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Make Delicious Rosemary Herb Focaccia Bread with this Simple Recipe

Updated on July 31, 2016
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Rosemary focaccia fresh from the oven.
Rosemary focaccia fresh from the oven. | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Rosemary Focaccia Bread


This rosemary focaccia is nutritious, easy to make and delicious with many main courses as well as side dishes and sauces. You'll have fun making it too as the process is a little bit different to other bread making techniques.

Focaccia is an Italian bread of ancient yet uncertain origin. Many Mediterranean countries seem to have developed different versions of this versatile bread which range from the thick and spongy to the thin and crispy - if they're anything like the one I made they're all equally delicious and versatile.

Warm straight from the oven focaccia is ideal for those light evening meals with friends and family and a bottle or two of red or white wine. Equally it can be an extra special 'guest' at more formal dinners where you could use it for mopping up sauces and dipping into dips.

Be sure to make extra if you have a lot of guests - it'll be very popular!

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Ready to eat warm focaccia bread.
Ready to eat warm focaccia bread. | Source

Focaccia Bread Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: Serves six to eight people
Dimpled dough, ready for the oven. Olive oil drizzle plus rosemary herb sprinkle.
Dimpled dough, ready for the oven. Olive oil drizzle plus rosemary herb sprinkle. | Source

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white bread flour
  • 1 pack dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary herb
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
Freshly pressed olive oil
Freshly pressed olive oil | Source

Instructions

  1. Chop up a handful of rosemary leaves, place in a large mixing bowl and cover with a cup of boiling water. Let water cool sufficiently so it is just warm to the touch.
  2. Add yeast and sugar. Wait for yeast to bubble, add salt and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Stir in flour. Knead until dough is springy and consistent. Add flour if too sticky but keep soft and workable.
  4. Oil a second large bowl and place dough in. Cover for 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 c).
  6. Take out and punch briefly. (You may want to go for a second rising here). Stretch and flatten dough until required thickness. Place on olive oiled tray. Make indentations with your finger or rounded handle. Place rosemary leaves in the dimples, sprinkle with salt and drizzle remaining olive oil over top.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm if possible.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice (2oz)
Calories 175
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 25 g8%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Sodium 500 mg21%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

How to Vary Your Focaccia Bread


There are several ways to garnish your focaccia:

* with sliced cherry tomatoes

* black olives

* sliced red onion

* with different herbs such as sage, oregano, tarragon and basil.

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Picking fresh rosemary leaves.
Picking fresh rosemary leaves. | Source

Rosemary

Wild rosemary grows commonly in many parts of the Mediterranean region. A strong, tough herb it can be found on mountain slopes as well as in gardens. It is a powerful plant and has to be used sparingly in dishes or it will tend to dominate other herbs.

It has a clean piney taste and cleansing nature, whilst its pleasant aroma is well known and admired.

Use the fresh leaf if possible or dried rosemary if not.

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    Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thanks for the visit Akriti, hope you enjoy!!

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    Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

    Brilliant. Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you peachpurple. I hope you can make this delicious bread because it is a winner.

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i have seen this in my cookbook, maybe i should bake one soon

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    Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you for the visit Marie. This bread is perfect for all kinds of sauce dishes and savoury tapas and what not. I wish you well in your non gluten adventure!

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    Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

    I'll have to make some with my corn and soy flours (I'm gluten-free).

    I love rosemary, and this recipe allows me to skip the rise, punch down, rise, punch down, rise and bake routine. Just mix, let rise, and bake. Love it!

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    Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

    I had a wonderful lunch, thanks to your recipe chef-de-jour! The foccacia turned out perfect and I added a salad of tomatoes, green peppers, fresh basil (from my garden) with a dressing of mustard sauce and apple cider vinegar. I placed a little cup of water in the oven for steam for a nice crisp crust. I gave the dough 2 rises and used 1 cup of whole wheat flour (not whole meal!) and 1 cup white flour. The fresh yeast was fine and the fresh rosemary garnish too. It's going to be one of my favourites. Thank you. Wish I could add a pic here.

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    Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Please see above comment!

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    Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you for the visit, comment and vote, much appreciated. You can use fresh rosemary Anita, and fresh yeast too if you want. I think the wholemeal idea is good but may result in a heavier bread. Worth experimenting with! Let me know how it turns out.

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    Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

    I would use whole wheat flour though and fresh yeast. Will it taste as good? Also do you use fresh rosemary for the garnish or the boiled rosemary from the the yeast solution?

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    Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

    Thanks for this. I have fresh rosemary growing at home and have learnt how to bake bread, so this is a must-try. And well-written too. I appreciate good, flawless English.

    Voting up.

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    Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you for the visit, much appreciated. I love the rosemary herb in this bread, combines beautifully with olive oil and tomatoes and salads and a bit of wine!! Now I'm feeling hungry.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

    This looks so yummy and the combination of ingredients seems interesting!

    Thanks for sharing the details!

