focaccia in a black skillet
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5 from 7 votes

Easy Traditional Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe

Easy Focaccia Bread, a delicious alternative to bread, a pizza type dough topped with olive oil, salt and fresh rosemary then baked to perfection.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: antipasto, Appetizer, Bread and Pizza, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen


  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup water (lukewarm) (235 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour (355 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • tablespoon coarse salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (leaves removed)


  • In a small bowl add the honey and warm water (stir to combine) then sprinkle the yeast on top.  Let it sit for 5 minutes, then stir to combine.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt, make a well in the middle and add the yeast mixture and the olive oil, mix together until almost combined then move to a lightly floured flat surface, knead until the dough becomes smooth and elastic, form it into a ball. **
  • ** This can be made using a stand up mixer with the dough hook, knead the dough on medium speed until smooth and elastic (approximately 6-7 minutes), move to a lightly floured flat surface and knead a couple of times into a ball.
  • Place dough into a lightly olive oiled glass bowl (and swirl the dough so that it is lightly covered with the oil). Cover the bowl and let the dough rise 1 hour in a warm draft free area.
  • Pre-heat oven to 400° (200° celsius), lightly oil a 12 inch skillet or pizza pan.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and punch it down a few times.  Place dough in a lightly oiled 12 inch skillet or pizza pan spread the dough, then cover it and let it rest for approximately 15 minutes.  Spread the dough again if needed.  Using your finger tips or knuckles make indentations in the dough.
  • Drizzle the top of the dough with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (brush the olive oil to cover the dough) then sprinkle with rock salt and rosemary leaves. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes (check after 15 minutes). Serve warm. Enjoy!


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 4.1mg