

  36. 4 stars
    Made this tonight, first time making bread using the stand mixer. Came out ok, but the dough was too wet even after adding almost 2 extra 1/4 cups of flour. Any suggestions? Also curious how much extra salt should be used to sprinkle on top before baking? I was afraid to over-salt it but i think i went too light. Also didn’t have fresh rosemary so tried to use dried rosemary…again, curious how much to use as it seemed too light on the spice.

  37. 5 stars
    Amazing!!!! Followed the instructions to a tee and it came out perfectly! Takes a little time but it’s easy with the mixer. The only problem is- now I can’t choose between these and the 1-hour dinner rolls as my favorite haha!

  38. LOVE this recipe! So soft and delicious.
    Subbed zahatar for rosemary and filled all the indents with about a tablespoon of olive oil each.

  39. 5 stars
    Such an easy recipe!
    It turned out great!
    YUMMY!!!!

  40. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! In South Africa we don’t have All Purpose Flour so I used 3 cups stone ground bread flour with 1/2 cup cake flour. Also used instant yeast 7g. This is the 4th time I’m making it and I made it thinner this time, we like it like that, but either way it is always delish!!

  41. 5 stars
    LOVE this recipe. It’s a family favorite in our house hold. Thank you this recipe was perfect. I used Artisan Flour instead of all purpose.

  42. 5 stars
    So easy to make and came out delicious! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  43. 5 stars
    Nice dough, used fresh oregano, rosemary and lemon thyme and cracked sea salt. Will pair nice with the corn, potato and poblano chowder that is simmering.

  44. 5 stars
    Yum. Some modifications and delightful results.

  45. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. Perfect recipe, easy to follow. This focaccia is TO DIE FOR!

  46. 5 stars
    This recipe is easy to follow and delicious! Its my go to recipe EVERY time! I have changed up toppings to parmesan and garlic with red onion. Mmmm mmmm good!

  47. This is a fantastic recipe and super easy. I made it with spelt flour and my friends couldn’t tell the difference. I’m making it for the second time in a month. Thank you for sharing.

  48. 3 stars
    Mine turned out kind of bland?! I even added roasted minced garlic to the top. The bread is light and fluffy and looks perfect, but I feel like it’s missing something :(

  49. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing!!! Thank you for the recipe! I did cook mine in a cast iron pan instead of baking sheet…

  50. 5 stars
    My first time making focaccia bread it turned out perfect, a simple but great recipe