Four different types of bread in one week. Yup we are living the carb-heavy life over here right now and absolutely loving it. Easy rosemary garlic focaccia bread is so easy, requires no kneading and no second proofing, making it the perfect bread for beginners. It’s super garlicky, thick, and has a cake-like sponginess. It has the perfect golden and crispy texture on the outside, but soft, fluffy and tender inside. Just perfect.
Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread Ingredients
To make rosemary garlic focaccia bread, you will need to gather a few ingredients.
- extra virgin olive oil - this is what gives the bread it’s crispy outer texture and incredible flavour.
- garlic - lots of fresh garlic please! — I used 4 cloves.
- rosemary - fresh rosemary is best to obtain the most flavour.
- flour - I used all-purpose flour.
- yeast and water - active dry yeast and warm water to help the dough rise.
- sugar - a small amount of sugar helps speed up the yeast fermentation.
- salt - for flavour.
How to Make Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread
There are just a few main steps in making a fresh batch of homemade focaccia bread.
- Prepare the rosemary garlic oil. Cook olive oil, garlic and rosemary in a small saucepan to infuse the flavours together.
- Prepare dough. Dissolve yeast and sugar in lukewarm water and mix together. Add flour and salt, and whisk to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough sit at room temperature 2 hours, until doubled in size.
- Add rosemary garlic oil. Spread some rosemary garlic oil into a 8x8-inch baking pan. Transfer dough into the tray and spread it. Press the dough with your fingers to make dimples. Drizzle the remaining rosemary garlic oil on top. Let the dough rise for another 30 minutes.
- Bake bread: Preheat oven to 425°F and bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing.
Tips for the Baking the Perfect Focaccia Bread
To get that perfect, fluffy focaccia bread, here are some tips to keep in mind.
- use unopened and unexpired yeast that was stored int a cool and dry area - make sure the yeast is in an original, unopened package, and that it has not expired (note that instant yeast has a relatively shorter shelf life).
- the yeast mixture should start to bubble - when mixing the yeast in lukewarm water, the mixture should start to bubble and develop a yeasty aroma.
- use oil during the transfer - focaccia bread dough is quite sticky to handle with 75% hydration (flour to water ratio). You can apply some of the rosemary garlic oil to your hands during the transfer if needed, to help with handling the dough.
Focaccia bread is best served fresh out of the oven. If you need to store it for more than a couple days, you can easily store it in the freezer for up to a month, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and then in an airtight container. I like to slice up the bread first, then freeze and reheat it in the toaster oven.
How to Serve Focaccia Bread
Focaccia bread tastes kind of like a herby garlic bread so I can just eat this on its own. But it also pairs incredibly well with a creamy soup, and is so perfect for dunking. My favourite soups to serve with this are our roasted butternut squash soup or our roasted carrot and ginger soup.
More Homemade Bread Recipes
- Small Batch No Knead Bread
- Homemade No Knead French Baguettes
- Easy Small Batch Ciabatta Rolls
- Small Batch Sourdough Bread
- Easy Homemade Everything Bagels
- Pull-Apart Garlic Bread
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