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    Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Many thanks for your comment. Yes, a great bread for a friendly dinner table, with pasta and sauces and plenty of wine!!! Delicioso.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Your focaccia is beautiful! You are quite a chef. Sliced onion and fresh rosemary sounds especially good right now. You've inspired me to whip up a batch of focaccia soon. Thanks!

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    OMGosh! this recipe will go into my breads file. I love breads and I love herbs, especially rosemary. This is a very well-written and easy to read hub. Well done.

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    d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    Great recipe. I will be trying this one in the near future. thanks for sharing

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    Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    dear Stephanie

    Many thanks for the kind visit and comment. I make quite a bit of bread, some turns out so-so but most I'm glad to say are beautifully delicious, like this focaccia! Enjoy! Take care.

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    Stephanie Bradberry 3 years ago from New Jersey

    Your bread looks absolutely scrumptious. It is beautiful and I am sure it is delicious :)

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    Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

    Andrew,

    What a great-sounding recipe! I frequently buy focaccia bread at my local farmers market.

    Not any more... I'm going to be making my own from now on. Thanks for publishing this article.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Never tied this bread. Does look very inviting. Thanks for sharing the recipe for the rosemary foccacia bread.

    Voted up.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you for the visit and comment - so glad you made it!

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    Leah Wells-Marshburn 4 years ago from West Virginia

    I just made my first focaccia last night and was amazed at how simple it was. I'm so used to yeast breads that require a ton of work, but focaccia recipes are so straight-forward. Even if you've never baked with yeast before, focaccia is almost fool-proof. It's a great yeast bread starting place.

    You make beautiful indentations! I was afraid to press too hard when making mine, so they aren't quite as deep as yours, but it turned out delicious nonetheless.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Much appreciate your visit. I hope you get to enjoy this great bread with a super meal.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you for the comment ,much appreciate.Hope you enjoy the bread.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thanks crazyhorseghost, much appreciate your visit and comment

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    Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

    Looks great - I will try out this recipe. My husband will love it!

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    Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

    I love Focaccia Bread and I was happy to find this wonderful well laid out Hub Page. I plan to make this recipe real soon. My rosemary is really growing now so I'm going to use it to make this wonderful bread. Loved the easy to understand instructions. Thanks for doing such a great job. Voted Up Etc.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    OK thank you prasetio for the visit , much appreciated. This bread is great with any kind of pasta meal and sauce.

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    prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Delicious....I love this bread. I'll show the recipe to my mom. I hope she'll make it for me. Thanks for sharing with us. Up and useful :-)

    Prasetio

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    Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

    My brother Pappu always like to read new recipes. I hope he is like your posting. :) interesting and voted

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Many thanks for this comment and visit.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    thanks faythef.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Great. Much appreciate this visit and comment.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thanks Kasman. Bon appetito.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Grateful thanks. Much appreciate your visit and comment.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Many thanks. Much appreciate your visit

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Bon appetito. THanks for the visit.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Many thanks for the comment, much appreciated

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Kasman thanks for the visit and comment. All good wishes for a focaccia special with that beautiful rosemary scent lingering. Bon appetito.

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    Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    This sounds delicious.

    Pinning, sharing and voting +++

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    Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

    Thank you for sharing tbis recipe. I will make this for my girls and guests next time I am serving focaccia which they love. I grow rosemary on the patio so the whole will be homemade. Shared and voted up.

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    Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

    My wife and I are lovers of bread man, especially focaccia. I never thought about adding rosemary to it. I'm probably going to try this soon. Great job man, voting this up and sharing it!

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    Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

    Beautiful photos. This looks delicious. It has been a few years since I made a focaccia. I think I'm due to make some. Pinning and sharing:)

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    stessily 4 years ago

    chef-de-jour, Thank you for sharing your excellent, easy recipe for this focaccia. Since your recipe is fairly similar to my own, I am sure that it is delicious, and I know from your photos that it is appetizingly photogenic.

    Coarse salt, for me, is essential in making rosemary focaccia.

    Your garnish suggestions are wonderfully tempting as well.

    Kind regards, Stessily

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    Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

    I love how simple this is to make and how rich and delicious it looks. I can hardly wait to make it for myself.

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    Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

    Great hub, your bread looks so delicious..bookmarking & sharing this one..cheers

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    Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

    This looks not only delicious but beautiful..

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thanks for the visit and comment. Appreciated.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Hope it turns out great. Enjoy! Thanks.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thanks for the visit and coment. Appeciate that. YUM.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Zsuzsyee many thanks for a visit and comment, hope you find the bread to our taste.

    Silva Hayes thank you. I hope it turned out as good as mine, It's great for mopping up oils and sauces.

    My Cook Book - a pleasure. Thanks for the comment. Much appreciated.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    My kind of hub, yum. Thanks for sharing.

    regards

    zsuzsy

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    Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

    Sounds yummy; I will make it tonight. Thank you.

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    Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

    The cover pic is awesome, good recipe. Thanks for sharing!