No-knead Rosemary Focaccia

Classic rosemary Focaccia that is perfectly crispy, golden-brown on the outside and light, fluffy on the inside. The best part: you don’t even have to do anything.

Freshly baked Focaccia is the one of the closest things I can think of to a warm, loving embrace. For those of you who don’t know, Focaccia is a classic yeasted Italian flatbread. To be frank, I am quite a lazy (and subpar) baker so to me, Focaccia is quite the perfect bread. It’s not only absolutely delicious, but arguably produces better results when you don’t knead it. Not having the need to knead, we can up the hydration to 90%, yielding super airy & soft bread.


It’s a perfectly engineered vehicle for olive oil. All that flavor just gets soaked in there when you create the divots, making the bread that much more delicious.


No-knead Focaccia Bread

4 from 104 votes
Recipe by George L. Course: BreadCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

15

hours 
Cooking time

25

minutes

Focaccia bread that is perfectly crispy, golden-brown on the outside and light, fluffy on the inside. The best part: you don’t even have to do anything.

Ingredients

  • 450 grams all purpose flour (or bread flour)

  • 405 grams warm water (around 105 F, 40 C)

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 2.25 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Toppings
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • flaky kosher salt

Directions

  • Make the Dough. In a large bowl, combine all purpose flour and kosher salt. In another bowl, mix together warm water, instant yeast, sugar, and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Note: This step is done to make sure the yeast is still alive — the only way this bread fails is if the yeast is dead. If you see foam starting to float to the surface, the yeast is alive. If not, use a new batch of yeast. After 5 minutes, add the yeast-water mixture into the flour and mix with a spatula until all water is absorbed and a rough dough forms. Note: Take time to make sure all the flour is incorporated. Check the bottom — unmixed flour can gather there. Cover the surface of the dough with olive oil, then cover the whole bowl with a damp towel and let proof in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
  • Second Proof. Turn the dough onto a tall rimmed 9 x 13 inch baking pan that has been greased with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Note: This seems like a lot of oil but it’s what will develop the signature texture of the focaccia. Using your fingers, press and stretch the dough out into all four corners of the baking pan. If you find that the dough keeps bouncing back / isn’t stretching out easily, cover the whole baking pan with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for about 10 minutes before trying again. Repeat if necessary. Eventually you will be able to spread the dough to the whole pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and proof at room temperature for 2-3 more hours.
  • Bake the Focaccia. Pre-heat the oven to 425 F (220 C). Using generously (olive) oiled fingers, make divots throughout the dough, being careful not to pierce completely through. Finish by drizzling extra olive oil on top to fill those dimples, followed by a generous amount of flaky kosher salt and fresh rosemary leaves. Bake the Focaccia for 25-30 minutes, or until crispy golden-brown on top. Remove from the pan immediately and let rest on a wire wrack for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • Toppings. There are many other toppings you can use for this focaccia and adjust its flavor to your liking. Halved grape tomatoes and pearl onions are among my favorites. Just be sure not to overcrowd the focaccia with toppings as the bread may not rise properly while baking.

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AIS
1 month ago

1 Tablespoon kosher salt? that seems like a lot.