Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia is a wonderfully dense, oven-baked flatbread. Its dimples cradle the earthy flavors of rosemary, sea salt, and olive oil.
Well, hello there weekend! We meet again. This weekend has been super busy, like normal, but so much fun. John, Kale, and I went to Disney Springs to meet up with a friend of mine I haven’t seen in over 18 years. She and her family were visiting Orlando, so we decided to get together for a bit. We had a blast, ate some great food, and even got a little sunburned.
I love traveling. Especially when it involves trying new foods and getting ideas for new recipes. Be sure to check back over the next few weeks for tasty dessert and bread recipes.
In the meantime, let me tell you about one of my favorite bread recipes. That’s not entirely accurate. I have LOTS of “favorite” bread recipes. LOL! I should probably clarify and say this recipe is one of my favorite flatbreads. It’s Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia to be exact, and it is wonderful!
This recipe is super simple to make and cooks perfectly. After the focaccia is baked, I like to dip it in herbed olive oil. It is also great to cut in half and spread with olive tapenade. John used the Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia to make a sandwich and used hummus instead of traditional condiments.
Are you ready to learn how to make this dense, chewy, flavorful flatbread? Great! Keep reading to find out how.
Prep the Yeast
Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside and allow the mixture to become foamy and light brown in color. This process usually takes about ten minutes. Generally, I heat the water in the microwave first. If it burns my finger, I know it is too hot for the yeast. It needs to be warm to the touch but not hot. Using water that is too hot will kill the yeast and cause it not to activate.
Make the Dough
Add the flour, salt, olive oil (three tablespoons), and yeast mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a dough hook, mix the ingredients on low speed for one minute then increase the speed to medium for five to six minutes. The dough should be soft but slightly sticky.
Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and drizzle one to two tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom. Scoop the dough into the baking dish and smooth into an even layer. I like to spray a silicone spatula with cooking spray and gently press the dough into the pan. Next, cover with a clean kitchen towel. Place in a warm, draft-free area until the dough has doubled in size. Usually, this takes about an hour.
*If you are in a time crunch or impatient, like me, you can preheat your oven to its lowest temp. Mine is 170 degrees. Turn the oven off and place the baking dish and dough in the warm oven. This process will help the dough rise faster. If you choose to do this, I highly recommend brushing the top of the dough with a light layer of olive oil to prevent drying.
After the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Use your index finger to make small indentions or dimples in the top of the dough. Sprinkle the dough with fresh rosemary, sea salt, and drizzle with additional olive oil.
Bake the Bread
Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the dish from the oven and put the bread on a cooling rack. Allow the bread to cool completely before cutting.
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil (for pan)
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 Tablespoon yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 1/2 -4 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil (for dough)
- 2-3 Tablespoons fresh rosemary
- Sea salt to taste
- Olive oil (for drizzling on top of bread, optional)
Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl and set aside. Mixture should become foamy.
Add flour, salt, olive oil, and activated yeast mixture to the bowl of a stand mixture. Using the dough attachment, mix on low for one mixture then adjust the speed to medium for 5-6 minutes.
Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Spoon dough into baking dish and smooth into an even layer. Cover with a clean towel and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees while the dough is rising.
After the dough has risen, use your index finger to make indentions in the dough.
Sprinkle rosemary and sea salt over the top. Drizzle with additional olive oil.
Place baking dish in the oven. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and place the bread on a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely before cutting.
Store in an airtight container.