Italian Herb Focaccia Bread

Italian herb focaccia bread is an Italian classic with many uses. It can be served with easy homemade bruschetta as an appetizer, made into sandwiches or as a side to pasta!

Italian Herb Focaccia Bread

Italian Herb Focaccia Bread

Course Appetizer, Bread
Servings 12
Calories 185 kcal


  • 7 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • cups water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp dry active yeast
  • cups flour
  • tsp salt


  • In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning. Set aside.
  • Drizzle 2 tbsp olive oil over the bottom of a 9” x 13” pan.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix water, sugar and 3 tbsp olive oil. Heat in microwave to a temperature of between 110℉ – 115℉. This should take less than a minute and it’s very important to use a thermometer to get the correct temperature. 
  • Dissolve yeast in the water mixture and set aside for 7 minutes to proof. It should “bloom” or form a foam on top.
  • In the meantime, add flour and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk together with a fork. When the yeast mixture is proofed, add to flour and mix on high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Scoop batter into prepared pan, cover and let rise for 60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  • Use your fingers to dimple the surface of the bread. Use your fingers or a pastry brush to drizzle and spread the garlic/herb/olive oil mixture over the surface of the batter. Use more olive oil, if necessary, to ensure that the top is completely coated.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes then turn out bread onto a wire rack.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Hack: Tightly covered leftovers will remain fresh at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week. Alternatively, they can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Keyword appetizer, bread, easy, flatbread, focaccia, hors d'oeuvres, pita bread, pizza, side dish, vegan, vegetarian, yeast

Did you know?  Focaccia is the “original” pizza crust!  Check out some fun facts here!

Suggestion:  I love focaccia bread with bean recipes like this slow cooker pork and beans!


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