Golden Brown, Crispy Crust…
Focaccia bread is one of our favorites! The simple dough is flavored with olive oil and salt. Before baking it’s also drizzled with more olive oil – gives the baked bread a delicious crispy crust.
I like to sprinkle mine with some rosemary and coarse flaky salt before baking – more of a simple preparation. I’m sure you’ve seen all kinds of highly decorated focaccia loaves on the internet, they’re beautiful! – but personally, I don’t like to add too many toppings – wouldn’t want to interfere with the crust getting nice and crispy.
How Do You Enjoy Your Focaccia?
Focaccia bread is the perfect accompaniment to pretty much any meal! It doesn’t really need butter as it’s rich and delicious with the added olive oil. We love it with grilled meals, caprese salad and pretty much any soup or saucy dish you can dunk it into!
Focaccia Makes Great Panini Sandwiches!
It also makes awesome panini sandwiches. Just slice your focaccia bread in half horizontally, layer in your favorite fillings and pop it in your panini press or griddle. (No need to brush with additional oil – it crisps up beautifully.) Lots of times we’ll eat half the loaf with dinner one night and have panini sandwiches the next night!
How Do You Make Focaccia Bread?
Gather Dry & Wet Ingredients:
If you have a digital kitchen scale, I recommend weighing your flour – as it’s hard to be consistently accurate when measuring with a measuring cup. Stir together your dry ingredients. Add your warm water/oil mixture (not over 110 degrees F.)
Mix, Knead & Rise:
Knead for about 5 minutes on speed 2. It will be a sticky/wet mixture, almost like a thick batter. It won’t form a ball and “clean the sides of the bowl” like some pizza and bread dough recipes. It reminds me a lot of the texture of ciabatta dough.
Let rise either on the counter or for several hours/overnight. Transfer to an oiled pan and let rise again. It will form lots of yummy bubbles.
Rise Again, Top & Bake!
Transfer the dough to a greased baking pan and let rise until doubled. Look at that gorgeous holey, almost lava-like texture with all those gluten strands!
Gently poke your fingers (dampened or oiled hands help with sticking) into the dough before baking, then drizzle with oil and sprinkle on toppings! Pop in the oven and soon you’ll be enjoying your delicious, golden brown and crispy focaccia bread!