Easy Focaccia Bread - the best and easiest recipe for homemade focaccia with garlic and Parmesan cheese. It's baked in a sheet pan and done in 40 minutes.
I am currently obsessed with this super easy Focaccia Bread, which takes only 40 minutes to make and it bakes in a sheet pan. It's perfect served with pasta or soup or even topped with pizza toppings! This Focaccia Bread is baked in a 13"x9" sheet pan. It makes a great amount for a family or if you have guests over. No need for breadsticks or rolls. This bread is so easy and quick to make. With my simple tips, you will make the best focaccia bread every single time!
- all-purpose flour
- olive oil
Step by step instructions
This no-knead focaccia bread recipe is very simple to make. Make basic yeast dough, shape in a baking sheet pan, let it rise while your oven preheats and then bake.
Step 1: yeast
- Pour warm tap water into a bowl and stir in sugar.
- Sprinkle yeast and stir in.
- Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes OR until you see the yeast form a foam on the surface (photo on the left).
- Add 2 cups flour, one cup at a time, and stir in after each addition. The dough should be smooth (photo on the right).
Step 2: flour
- Add oil and salt and stir in.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup over the dough and stir in.
- Once the dough is starting to pull away from the sides and forms a ball, place it on a floured surface.
Step 3: shape
- Form the dough into a ball, adding more flour if it still feels sticky.
- Shape into a rectangle.
Step 4: Bake
- Place dough in a baking pan and push with your fingers to fill the pan.
- Let it rise on your stove, while the oven preheats. The dough will rise during this time.
- Make indentations with your fingers, drizzle olive oil and hot water over the dough. You can sprinkle it with Italian seasoning and garlic powder. If you are using fresh garlic, wait till the focaccia is baked.
- Bake for exactly 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, brush with olive oil mixed with fresh garlic. Let cool and slice.
- yeast: make sure your yeast is fresh; 90% of failed yeast dough is caused by old yeast
- warm water and sugar: yeast loves sweet warm water; it is the best environment for it to bloom (create foam on the surface)
- flour: make sure to properly measure out the flour otherwise you will add too much and the focaccia won't rise well and it will be flat. Fluff the flour in the container you store it in. I use a whisk to do that. Next, spoon it out into your measuring cup. Level off the top and use it in the recipe.
- stirring the dough: each time you add flour, stir the dough until it is smooth. You do not need to knead this dough so stirring it until it is smooth is important.
- oil the pan: it will prevent the focaccia from sticking to the baking pan.
- hot water drizzle: it helps create a flaky delicious top. It evaporates during baking and creates the best top.
What to serve it with?
My favorite dish to serve with focaccia is definitely pasta but it is also perfect with soups:
- Instant Pot Spaghetti
- Garlic Mushroom Shrimp Pasta
- Bacon Mushroom Chicken Alfredo
- Spaghetti alla Carbonara
- Roasted Tomato Soup
- Instant Pot Potato Soup
- Easy Lasagna Soup
The best way to store leftover focaccia bread is in an air-tight container. It will prevent it from drying.
- garlic and Parmesan cheese mixed with melted butter
- rosemary, thyme, oregano mixed with olive oil
- roasted garlic and olives placed on focaccia dough just before baking
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Easy Focaccia Bread
- 1.25 cup warm tap water not hot
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons yeast active dry
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons hot water
- Pour water into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and stir until almost dissolved.
- Add yeast and stir in. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes OR until the yeast forms a foam on the surface. If it doesn't, your yeast is old and you need fresh yeast.
- Add 1 cup of flour and stir in until the mixture is smooth. It will be runny.
- Add another cup of flour and stir in. Stir for 2 to 3 more minutes. The dough should be smooth.
- Add olive oil and salt and stir in.
- Sprinkle ½ cup of flour over the dough and stir in. Continue until the dough is starting to shape a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Shape into a ball. Add more flour if it still feels sticky.
- Shape gently into a rectangle.
- Lightly oil the bottom of 13"x9" baking sheet pan.
- Place the dough in a pan and gently spread, pushing with your fingers.
- Place the dough on your stovetop (turned off) and start preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. The dough will rise during this time.
- Gently make indentations in the focaccia with your fingers.
- Drizzle olive oil over the dough and drizzle hot water over the dough, especially on the edges.
- Place focaccia in the oven on the center rack and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, brush with melted butter with fresh garlic and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
- Let it cool, then slice.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
- The best way to store leftover focaccia bread is in an air-tight container. It will prevent it from drying.