Roasted Garlic and Olive Focaccia

Tender, yet rustic focaccia bread with a rich olive oil flavor. This focaccia recipe with roasted garlic and kalamata olives makes a wonderful addition to any meal.

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Remember that roasted garlic we made last week? Well now it’s time to put it to good use!

The other day I realized that it has been a long time since I’ve made focaccia bread.

What a travesty. Especially since focaccia bread is one of my favorite breads to make at home.

It’s so….. free-spirited.

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There is no need to form perfect loaves, or brush a perfect glossy glaze over the top.

Forget perfection.

In fact, once your dough is ready, you can shape it anyway you please, and add additional flavors ’til your heart’s content.

The last time I posted a focaccia recipe, I made a lemon-herb variety and decorated the top with red onions. Today’s focaccia recipe involves roasted garlic and olive “buttons.”

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I love this particular focaccia bread because it’s lighter and more tender than most of the focaccia recipes I’ve played with.

It has a rich olive oil flavor, but texturally, it’s more like a soft country bread.

I’ve loaded it up with sweet roasted garlic, and pressed kalamata olives deep into the surface to add briny contrast.

Focaccia Collage

This focaccia bread is heavenly.

You can make a huge flat loaf in an 11 X 15 inch baking dish, a slightly taller than average 9 X 13 loaf, or press it out free-form on a baking sheet.

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Go free-spirits!

This is a baking project just for you.

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Yield: 12+ servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes active time

Cook Time: 35-45 minutes

Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 Tb. olive oil + extra for the bowl and pan
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt
  • 2 Tb. roasted garlic, smashed
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups pitted kalamata olives
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Pour the hot water and honey into the bowl of your electric mixer. Swirl the bowl around until the honey has dissolved and the water is just luke-warm. Add one package of dry active yeast and swirl around. Allow the yeast to foam for 10 minutes or so. Then add the cold water, 3 Tb. oil, salt, and smashed roasted garlic. Using the bread hook attachment, turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour. “Knead” on low for about 10 minutes.
  2. Pull the dough away from the sides and rub the bowl down with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Remove the plastic wrap and turn the mixer back on for 30 seconds.
  3. Thoroughly oil a 9X13 or 11X15 rimmed baking dish. Press to dough to the edges, don’t be afraid to let your fingers puncture the dough—this will created the bumpy, rustic texture of traditional focaccia bread.
  4. Once the dough is spread out, poke deep cavities in the dough and place an olive in each hole. Push the olives down far, otherwise they might pop out when the dough rises. Drizzle the top with more olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Cover the dough with a clean damp towel. Allow the dough to rise again for at least 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top is golden-brown. (If you used a 11X15 dish, it might be more like 30-35 minutes.)
  6. You can leave the focaccia in the baking dish or turn in out for easy cutting.

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75 Responses to “Roasted Garlic and Olive Focaccia”

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    Belinda @zomppa — February 25, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    This came out so absolutely perfectly!!

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 25, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    This looks amazing, Sommer! Gorgeous!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — February 25, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Ever since learning how to make focaccia a few years ago, I’ve been kind of obsessed. Haven’t played around with different toppings though. Kinda have to get on that.

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — February 25, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Gorgeous focaccia! It’s one of my favorite breads to serve for casual entertaining. Guests help themselves and before you know it, a whole slab is gone. =)

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    Leslie — February 25, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    I love love love love focaccia!!!! It has to be my favorite bread of alllllll time. Yours looks perfect!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — February 25, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Mmmm, this sounds like a perfect use for that yummy roasted garlic! Beautiful photos!

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    marla — February 25, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    This is so fun Sommer! Love all those olives in this bread :)

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    Cassie — February 25, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    I love focaccia bread, this is just beautiful, Sommer. And sounds so simple!

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    Wendy — February 25, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Your focaccia looks lucious; light and full of flavor. You have convinced me to give it a try. I really must have a bite of this :) Thank you for the recipe!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — February 25, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Love kalamata olives and they look great in this bread!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — February 25, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    This looks amazing, Sommer! I’m such a sucker for anything involving olives, especially bread. :)

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 25, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I LOVE focaccia! This looks wonderful Sommer!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 25, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I love the flavors in here! It’s so fun that the olives are nestled in the focaccia’s holes and getting all flavorful and melding with the other flavors. This looks to die for!

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    Heather Christo — February 25, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    I love foocaccia, and these flavors are just perfect! I especially love those gorgeous olives!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 25, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Focaccia bread is one of my favorite breads out there! This does look light and yummy!

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — February 25, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I am 100% in love with this – all of my favorite flavors on one bread!

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    lynn @ the actor's diet — February 25, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    this is stunning! I’m slightly scared of yeast, i have to admit, but this looks do-able…

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 25, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Oh my! Such a fabulous recipe. This looks awesome!

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    naomi — February 25, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    oh my, I”m going to be in trouble with this one!!

