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Rosemary Focaccia

Rosemary Focaccia

Focaccia has always been one of my favorite types of bread.  I remember, probably 12 years ago making focaccia for the first time.  I had this big plan to make fancy sandwiches out of the bread on a weekend.  Amazingly enough the bread turned out, and I loved the sandwiches.  My husband and I were engaged at the time, so I think I had even more to prove.  I had to impress him!  Well, I use a different recipe now, but this bread is requested often.

Rosemary Focaccia

My one word of advice for those of you who fear baking with yeast.  Check your expiration date, and store your yeast properly.  Mine has a permanent spot in my fridge.  Recently I attempted this with a “different” brand of yeast that someone sent me.  I think it got too hot in the mail and killed the yeast, because it never rose at all!  I went back to my normal brand (Red Star), and it worked perfectly.  So treat your yeast properly, and you should have great results.

Rosemary Focaccia

I love rosemary, so this is my favorite version of focaccia.  If rosemary isn’t your thing, you could use a different herb, or put sliced onions on top when you bake it.  Whatever you are craving, go for it.  This recipe makes 2 very large loafs of bread.  I divide each loaf in 1/2, wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil and pop it in the freezer.  When we want bread, I remove the plastic wrap, and reheat in a 350 degree oven until it is warm.  We love it dipped in olive oil.  My 7 year old likes it so much, he asked if I could make this bread every time I make bread.

This post is linked to Bake Your Own Bread for February

Rosemary Focaccia
 
Serves: 20
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Homemade focaccia bread with olive oil and rosemary
Ingredients
  • 2¼ tsp (1 envelope) dry yeast
  • ⅓ cup warm water (100 degrees)
  • 2¼ cups tepid water
  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbls salt
  • 3 Tbls fresh chopped rosemary
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  • Additional olive oil for pan and brushing
Instructions
  1. Stir yeast into a small bowl of the ⅓ cup warm water. Let rest for 10 minutes, until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 2¼ cups water, olive oil, and the foamy yeast mixture.
  3. Mix 2 cups of bread flour and salt into the water mixture. Mix in 2 Tbls rosemary. Add the rest of the flour, one cup at a time until it all comes together in a ball of dough.
  4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead for 8 minutes. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour.
  5. Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray. Turn dough around in the oiled bowl. Cover and let rise for 90 minutes, or until double in size.
  6. Divide the dough into 2 balls of dough.
  7. Spread some olive oil onto two baking sheets. Place a ball of dough onto each baking sheet, spread so the dough is about 1 inch thick. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Using your fingers press about ½ inch into the dough to make dimples. Cover and let rise about 2 hours.
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  10. Brush olive oil over all of the dough. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Sprinkle with additional 1 Tbls rosemarly.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bread is cooked through. It will sound hollow when you knock on it.
  12. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
Adapted from Simply Recipes

 

 

Comments

  1. Mmmm….focaccia is one of my favorites too! There is an amazing little sandwich shop near me and my husband and I always pay a little extra for their focaccia bread :)

  2. This looks amazing! I love focaccia and rosemary and can’t wait to try it!

  3. I think rosemary is one of my favorite herbs ever and this bread sounds heavenly!

  4. I love rosemary too. Beautifully done! A great versatile recipe is always nice.

  5. How lovely, rosemary focaccia is my all time favourite. The first one I ever made was a recipe I copied off Biba’s Italian Kitchen in the early nineties (no internet yet) and she made it with a sponge. You’ve inspired me to post about it, thanks!

  6. Rosemary focaccia is my absolute favorite. It reminds me of my favorite bakery in central NY. This looks incredible!

  7. I love rosemary focaccia! Your son is right, this looks like a winner :).

  8. I love rosemary bread, and have wanted to make focaccia….so this is excatly what I have been looking for! Thanks! :)

  9. Focaccia is my favorite type of bread too! This looks great!

  10. Focaccia is one of my very favorite homemade breads and this one looks fantastic!! I try not to make bread at home too often because I have zero self control around it :)

  11. Love the herb flavor of your focaccia. Homemade bread is always so wonderful and makes the house smell delicious.

  12. Rosemary is my all time favorite herb for bread!

  13. Too funny, I shared a focaccia topped with rosemary (and thyme) today, too! Yours looks beautiful~

  14. This looks delicious. Thanks for the tip. I’m still scared to death about cooking with yeast! This looks too good not to try though :)

  15. I love foccaia and your recipe has been printed out so I can make it real soon. I have to tell you I pinned this to one of my group boards on Pinterest and there it was pinned twice already! LOL

  16. Wow… this looks really beautiful!! I am one of those with yeast fears… thanks for the tips. :)

  17. This looks great, Erin! I love focaccia and anything that has rosemary added to it is bound to be delicious.

  18. My mouth is watering thinking of the salty rosemary goodness! I am addicted to focaccia!

  19. I have always wanted to make homemade focaccia bread – now I have a wonderful recipe. TY Hope your son is on the mend soon!!!

  20. I love rosemary too ;-) It doesn’t get much better than rosemary in focaccia bread ;-)

  21. I love rosemary focaccia! Especially when it is fresh out of the oven and when I can dip it in tons of olive oil!!

  22. Just perfect bread. Perfect. Gorgeous.

  23. i love adding fresh herbs to my breads and rosemary is one of my favorite breads. the focaccia looks so good Erin.
    Hope you’ll link it to BakeYourOwnBread this month

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