Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Easy Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia Bread is a quick and easy no knead yeast bread that’s ready in about an hour. This classic Italian crusty bread makes the most fabulous appetizer ever!

At the end of the day, if you’ve got your favorite drink in one hand, and a basket of hot salty Meyer lemon and rosemary focaccia bread by your side, you can count yourself among the very fortunate. 

And since a good focaccia bread requires nothing more than flour, water, yeast, and about an hour of your time, it’s a luxury within everyone’s reach. I love it. The combination of the dimpled bread, infused with olive oil and topped with salt and herbs is simple, but perfect. I always make sure to empty (repeatedly) the little basket that they bring to the table at our favorite Italian restaurant, just to keep it flowing 🙂

I’ve been making this particular recipe for years. It’s so easy it’s ridiculous. The process is not really bread-like at all since you stir up the yeast, water and flour with a wooden spoon, more like a batter. It rises just once, for 40 minutes, and then it’s ready for the oven. No kneading, no fussing.

Today I layered on paper thin slices of Meyer lemon, but you can use so many other things, like whole or sliced olives, artichokes, thinly sliced onion, whatever strikes your fancy. The important thing is to make sure that all those little dimples you make with your fingertips in the unbaked dough get filled with lots of fruity olive oil.

It’s also important to slice the lemons very thin or they will be unpleasant to bite into. Even sweet Meyer lemons benefit from a mandoline slicer, it does the job easily and beautifully, although even if your lemons don’t come out in perfect rounds, the bread will still have a lovely rustic look to it.

Meyer lemons are a personal favorite of mine, if you love them too, you’ll want to check out these other lemony recipes:


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“I loveeeee this recipe, and have made it to great reviews. There’s something about the flavours that are a revelation.”  ~  Ozoz

Easy Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia Bread
3.96 from 22 votes

Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia

Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia Bread is a quick and easy no knead yeast bread that's ready in about an hour.  This classic Italian crusty bread makes the most fabulous appetizer ever!
Course bread
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
resting 40 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 cups warm water, 105-110F
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp table salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • olive oil
  • fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 Meyer lemons, sliced paper thin, seeds removed
  • kosher or sea salt for sprinkling over the top


  • Set oven to 425F
  • Put the yeast in a large mixing bowl and pour in the warm water.
  • Add the salt and 2 cups of the flour, mix into a soft and sticky dough.
  • Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and mix well. (The dough will still be a bit sticky)
  • Cover and let rise for 40 minutes in a warm place.
  • Press out the dough on a well oiled baking sheet. Using your fingers, ease it into a rectangle, approximately 9x13, give or take.
  • Put the olive oil in a small bowl and dip your fingers into the oil, and then all over the bread, poking the bread surface and leaving little pools of oil. Do this all over the bread. Don't skimp; this will result in great flavor after the bread is baked.
  • Arrange the lemon slices across the top, then scatter the rosemary leaves. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes until lightly golden.
  • The rosemary will crisp up in the oven, so you may want to scatter some fresh leaves on top of the bread after baking to refresh the rosemary flavor and give it visual appeal.

Cook's notes

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Don’t forget to pin this easy Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Focaccia Bread!

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  • Reply
    Patti Schulenberg
    May 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    What Olive oil do you use or can you recommend a good one?

    • Reply
      May 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      I always use Extra Virgin, Pam, but I don’t have a favorite right now, I like to buy different brands for variety!

  • Reply
    Nancy Long
    April 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    what would you suggest if Meyer lemons aren’t available. Have never been able to find them here in W. Central FL

    • Reply
      April 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Definitely use regular, organic lemons, Nancy, and be sure to slice them very thinly.

      • Reply
        October 23, 2016 at 12:26 pm

        I just bought Meyer Lemons in a small bag of six at Walmart (Hattiesburg, MS). I had to ask the produce clerk if the store carried Meyer Lemons because I didn’5 notice them when I looked. I’m preparing Sue’s recipe for the first time to take to a dinner party tonight.

