If you have never had Rosemary Focaccia Bread then you need to stop what you are doing and make some now! It is so fun and easy to make. In all transparency, I used to be intimidated by making bread. However, over some time, I found it to be quite fun. Bread making is both relaxing and therapeutic. The mixing and the kneading make it enjoyable. My favorite part, aside from eating it, is being able to smell it as it is baking. Enjoying the act of bread-making helped me to create this easy recipe.
So, if you are even slightly intimidated by just the thought of making bread, do not worry at all. There is no need for all of that. This Rosemary Focaccia Bread recipe is an easy one to make. I’m here to show you just how to do it and support you through it. Let’s get started on baking!
To make this bread, you will need 1 cup of warm water (~110°F), 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 (.25 ounce) package of active dry yeast, 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling, ½ teaspoon of flaky salt, 2 sprigs of finely chopped fresh rosemary, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Use a thermometer to check that the water temperature is ~110°F. You may also use roasted and blended garlic. However, garlic powder is usually what I have on hand.
To make this Rosemary Focaccia Bread, first, to the bowl of a stand mixer, add warm water and sugar. Stir well to combine everything. Next, sprinkle the yeast on top of the warm water and stir. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes until it gets foamy. Attach a dough hook to the mixer and knead the yeast at low speed. Add the flour, olive oil, and salt.
Change the speed to medium and mix for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and shape it into a ball. Place the dough back in the bowl and move it to a warm location for 1 hour so it can rise. After 1 hour, the dough should have doubled in size. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet and use your hands to flatten it out. Create dimples in the flattened dough with your fingertips. Drizzle extra olive oil on top of the dimpled dough. Add the fresh chopped rosemary and garlic powder on top. You may also add a sprinkle of more salt if you wish. Bake in a 400°F/200°C oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Slice and Serve warm. Enjoy! That’s it!
When you take your first bite, you might notice that this bread tastes slightly like a breadstick. Instead of cutting the bread into squares, you can certainly cut them into sticks! This recipe makes enough for 8 servings. However, you can get more servings if you slice the bread into smaller pieces. Whatever way you choose to cut this is up to you. I love to eat this either by itself as a snack or with some pasta and salad. Dipping it into my pasta sauce is my absolute favorite. Enjoy indulging in this delicious bread!