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Focaccia Recipe (Genoan Flat Bread)

Updated on May 21, 2013
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It's Like Plain Pizza

Focaccia is often used to make thick sandwiches in restaurants. I prefer to use this flat bread on the side with soups and salads, or as an appetizer with cold meats and cheeses. The focaccia I find in the grocery is often very dry, so I decided to make my own and the result is a tasty moist treat that can even stand alone as a snack. My granddaughter says "It's like plain pizza!"

Focaccia Squares mmmm!
Focaccia Squares mmmm! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 40 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: Serves six people two slices each.


  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Combine 1 cup flour and 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. In one quart saucepan, heat milk, 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 cup water over medium heat until warm (120-130 degrees).
  3. With mixer at low speed, gradually beat milk mixture into dry ingredients until blended.
  4. Beat in 1/2 cup flour to make thick batter.
  5. Stir in 1 cup flour to make soft dough.
  6. Sprinkle work surface with 1/2 cup flour and knead dough until smooth.
  7. Form dough into a ball and place in large greased bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Punch down dough and roll out to a 9"x13" rectangle. Place in greased 9"x13" cake pan and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  10. In saucepan, over medium heat, cook onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender.
  11. With finger, make deep indentations over dough about 1 inch apart.
  12. Scatter cheese, then onion, evenly over dough. Sprinkle with thyme, pepper and salt. Drizzle dough with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes.


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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      This is one of my Italian favorite bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I´ll try this soon.Happy sunday!

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      Keifer 1430 4 years ago

      Try it, loved it........thanx FRANNIE DEE

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      Frannie Dee 4 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      Thanks, enjoy!

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      Frannie Dee 4 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      It does take some time, but I usually multi-task it with other household chores like laundry.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This recipe does look good. The picture of the focaccia bread looks delicious. It does sort of look like pizza that's been cut into squares. Now I'd like to try some. The recipe doesn't seem all that hard to make though it appears to take a bit of time to finish making.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      This recipe sounds interesting and looks yummy. Thank you for sharing.