Herbed Focaccia Bread

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Herbed Focaccia Bread is filled with light airy holes and topped with Rosemary, Italian herbs, Course Sea Salt, and Parmesan Cheese from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

I make Herbed Focaccia Bread quite a bit. It's a go to bread recipe that is perfect for mopping up Spaghetti Sauce or to go with Lasagna. I most recently made a little bit different variation that I will hopefully be sharing in the next few weeks to go with Roasted Vegetable Lasagna recipe I shared. It's also a favorite for the holidays when I want something other then rolls.

It's rather easy to make with a shortened technique similar to what I use for sourdough bread, but is a little time consuming. I have yet to share the all mighty sourdough instructions, because it takes a few weeks to make a starter, and I'm not sure if we're ready to go there yet.. I don't want to cause a mass evacuation from my blog over baking complications. Sourdough is rather difficult to master, and I still have yet to concur a perfect loaf every time with natural starter.

I made this Herbed Focaccia Bread to go with my updated Sausage Kale and Potato Soup we enjoyed for dinner a few nights ago. 

There's nothing like a loaf of Focaccia with big airy holes to round out a nice dinner.  This bread takes a little bit of time to make but very little effort and is worth every minute of it.

Herbed Focaccia makes a fabulous sandwiches like our favorite Turkey Pesto Panini, just in case you wanted an extra reason to make a loaf! 

Herbed Focaccia Bread add honey to water, and yeast from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

First off use 2 cups Lukewarm Water about 110 degrees, try to avoid any hotter as it will kill the yeast. 

Add 1 teaspoon Honey and 2 teaspoons Yeast. Mix until dissolved. 

Herbed Focaccia Bread mix in flour from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Add 2 cups of flour.

Herbed Focaccia Bread make yeast development from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Mix until thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of bowl as needed. 

Then cover and walk away for about the next 4-6 hours. I usually cover it with a damp kitchen towel over the top of the bowl.

You could even do this the night before and place it in the refrigerator. Let it return to room temperature before proceeding. 

We do this to form a sponge starter which will add to the focaccia's flavor and also the texture of the bread.

Herb Focaccia Bread recipe with a sponger starter from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Your sponge starter mixture will look something like this.. Bubbly and active..

Herb Focaccia Bread recipe stir in flour and olive oil from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Add another 2 cups flour and 2 tablespoons olive oil and mix on medium speed until combined. 

Herbed Focaccia Bread dough recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Your dough will look something like this.. 

Now cover and walk away again for 15 minutes. I know a little time consuming, but waiting to add the salt will allow the gluten to develop, giving us a different structure in our bread.

Herbed Focaccia Bread add remaining flour and salt from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Add another 1/2 cup flour and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Mix on medium speed for about 6 minutes or until dough becomes smooth. This is a soft dough and will be slightly sticky.

Cover dough with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rise for 20 minutes. 

Remove cover and turn mixer on low, allow dough hook to make to passes around bowl and turn off mixer and recover dough. Repeat this step over an hour and a half. This helps to develop the bread and create the nice big holes in our finished Focaccia.

Herbed Focaccia Bread recipe with Rosemary, Italian Seasoning and salt topping from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Meanwhile in a small bowl combine:
  • 1 tablespoon Rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon course Sea Salt

Herbed Focaccia Bread stretch dough from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

On a cookie sheet greased with olive oil stretch dough into a 14"x10" rectangle, you might need to add a little olive oil to your hands to keep dough from sticking.

Let dough rest uncovered for about 15 minutes. Then brush with additional olive oil.

Herbed Focaccia Bread recipe covered with rosemary and parmesan cheese from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Sprinkle dough evenly with herb mixture, and shredded parmesan cheese. Allow dough to rise uncovered until puffy about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Herbed Focaccia Bread recipe press indentations into dough from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Right before placing Focaccia in oven use 2 fingers to make an indentation in dough at equal intervals.

Herbed Focaccia Bread recipe ready to bake from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Ready for the oven bake for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown and crusty. 

Herbed Focaccia Bread recipe is with rosemary, salt, and parmesan cheese is perfect for Italian night or an alternative for rolls at Thanksgiving and Christmas from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.


Mmm.. Fresh out of the oven Herbed Focaccia Bread..

One of these days I'll have to take a photo of our set up for our pictures it's really rather comical now that Colts taking all of the pictures. 

We have two corner windows above our kitchen sink with a corner ledge I had been taking all of the pictures on for the best daylight lighting, which works ok for me but my 6'6" husband looks a little comical standing over the sink squished up into the ceiling to get a good shot. Thank God he's willing to help and has actually found a love for the photography aspect of the blog, I wouldn't be able to do it without him!

Herbed Focaccia Bread recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch. Is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We usually enjoy this with a little balsamic and olive oil to dip it into or hot soup, but it goes great with a little buttah too.. Ha..Ha..Butt..ah cause it goes straight to my butt..lol.. 

Ok I'll stop now before I over do it! 

A few more family favorite bread recipes are:




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Herbed Focaccia Bread Recipe

Herbed Focaccia Bread is filled with light airy holes and topped with rosemary, italian herbs, course sea salt, and parmesan cheese from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
prep time: 6 hour and 30 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 6 hours and 55 mins

ingredients:

Focaccia Bread
  • 2 cups Warm Water, (Under 110 degrees)
  • 2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
Herb Topping
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, Grated
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Plus Additional For Greasing Pan

instructions


  1. In a mixing bowl fitted with a dough hook add warm water, active dry yeast, and honey. Mix until dissolved and add 2 cups of flour. Turn mixer on medium low, and mix, until combined. Scrape the sides of bowl as needed. Cover dough, and allow to ferment for 4-6 hours, or place in refrigerator overnight, and allow to return to room temperature before proceeding. Dough should be very bubbly and active.
  2. Add another 2 cups flour and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix on medium speed, until well combined. Cover dough and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix on medium speed for about 6 minutes or until dough becomes smooth. This is a soft dough, and will be slightly sticky. Cover dough.
  4. Allow dough to rise for 20 minutes, remove cover, and turn mixer on low for 2 spins around bowl. Turn off the mixer and recover dough. Repeat this step every 20-30 minutes for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. In a small mixing bowl combine rosemary, italian seasoning, and remaining teaspoon of medium course salt.
  6. Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil.
  7. Place dough on cookie sheet and stretch into a 14"x 10" rectangle, if the dough sticks to your hands add a little olive oil to your hands to prevent sticking. Allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.
  8. Brush dough with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle dough evenly with herb mixture and parmesan cheese. Allow dough to rise until puffy about 30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  10. When oven is preheated and focaccia is puffy use 2 fingers to press evenly spaced dimples all over the dough.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown and crusty.
calories
209
fat (grams)
5
carbs (grams)
34
protein (grams)
5
sugar (grams)
1
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Herbed Focaccia Bread recipe is filled with plenty of airy holes then topped with an herb cheese mixture from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Herbed Focaccia Bread recipe is filled with plenty of airy holes then topped with an herb cheese mixture from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

6 comments

  1. That is killer focaccia bread serena, I love them when they come out oven fresh.

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  2. This is one of my fav sandwich bread, Serena. Looks so soft and aromatic.

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  3. This is Delicious.. it reminds me a focaccia that i try on Caracas. Love the herbs on my dough

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  4. Beautiful bread, Serena! I like that you let the dough sit for a while, too.

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  5. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

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  6. Love focaccia bread but never made it from scratch. After seeing your photos though, I want to, ASAP! :)

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