Easy Garlic Focaccia Bread
  • 1¼ cup WARM WATER
  • 2½ teaspoon ACTIVE DRY YEAST
  • 2 Tablespoons OLIVE OIL
  • 3¼ cups FLOUR (+ ¼ cup, if needed)
  • 1½ teaspoons SALT
  • ½ teaspoon ITALIAN SEASONING
  • ¼ cup OLIVE OIL
  1. Stir together warm water and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer*, combine 3¼ cups flour, 1½ teaspoon salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil and yeast/water mixture. Stir together and knead with dough hook for about 5 minutes. (If your dough is sticky to the touch, add up to ¼ cup of additional flour. Be sure to knead well after adding it.)
  3. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Turn dough out of the bowl and onto the baking sheet, then turn it over so that both sides are well oiled. Spread dough out in a rectangle shape using your fingers.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 30-60 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Remove plastic wrap from dough gently use your finger tips to dimple the surface of the dough. Drizzle with remaining 2 Tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.
*If you do not have a stand mixer, you can stir together in a large bowl and knead on a well floured surface for 5-10 minutes. Return to the mixing bowl for its first rise. You can also use the dough cycle on a bread maker to combine all dough ingredients and wait until the first rise is complete.
Recipe by Crumbs and Chaos at http://www.crumbsandchaos.net/2014/08/easy-garlic-focaccia-bread/