Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 pieces 1x


The most delicious focaccia bread is homemade herb focaccia bread! This recipe features garlic and herbs with the crunchy focaccia bread crust.



  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (we used rosemary and basil)
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 10 x 15-inch baking pan (jelly roll pan)


  1. In a bowl, mix the warm water and dry yeast. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or food processor), add the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, the yeast mixture, kosher salt, 1/4 cup olive oil, and the sugar. Stir the mixture together a bit using the dough hook from your mixer to start the mixture. Attach the dough hook, and then start to mix the dough on a low speed for about 12 minutes, slowly adding about 1/2 cup all purpose flour as the dough mixes, until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (Alternatively, you can knead the dough by hand on a floured surface for about 10 minutes, adding the additional flour in the same way to get the dough to a smooth and elastic consistency.)
  3. Turn the mixture out into an oiled bowl. Cover with a towel, and wait about 1 1/2 hours, until it has doubled in size.
  4. Coat a 10 x 15-inch baking pan (jelly roll pan) with about 1 tablespoon oil. Punch down the dough, then knead it into a ball. Using your fingertips, spread the dough into the baking sheet. Let it rise for about 30 minutes in the pan until puffy.
  5. While you wait, preheat the oven to 475°F. Mince the garlic and chop the fresh herbs.
  6. After 30 minutes, drizzle the bread with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with minced garlic and herbs and several pinches of kosher or sea salt. Using your knuckle, make small indentations across the top of the bread, about 1/2 inch deep and about 1/2 inch apart.
  7. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Focaccia Bread, Homemade Focaccia Bread, herb focaccia bread