Simple Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread

This Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread recipe will be a weekly staple, as it’s comforting with a bowl of soup or just eaten by itself! This might be one of the simplest yeast breads you’ll ever make and it always comes out delicious. However, this bread is taken up a notch with plenty of garlic (whole and grated), fresh rosemary and topped off with flaky sea salt. Just toss all ingredients into a stand mixer with a dough attachment, mix and let it rest.

This is actually one of the first bread recipes I attempted to make during quarantine 2020 and I haven’t stopped making it ever since. It’s actually one of our favorites and there’s not much to this recipe either. It has this perfectly soft but chewy texture. But the toppings with sprinkled garlic, fresh rosemary, crunchy sea salt, and then drizzled with extra olive oil right out of the oven, soaks into all these dents! You can make this by hand but it’s so easy with a stand mixer with that dough attachment. I know you’re going to love this classic focaccia bread! This bread recipe is also naturally vegan, which can be the perfect carby comfort food dish to bring to a potluck. This is the ultimate cozy comfort food, that you didn’t know you were missing out on.

I was always a bit scared to work with yeast, as I’m no bread maker but if you’re new to bread making I highly recommend starting with this focaccia recipe! This recipe is a great base to start and get your toes wet with working with yeast. I know you’ve got this and I have some helpful tips below too. 

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Common Focaccia Bread Recipe Questions

How Thick Does Focaccia Have to Be?
So this is more of a personal preference, as we like our focaccia to be a bit on the thicker side at about ½ to 1 inch. However, if you like thinner bread just use your hands or roller a bit more. Keep in mind, the bread will rise considerably while it bakes in the oven!

Do You Have to Roll the Focaccia?
This recipe is perfect for free forming with your hands or using a roller to get the shape you’re looking for. It will expand in the oven considerably and get extra fluffy.

What Equipment is Needed to Make Focaccia Bread?
Stand Mixer with Dough Attachment
Glass Measuring Cup
Medium Mixing Bowl
Damp Towel
Baking Tray or 9x13 inch Baking Dish
Parchment Paper
Cutting Board

Can You Use Different Flours?
This recipe is made using all purpose flour; however, I’ve made this recipe with half whole wheat. It comes out a bit more dense but has that whole grain flavor. I recommend using 3 cups all purpose and ½ cup whole wheat to add some flavor but keep it light and fluffy. I haven’t tried this recipe with gluten free, nut or seed flours.

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What if You Don’t Have Flaky Sea Salt for Topping?
You won’t ruin the bread if you don’t have flaky sea salt. Try subbing in fine sea salt or even using the kosher salt. Just keep in mind if you’re using fine sea salt cut the measurement in half so the bread isn’t too salty. I enjoy the flaky sea salt as a topping for those salty bites with garlic and rosemary!

What Are Other Focaccia Recipe Variations?
You can customize this recipe and use what you have on hand.

Try these combos below:

  • Add more and more garlic! Grate, mince or dice large garlic cloves into the dough or let it infuse into the olive oil to really get that garlic kick.
  • Add cheese of choice. If you want to make a cheesy bread try adding parmesan, cheddar or mozzarella sprinkled on top!
  • Use a variety of fresh herbs. Swap out the rosemary for basil, thyme, tarragon or sage. Maybe add a mix of herbs!
  • Use dried herbs & spices but knead them into the dough as you don’t want them to burn on the top. Sometimes we don’t have any fresh herbs on hand but you can always use dried herbs. Think dried rosemary, sumac or seasoning mixes.
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Have you made focaccia bread before!? I can’t wait to see your creations that you make.


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