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Homemade Focaccia Recipe

This Homemade Focaccia Recipe is simple to make and tastes AMAZING! Not just bread with olive oil, this dough is infused with Italian flavor and topped with even more. Homemade focaccia is the perfect side dish for any Italian meal!

Baked homemade focaccia recipe in the pan.

This homemade focaccia recipe one of my family’s all-time favorite bread recipes. It does take time to make, but is much faster than a traditional bread recipe and is literally packed with flavor.

Oregano, basil, thyme, garlic powder, yeast, and black pepper on top of flour for homemade focaccia recipe.

Look at all those spices and seasonings!! If you have fresh, by all means, use them! Just be sure to chop them up really fine. In the pictures and video I made the whole recipe by hand, but of course, use a mixer if you have one!

Stirring water into the homemade focaccia recipe.

I get the dough to this shaggy, mostly sticking together phase and then start to knead. This is what it should look like in the mixer as well, slightly sticky but enough moisture that the flour is all moisturized.

Shaggy dough, waiting to be kneaded for homemade focaccia dough.

After you knead the dough for the FULL amount of time {seriously, don’t skimp!} it will smooth out. You will need to add flour periodically if you are kneading by hand to keep it from sticking too badly.

Showing that the homemade focaccia dough should stick slightly to fingers once you are done kneading it.

This picture is a good representation of how sticky it should be, just enough! Don’t make it too dry or you will have tough and dense homemade focaccia bread. And no one wants that!

Homemade focaccia recipe dough rising.

This bread has two rise times, but they total about an hour and really are pretty quick. Don’t let the time hold you back! This homemade focaccia recipe is worth the time and effort!

Spreading oil on a sheet tray.

Don’t be alarmed by the amount of oil in this recipe. It’s part of what makes focaccia bread actual Focaccia Bread. Promise 🙂 . Because there is a significant amount of oil in and on the homemade focaccia bread recipe, use a quality olive oil because you will taste it.

Dimpling the dough in the pan for homemade focaccia recipe.

Once the dough has risen briefly for the second time on the sheet pan, you dimple it with your fingers, giving it that traditional look we all associate with focaccia bread. The dimples will fill and hold oil and be oh-so-delicious when the bread is finished!

Close-up of prepared homemade focaccia recipe ready to go into the oven.

YUM! Oh, you want to see another angle of this beautiful dough? Ok great, here it is.

Prepped homemade focaccia recipe dough topped with olive oil, cheese, and herbs ready to go into the oven.

I could keep going…..but I’ll just show you the final product. See how the crust is crispy and oily? The trick to keeping it crispy is to bake the bread, let it cool for 10 minutes, then let it finish cooling on a wire rack.

Side view of a stack of three slices of homemade focaccia recipe bread.

How do you get it out without breaking it?

Very carefully. 

Close-up of sliced homemade focaccia recipe bread.

Just kidding. Use two spatulas and have the cooling rack right there so you can slide it slightly too.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!! Need a delicious pasta recipe to go with this bread? Check out my Spaghetti with Lemon Cream Sauce or my Homemade Marinara Sauce.

Stack of three slices of homemade focaccia recipe, top view.

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Baked homemade focaccia recipe in the pan.

Homemade Focaccia Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 265 kcal

This Homemade Focaccia Recipe is simple to make and tastes AMAZING! Not just bread with olive oil, this dough is infused with Italian flavor and topped with even more. Homemade focaccia is the perfect side dish for any Italian meal!



  • 2 3/4 cup water warm
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more for drizzling
  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons thyme see note
  • 1 teaspoon basil see note
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary fresh, see note
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. Combine both flours, yeast, salt, pepper, garlic powder and herbs in a large bowl. 

  2. Slowly add and mix in 1 cup of the water, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and then the rest of the water or enough to form a sticky dough.

  3. Knead for 5-6 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

  4. If you are using a mixer, the dough will stick substantially to the bottom of the bowl but clean the sides.  If you are mixing by hand, it will be slightly sticky to the touch. 

  5. Let rise (covered) in a lightly oiled bowl for 30 minutes. 

  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  7. Oil a baking sheet generously with olive oil. Pour dough onto the sheet and, with oiled hands, spread it out. If it only spreads so far and bounces back, rest 5 minutes and spread it again. 

  8. Once the dough is spread over the entire sheet, let it rise (covered) for 15 more minutes. 

  9. Once the dough has risen, press your fingertips into the dough to form dimples. Generously drizzle olive oil over the surface, letting it pool slightly in the dimples.

  10. Sprinkle the coarse salt, fresh rosemary, and mozzarella evenly over the top of the dough.

  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. It will sound hollow when tapped. Let cool before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you have fresh herbs, use them. 

If you don't have fresh rosemary, use 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary. If you don't have rosemary, you can substitue Italian seasoning. 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Focaccia Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 989mg 41%
Potassium 114mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 17.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    February 13, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    One of our favorites!

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