  • Reply
    April 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I loveeeee this recipe, and have made it to great reviews. There’s something about the flavours that are a revelation.

  • Reply
    April 23, 2013 at 4:44 am

    LOVE this flavor pairing!

  • Reply
    Cynthia Phinney
    April 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    5 stars
    I pinned this the day it appeared and made it for lunch today when my father-in-law came over. It was easy, just like you said, and also beautiful and delicious. Two questions:
    After adding 2 cups of flour the dough seemed wet, not just sticky, and after adding all four cups it seemed sticky like I was expecting back at the two-cup stage, so I added another half cup of flour. It came out great. I was using a sifted wheat flour from a local grist mill. Do you think this was just a difference in the flour, or should have gone ahead and let it rise in its sticky form without the extra flour?
    The rosemary seemed to just dry up on the top when it baked. Tasted great but tended to fall off. Do you do anything to it other than sprinkle it on and let it dry (like oil it, or get it wet so it will stick to the dough)?
    What temp do you bake at?
    I love focaccia but have never made it before. Thank you for this recipe. It’s a delicious keeper!

    • Reply
      Cynthia Phinney
      April 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Actually I guess that was three questions. 🙂

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      April 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Sorry, Cynthia, I didn’t see your question until today. This bread dough is still a bit sticky after all the flour is added. More sticky than a traditional bread dough. If you added the extra flour and it turned out well, then that’s fine. Different flours can vary a lot in terms of how much liquid they will absorb. I bake at 425, and I updated, thanks.
      As for the rosemary, it does dry up, and I usually scatter some fresh leaves over the bread after it cooks.
      I’m glad you liked it!

    • Reply
      April 5, 2019 at 10:18 am

      I used bread flour, so that would made some difference. The dough is definitely sticky, and should be. As for the rosemary, I always add some fresh after baking, and I bake at 425F

  • Reply
    shannon weber
    April 19, 2013 at 1:06 am

    oh my goodness, perfect. it’s like all i can say. i would eat way too much of this, obviously.

  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    April 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    So gorgeous Sue! I like focaccia much more than pizza, and it´s so easy.

  • Reply
    Mary Younkin
    April 14, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I already pinned this one, but I had to stop and tell you that this is the most beautiful focaccia I have ever seen! I’m in awe of it.

  • Reply
    belleau kitchen
    April 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    saw these of facebook and just had to come by and read it in full… GLORIOUS taste of sunshine… i’m off to make them NOW!

  • Reply
    Carol | a cup of mascarpone
    April 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Sue, this is absolutely incredible! I just woke up and saw it on fb. My daughter is visiting for the weekend, and I’m heading to the grocery store to get the rosemary to make this for tonight. LOVE!!! Happy Saturday!

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    [email protected]
    April 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    This looks as beautiful as it does delicious! How many recipes have you posted? I was watching Julie & Julia on the plane to Paris today and thought of you…

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      April 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Well now there’s a compliment! 🙂 🙂 I haven’t counted, but I’m going to be shifting over to wordpress shortly, and I think I’ll weed out the older posts when I do.

  • Reply
    April 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I am always up for focaccia, no matter what time it is! Especially when it’s served with a tasty cocktail. MAJOR yum!

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 13, 2013 at 5:31 am

    These are your best pics to date, or in the top of the pack, for sure. Stunning! And I have been wanting to make focaccia for awhile..this post may get me going. Pinning!

  • Reply
    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    April 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

    The focaccia looks delicious. I would make a meal out of this bread.

  • Reply
    Magnolia Verandah
    April 13, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Like the look of this – on the list of “to do” for this weekend. Love the one year ago segment too.

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    April 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    YUM! I might just have to make this for dinner tonight 🙂

  • Reply
    La Table De Nana
    April 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I love all breads and agree with a lucky comfort.
    It snowed an hailed here..but I made macaroons..tonight is Jacques’ pizza..a glass of wine..
    Never tried with lemons..looks good:-)

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