Simple Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's really satisfying to make your own fresh bread from scratch, and focaccia is so simple and delicious. We made two rosemary loaves this weekend and also exchanged the rosemary for French olives in another. There is nothing like smelling it baking in the oven, wafting the aroma all through the house. And drizzled in olive oil and eaten with fresh pesto and a glass of wine!? Too good for words.  Have any of you ever heard of L'Abri in Switzerland? That's where I learned years ago to make focaccia.
Dissolve 1 pack of active dry yeast (1/4 oz envelope) & a handful of sugar in 1/2 cup of warm water. Let stand until it becomes creamy about 5-10 minutes.

Stir the yeast mixture into a large bowl of 2 cups all-purpose flour mixed with a large handful of salt & separated fresh rosemary leaves. Mix altogether until all of the flour is absorbed. You may need to add a dash of water. Knead it on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes until it becomes a smooth ball.

Lightly cover the bowl in olive oil and place the ball of dough in the bowl, coating it well in the olive oil. Cover the bowl with a warm, damp cloth and let the dough rise for about 30 minutes. It should double in size.

With a rolling pin or your hands, form the dough to a baking sheet as thin or thick as you like. I like to thin it out like you would with pizza dough. Using your knuckle or thumb, create indentations 1/2 inch apart on top of the dough. Drizzle a good amount of olive oil on top and use your fingers to cover the entire top of the dough. It's even better if a little gets under the dough too. Sprinkle on fresh rosemary leaves and sea salt and bake on 500 degrees for 10-20 minutes. {The olive oil and salt will collect in the indentations and add a burst of flavor}

Once out of the oven, drizzle on even more olive oil {!} and serve hot... ideally with salad, pesto, wine & cheese... (:
 Thank you so much for letting me try out my recipes & photography with you all!


  1. Sounds so easy and yummy! -Heidi

  2. Looks incredible! I absolutely love Foccocia - these pictures are making me drool!


  3. This bread looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing all of the recipes that you do!

  4. You went to L'Abri? How did I not know this? and yum yum yum looks delish my darlin! love Katie

  5. I absolutely LOVE your recipes! I tried a couple of your pizza recipes for my husband last week and he couldn't stop talking about how delicious they were! This looks just as amazing! So keep 'em coming :)

  6. This is making my mouth water. I think I could live on a diet of bread, cheese, and olives {and olive oil!} for the rest of my life! Thanks for sharing can't wait to try it!

  7. The food you make always looks so incredible and this is no exception. I can't wait to try out this recipe!

    The Glossy Life

  8. This look soo yummy and your photos are beautiful - so THANK you :)

  9. Anonymous14.8.12

    yes yes and yes.
    love, lanneybear.

  10. Thanks for the recipe! I used it last night. Turned out AMAZING! Thanks again dear friend.

  11. When can we expect the Amanda Marshall cookbook? I'm excited to try this recipe but I think I'll wait til I can enjoy it with some nice wine :)

  12. This looks so so yummy! I really must try this! I'll report back!

  13. Yum, it looks almost too pretty to eat!


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