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Basic Focaccia with Four Variations

Delicious homemade focaccia fresh from the oven in roughly 2 hours. Four delicious variations to accompany any dinner cuisine.


  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Sea salt for topping
  • Herbs and Cheese for Topping (optional, see variations below)


  1. Combine yeast, sugar and warm water in a large bowl or in a stand mixer and allow it to bloom, approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and knead by hand or with a mixer until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal pieces. Place each piece into an oiled 9″ x 9″ glass pan. Gently push and punch the round of dough so that it reaches each corner and edge of the pan. Repeat for the second pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Cover the dough with a towel and allow to rise is a warm place for 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the top of each loaf and gently spread using clean fingers or a brush to cover the entire surface. Add sea salt and any other desired toppings and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges and surface.
  6. Remove pans from the oven; remove bread from the pans and allow to cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking.


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