I’ve dabbled in making bread before, mostly sticking to simple recipes like Irish Soda Bread and No Knead Breads. They always turned out pretty good, but I never really dared to try the yeast-based ones. You know, the kind where you let the dough rise before baking? It always seemed so daunting to me!
But guess what? In honor of World Baking Day this weekend, I received a fabulous PR package with ingredients and supplies to make Focaccia bread for the first time. And you know what? I was in for a surprise! Making Focaccia bread turned out to be a piece of cake—I mean, a loaf of bread! I never realized how easy it is to whip up this deliciousness.
I shared some videos of the process on my Instagram (my youngest son helped with most of the process), and I got so many DMs asking me to share the recipe. So here it is, a simple, easy to make Focaccia bread recipe for beginners.
Okay, before we get into the recipe, let’s talk about why focaccia bread is mouthwateringly delicious! First of all, picture this: a bread that’s soft and fluffy on the inside, with a crust that’s perfectly crispy and golden. Yum! But wait, it gets even better. Focaccia is like a blank canvas just begging to be topped with all sorts of flavor bombs. We’re talking about fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme, zesty garlic, tangy olives, and maybe even some sun-dried tomatoes for that extra punch. Every bite is a party in your mouth, bursting with savory goodness.
And guess what? Focaccia is a total team player too. You can pair it with soups, salads, or make epic sandwiches with it. It’s so versatile! So, whether you’re a foodie or just someone who appreciates a tasty bread, you’ve gotta give focaccia a try. Trust me!
Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe for Beginners
- 3 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 2 1/4 tsp Fleischmann's Quick Rise Yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 4 tbsp extra virgin oil, divided
- 3 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian herb seasoning or your preferred topping
- Mix flour, dry yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir until blended.
- Mix water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 2-cup glass microwave-safe Pyrex bowl, microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F). Add to the flour mixture. Stir with a spoon until well mixed.
- Spread into a greased 13 x 9-inch pan. (Don't worry if the dough isn't even or filling the corners.)
- Cover dough with towel; let rise in room temperature until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Using your lightly oiled finger, gently poke holes about every inch in the dough going nearly to the bottom of the dough. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil; evenly sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and Italian herbs, or your prefered toppings.
- Let rise, uncovered, for an additional 15 minutes while oven preheats to 375°F.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.
- Cut, serve, and enjoy!
I hope you get to try this recipe! It is really simple, and oh so delicious!