Perfect Recipe for Stand Mixers!
Of all the Italian breads you can make at home, this Italian Rosemary Focaccia Bread recipe has got to be one of the most rewarding. Fresh focaccia is typically a soft, spongy bread perfect for a scarpetta (sopping up sauce) or sandwiches. This is a classic Focaccia al Rosmarino topped with fresh rosemary!
In Italy, there are many recipes for focaccia— some tall, some short. Some are full of bubbles and others crispy. This recipe can be made either tall or short simply by using a small vs large tray.
Looking instead for an authentic Focaccia Genovese recipe? Check out our other recipe 🙂
Or, perhaps a super soft, tall bubbly no-knead focaccia recipe is more your speed. We’ve got that recipe too 🙂
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How to Rosemary Focaccia Bread: Tips
We highly recommend making a double batch of this bread! It is so delicious, it will disappear quickly and it freezes wonderfully. Plus, if you have a large stand mixer bowl, the stand mixer works best when you make larger batches.
A note about flour: Most all-purpose flour has enough gluten to produce a delicious focaccia using this recipe. However, bread flour —such as the Caputo flour (affiliate link) we often use— will produce the most reliable results.
Use your oven as a proofing box!
Alternatively, turn your oven light on, and let the dough rise in the oven.
If you know how low the temperature of your oven can go, set the temperature to 89° F (32° C) and let the bread dough rise there. You’ll still want to cover it with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel to prevent a skin forming on the dough.
Time for a long rise?
If you have plenty of time for a nice long rise, you can add the milk and water as is (cold).
However, we recommend warming these liquids in the microwave for about 10 seconds to bring them to lukewarm temperature. This will give the yeast a boost.
Optimal temperature for yeast? 100° F (38° C). Hotter water can kill the yeast.
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Rosemary Focaccia Bread Recipe
- Stand Mixer (optional)
- 1 lb flour all-purpose or bread
- 1 ½ tsp instant yeast fast or quick rise yeast
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup water lukewarm
- ½ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
- 2 ¼ tsp fine salt
- coarse salt to taste (optional)
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary minced
Make the Dough
- Combine the flour, sugar, and instant (‘fast rise’) yeast to the stand mixer bowl.1 lb flour, 1 tbsp granulated sugar, 1 ½ tsp instant yeast
- Combine the water with whole milk. Bring the liquids to lukewarm temperature.1 cup water, ½ cup whole milk
- Using the paddle attachment, start the stand mixer on low speed.Slowly add the milk/water to the flour mix.
- Right after the milk/water is added, slowly add olive oil to the dough. Add 1-2 tablespoons of flour if needed to help the dough integrate the oil. Add the fine salt to the dough.¼ cup olive oil, 2 ¼ tsp fine salt
- Replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook.
- Knead the dough for 15 minutes on low speed. The dough will be wet and sticky.
First Dough Rise
- Transfer the dough to a large, well-oiled bowl. To form a nice dough ball: Wet your hands with water. Stretch a corner of the dough, then fold it into the center. Give the bowl a quarter turn and repeat with wet hands. Continue turning, stretching and folding three more times. Flip the dough over.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Let the dough rise in a warm or sunny spot for 1-2 hours—or until doubled in size.
Second Dough Rise
- Transfer the dough to a jelly roll or cake pan covered with oiled parchment paper. Cover your hands in olive oil. Stretch the dough by pushing down and out with your fingertips. Stretch from the center out until the dough reaches the edge of the pan.
- Then, press around the entire surface of the dough with fingertips to create little crevices for oil to pool in.
- Cover the pan. Let dough rise for one more hour.
- Now's the time to add extra olive oil on the top, or any toppings you desire—like rosemary and coarse or flake salt.coarse salt, 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
Bake the Focaccia
- Bake in a pre-heated 350° F (175° C) oven for about 25 minutes. For a pan that is larger (40×30 cm or 15"x12") you’ll need 25-30 minutes. For a smaller pan (and taller focaccia) you may need 30-35 minutes.