Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread

Focaccia bread on a baking sheet

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread with paper thin slices of Meyer lemon is an easy yeast bread you’ll come back to again and again. With only a quick hand mixing and 40 minutes to rise, you can have it on the table, (or in your mouth!) in just over an hour.

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread on a baking sheet


Reader Rave ~

“Thanks for sharing this recipe!! It is so quick & easy to make.
We loved the focaccia bread & the dough was also really great for making pizza!” ~Teresa


This no knead focaccia (“foh-KA-cha”) bread recipe is near and dear to my heart,

It’s one of the first yeast breads I learned to make, and is still a favorite because it’s simple and foolproof. Sometimes I make it plain, sometimes just with the rosemary and salt…I’ve topped it with everything from pine nuts to cherry tomatoes, and I’m still experimenting after so many years. Make it once and it’ll become a family institution…my kids used to beg for rosemary bread like it was candy.

 Focaccia bread on a baking sheet

Who doesn’t crave homemade bread?

The smell alone drives me nuts. It’s so frustrating that most of us don’t get the chance to experience that thrill much anymore, but guess what ~ with this quick and easy focaccia recipe you can reconnect with your inner baker any time you want.

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread dough

What you’ll need for this no knead focaccia bread:

  • a packet of yeast ~ I like to use instant yeast, it’s super quick to rise, but regular is fine too.
  • flour ~ I usually use all purpose flour, but you can also use bread flour.
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • fresh rosemary
  • Meyer lemon ~ you can use a thin skinned regular lemon if you like.
  • olives ~ black and pitted.

 

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread ready to be baked

Easy no knead method:

After you’ve mixed the shaggy dough together, you’ll let it rise for about 40 minutes.

Punch it down and then pat it out onto an oiled baking sheet, it will be sticky.

Use your fingers dipped in olive oil to make little dimples all over the surface of the dough. These will hold little pools of olive oil that will bake up into the characteristic crunchy and flavorful crust.

Topped the dough with the flavorful goodies.

Pop it into a hot (425F) oven for about 20 minutes. Yum. The combination of flavors and that wonderful crusty texture is pretty great. I especially love the burst of citrus when I bite into one of those lemon bits.

 

Meyer lemons for Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread

Yes, you can eat the whole lemon slices!

Be sure to slice your lemon paper thin, and remove any seeds. I like to use my mandoline slicer for the job.

Meyer lemons are awesome, so grab them when you see them, you won’t be sorry. They’re smaller, sweeter, and thinner skinned than regular lemons, from China originally, as a cross between a lemon and either a mandarin orange or a common orange, nobody knows for sure. What is for sure is that these lemons are incredibly delicious.

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia bread on a wooden table

Where’s the best place to let my dough rise?

The ideal temperature for bread dough to rise, not surprisingly, is at body temperature, about 98.6F ~ yeast is a living organism, after all. Dough will rise at a variety of temperatures, even in the refrigerator, but it will be a much slower process. Here are some good spots for rising dough~

  • in an appliance like a proofing box, or an Instant Pot that can maintain a specific temperature. The yogurt setting (on ‘low’) works perfectly in the Instant Pot.
  • in front of a sunny window where the sunbeams can shine right on the covered dough.
  • in an oven that’s been heated to 150F, then turned off.
  • in an oven with the oven light on. Some people like to add a 9×13 pan half full of boiling water to the bottom shelf.
  • in a microwave where you’ve boiled water for several minutes just before putting your dough inside.
  • in a warm spot in the basement near a furnace.
  • on top of a running dryer ~ I used to put my youngest daughter there when she was a baby to get her to sleep 😉
  • under your down comforter ~ it works!
  • overnight in the refrigerator. Bring it back to room temperature before proceeding.

Reader Rave ~

“This was fantastic! I tried it with 1 cup whole wheat flour, the rest bread flour, and I made the dough and let it rise in my bread machine.” ~ Cheryl


Focaccia bread on a baking sheet
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Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread with paper thin slices of Meyer lemon is an easy yeast bread you'll come back to again and again.  With only a quick hand mixing and 40 minutes to rise, you can have it on the table, (or in your mouth!) in just over an hour.
Course Appetizer, bread
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 16 + servings
Calories 125kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp (one packet or 1/4 ounce) dry yeast, make sure it's fresh!
  • 2 cups warm water, (105-110F)
  • 2 tsp table salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose or bread flour, I usually use all-purpose
  • extra virgin olive oil, about 1/4 cup plus extra for oiling the bowl and baking pan
  • fresh rosemary leaves, approximately 4 Tbsp
  • 1 Meyer lemon, sliced paper thin, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup pitted oil cured, Kalamata, or other flavorful black olives, not the kind in the can.
  • kosher or sea salt for sprinkling over the top

Instructions

  • Mix the yeast and the warm water in a large bowl. Stir in the salt and 2 cups of the flour and mix into a soft sticky dough.
  • Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and mix well, the dough will still be somewhat sticky and shaggy.
  • Oil a clean bowl and transfer the dough to the oiled bowl. Cover with plastic and let sit in a warm spot for 40 minutes. I put mine in my Instant Pot that I had preheated on the Yogurt setting. Your kitchen counter will typically not be warm enough for rising dough, see notes above for suggestions)
  • Set the oven to 425F
  • Turn the risen dough out onto an oiled baking sheet. Press it out gently with floured fingers into a rectangle, about 10x15, approximately.
  • Using your fingers, dip them into the olive oil and then make little dimples all over the dough. The oil will pool in the little indentations. Don't skimp here, that oil will flavor the dough and give it great texture as it bakes, too.
  • Top with the sliced lemons, rosemary leaves, and olives, pushing them into the dough just gently. Dab a little more olive oil on top if you think you don't have enough. Shower lightly with sea salt.
  • Make sure your oven is at the correct temperature, and bake for about 20-22 minutes, until the bread is just golden. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through if the bread is baking unevenly.
  • Let cool slightly before slicing and devouring.

Cook's notes

 

  • This bread is easy to make your own, there are lots of different toppings to try, so experiment with what you like.
  • You can mix dried herbs right into the dough for an herb bread.
  • Try this with half whole wheat flour for a nutrition boost.
  • If you don't have Meyer lemons you can use regular lemons if you can get small, thin skinned ones.  Thicker skinned lemons will be too bitter.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Mickey
    February 20, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    cut the pith off of a thicker skinned lemon. no skin.

  • Reply
    s
    February 7, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Heads up to those changing the #servings before printing. The recipe changes the ingredient amounts but NOT the recipe so the instructions are inconsistent with the amount of ingredients. I had forgotten that I had changed the #servings and added way too much flour.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 7, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      I’m not at all happy with the automatic servings changer, I’m thinking of disabling it, it’s too confusing. Sorry you had trouble with it S.

  • Reply
    Alicia
    February 2, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I have a question. Could I bake this without the olives and lemons and slice it horizontally to make panini? Thanks for your help.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 2, 2021 at 9:52 am

      Yes, but the way I make it it’s pretty thin. You might want to shape it a little thicker if you plan to slice it horizontally.

      • Reply
        Alicia
        February 2, 2021 at 12:50 pm

        Will do! Can’t wait to try this! Love panini but can’t buy it around here. Thanks!

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