Rosemary Focaccia

This dimpled Italian flat bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with chopped rosemary, garlic and crunchy sea salt is the perfect complement to hearty soups. It is no secret that I love bread of any kind. Focaccia is one of my favorite yeast breads to make because it goes perfectly with just about any meal. The rosemary and garlic steeps in boiling water before being added to the yeast, making for an incredibly flavorful focaccia.

Rosemary Focaccia

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4  cups  boiling water
  • 4  tablespoons  chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1  tablespoon  honey
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1  package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil, divided
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  teaspoon  water
  • 1  large egg yolk
  • 1  teaspoon  sea salt or kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a two glass measuring cup, combine boiling water, 2 teaspoons rosemary, honey, and minced garlic; cool to 100° to 110°. Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle yeast over the mixture; let stand 5 minutes. Add flour, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 teaspoon salt to the mixture. Attach the dough hook to the stand mixer and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If dough is sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until smooth.
  2. Transfer dough to a well oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Punch dough down. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and pat dough into a 14 x 12-inch rectangle on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and let rise 20 minutes or until doubled in size.
  3. Preheat oven to 350º.
  4. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, water, and egg yolk; set aside. Uncover dough. Make indentations in top of dough using handle of a wooden spoon or your fingertips. Brush egg mixture over dough. You don’t need to use all of the egg and oil mixture on top of the dough; spread enough to coat the top, and discard any extra. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with remaining rosemary, sea salt, and chopped garlic.
  5. Bake at 350° for 22-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.

Source: adapted from Cooking Light, January 2005

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7 Responses to “Rosemary Focaccia”

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    Jeannie — December 20, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    I love this bread too, it is so versatile and delicious dipped into any savoury sauce or soup!

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    cookingwithpots — January 12, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    This looks delicious!

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    Susan — March 12, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    Yumm! I used bread flour, kneaded by hand and didn’t drizzle the top with olive oil, just the egg, some sliced garlic and the rosemary. Served with balsamic and olive oil with a nice bottle of wine, it made for a wonderful evening :-)

    • Christina replied: — March 14th, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

      Susan,
      I am so happy that you enjoyed this recipe! I love cooking/baking with rosemary…it makes the house smell even better when baking! :)

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    Shanon — July 2, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Made this today … loved it! I always get super nervous about working with yeast but this came out beautifully :) Now the trick is to see if I have enough self control to not eat the whole thing myself!

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