Vegan-Friendly Rosemary Olive Focaccia Bread: Recipes Worth Cooking

Tie up your apron and make yourself a batch of this delicious fresh-baked rosemary olive focaccia bread. Fluffy, fresh, and fantastically comforting!

This recipe can be prepared in 25 minutes and cooked in 20 (additional time needed for dough). Check out the video above to see how it is done, or read through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions below.

Rosemary Olive Focaccia Bread
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Ingredients (Serves 12)

  • 1 and ½ cups of Warm Water
  • 1 tsp of Sugar
  • 1 packet of Active Dry Yeast (0.25 oz)
  • 4 cups of Flour (Unbleached white all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tsps of Salt
  • ½ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsps of Fresh Rosemary (Stem removed)
  • 1 handful of Olives
  • ⅓ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ⅓ cup of Water
  • Course ground salt (To taste)
  • Olive Oil for drizzling (Optional)

Cooking Steps

  1. Add warm water, sugar, and active dry yeast to a small bowl and stir. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 – 15 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, and wet yeast mixture, and mix together until a dough forms.
  3. Flip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for 5 – 10 minutes.
  4. Clean out the mixing bowl and coat the bowl lightly with oil.
  5. Place the ball of dough into the bowl, flipping to coat with oil.
  6. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow it to rise in a warm area for 1.5 hours, or until the dough doubles in size.
  7. Place the risen dough back onto your lightly floured surface.
  8. Very gently tumble it around to “knock the air out”.
  9. Shape the dough and place it onto an oiled baking pan or baking dish. 
  10. You have a few options for shaping your dough. You can spread the entire mass into a 7″ x 11″ baking dish (this will produce a thicker and very uniform rectangular focaccia). For a more rustic hand-formed focaccia, you can spread the dough onto a large baking sheet in one big mass or break it into two, three, or four mini-loaves.
  11. Once shaped on your oiled baking dish or pan, lightly coat the dough with oil, cover it with a damp cloth or oiled plastic wrap, and leave it to rise for another 30 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  13. Remove the cloth or plastic wrap from the dough and add your toppings.
  14. Press the olives, fresh rosemary sprigs, and anything else you’d like to add deep into the dough.
  15. Using your finger, stab the rest of the dough to create the classic focaccia indents that will catch the oil. Push your fingers from the top of the dough straight down all the way through to the bottom. Continue across the entire surface until the full loaf is covered with finger indents spaced about an inch (or less) apart.
  16. In a jar or container with a lid, add the ⅓ cup of olive oil and ⅓ cup of water and shake vigorously until combined. Pour this mixture on top of your dough (it will hang out in the finger indents you just made).
  17. Bake for 20 minutes until very lightly browned on top.
  18. Remove, sprinkle with chunky salt, and enjoy!

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