Make Focaccia like an Italian

Make Focaccia Bread Like An Italian

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I try to maximise my very limited spare time and be the best mother I can possibly be. I remember winter afternoons in Italy, coming back from a volleyball match, my mother would prepare a warm-from-the-oven focaccia bread. The aroma of freshly baked focaccia mixed with rosemary and olive oil would fill the house.

I try to do the same for my son and I am glad to share this easy focaccia recipe with you.


500 gr white bread flour

5g powdered yeast

10 gr fine salt

325 ml lukewarm water

2 tbsp olive oil

Sea salt

Rosemary sprigs

ingredients for focaccia bread

Ingredients needed for the focaccia bread

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix it all in a mixer at low speed, I use KitchenAid. If you do not have a mixer you can do it by hand. Once all the ingredients are mixed together, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and keep the mixer on low speed for 10 minutes.

Ingredients focaccia bread

Ingredients before being mixed

2. Need the dough until it becomes a firm, looking like this:

Ready to go dough

Mix to a firm round shape

3, Transfer the dough to a clean, slightly oiled container. Use a dough scraper to make sure you get all the dough out of the container – I try to keep the waste to a minimum just as mother used to do.

Before the dough scrapping

Before scraping the dough out

After the dough scrapping


4. Shape the dough into a ball while keeping the dough inside the container. The oil makes it easy to shape it into a ball – the more even the better as it will raise uniformly.

5. Place it in a round container with some cling film to cover it. You can also put the container inside a plastic bag, although I find it difficult to see when the dough is ready for the next step. Leave it to rest for 1.5 hour.

Proving the dough

Proving the dough

6. Flatten the dough. Once the dough has doubled in size, flatten it and place it in a slightly oiled baking tray. Make sure you cover the entire surface including the corners. I use a ceramic tray because the thickness of the ceramic helps the focaccia cook better.

Focaccia in baking tray

Focaccia in baking tray

7. Put the baking tray in a plastic bag (or seal it with cling paper) and let it raise for 30 minutes. In the meantime, switch on the oven to 250 °C.

Focaccia bread

8. Make small holes. After 30 minutes, once the dough has raised, poke little holes with your finger tips.

Focaccia with holes

Focaccia with holes

9. Add sea salt and rosemary and a generous amount of olive oil (don’t soak it)

Focaccia with olive oil

Focaccia with olive oil

10. Bake for 10 minutes at 250°C, then for another 10 minutes at 200°C.

Focaccia in the oven

Focaccia in the oven

Congrats! You are now a proper Italian Mamma.

Final results

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