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    Jenny Flake — February 25, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    What a perfect sounding bread! I’m afraid I couldn’t be left alone with it, lol! Looks amazing :)

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 25, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I love focaccia bread so much and this looks wonderful!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — February 25, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    A light and tender focaccia yet still rustic with kalamata buttons? Yum, I’m there! Beautiful job, Sommer!

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    katie — February 25, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    my mouth is watering with this bread! I recently learned how to make focaccia bread… so I’m up for another challenge and of course I love the idea of adding olives in it!

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — February 25, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    Mmmmhmmm…I would like to bury my face in that bread. Yum squared!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 25, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I adore olives. ADORE. Stuff them in bread and it’s like a dream come true.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 25, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Oh focaccia, how I love thee!

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    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — February 25, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Focaccia is one of the only breads I am not completely terrified of making. And the addition of olives and roasted garlic sounds heavenly.

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    Amanda — February 25, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    This bread looks perfect Sommer!! Love focaccia!! :)

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — February 25, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    What a delicious sounding bread! Wish I could try some right now!

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 25, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    This makes me salivate! That pillowy focaccia with the briny olives looks like pure heaven.

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 25, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    i’ve been seeing these pictures all over facebook and really want a slice!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — February 25, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    As much as I love focaccia bread I don’t make it often. Why? I can’t seem to stop eating it! I always use garlic and rosemary…olives must be next!

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    Mercedes — February 25, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    I love focaccia and have not made it in so long! I love the flavors that you incorporated into this recipe!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 25, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Oh now thiiiiiiis is what I need today. Everyday. Forever.

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    Jeanette — February 25, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    I love the rise of your focaccia bread Sommer! Looks so nice and light…and I love roasted garlic with just about anything.

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    Colette — February 25, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    This one is irresistible!

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    Marly — February 25, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    You had me at roasted garlic! Definitely have to try this one!

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    a farmer in the dell — February 25, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    I love olive focaccia bread. I have never had the guts to try and make it (major anxiety with bread baking) but this looks too irresistible not to try!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — February 25, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    Love the olives in this! I will absolutely have to try this one :)

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — February 25, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    Mmmmmm — this looks so soft and really delicious! It’s very pretty, too!

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 25, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    The olives make this such a beautiful focaccia!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 25, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    I’ve never made focaccia. But now I want to! Love those olives, all dimpled on top!

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    Sandy @ RE — February 25, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

    Beautiful! And yes, we love olives, and bread, and salt! Yummy Sommer!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 25, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    I love focaccia, especially fresh out of the oven with some olive oil! Ugh, heaven!

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    Food Lover — February 26, 2013 @ 12:50 am

    Yummy! it looks amazing, can’t wait to try it :)

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    Maria — February 26, 2013 @ 1:17 am

    Amazing pictures! have to try it soon.

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    Carolyn — February 26, 2013 @ 4:56 am

    I do love (and miss) focaccia!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — February 26, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    We love to make focaccia! I’ve never put olives in mine though. Pretty sure I would love them, but I suspect my kids wouldn’t so much — maybe I can try half and half.

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    Christine (Cook the Story) — February 26, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I love anything with olives in it. Or anything bread-related. I’m so there!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 26, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    I want to dive into that pan and cuddle. This bread is AWESOME.

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    Monet — February 26, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Great minds think alike. I just made some foccacia myself! All of these pictures look so delicious. Thank you for whetting my appetite (perfect timing too…I”m about to eat lunch!) I hope you have a fabulous week!

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    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — February 26, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    First of all, I LOOOOOVE your stand mixer! I have the boring silver KitchenAid, and I am hoping one day it dies so I can get me a lime green one! (sad, I know) This bread looks so dang good, I can almost taste the Kalmata olives in it right now! Totally making this one!

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    Angie — February 26, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    I love it!

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    Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — February 26, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    I absolutely love home bread, and this homemade focaccia is just begging for me to make it. I can just imagine how soft and delicious it is! :)

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — February 26, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    looking great girl!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — February 26, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    Roasted garlic deliciousness!

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    Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — February 26, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! I love focaccia and roasted garlic! Mmmm…

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    Paula - bell'alimento — February 27, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    I can smell it all the way in Raleigh. Love.

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    Chris — February 27, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    Let’s face it, focaccia bread is just fun to make because we get to stick our fingers in it like little kids :)

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    A Couple in the Kitchen — February 28, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    Love love love the sponginess of focaccia. And what’s not to love about roasted garlic?!!?

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    Shiloh Barkley — March 3, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    Made this today! Great recipe! Thanks. It was a winner.

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    Shaina — March 5, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    Gorgeous. I’m on a bread baking stint, so I will be adding this one to the list.

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    Jen — March 10, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    That looks amazing, I’ve never made focaccia, just starting to get into baking but I’d love to give this recipe a try.

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    Jackie {La Casa de Sweets} — March 12, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    This looks delicious! My two toddler daughters are absolutely crazy about olives, so I know they’ll love this!

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    shirley woolward — March 30, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    this looks so so good ! however, no standing mixer… can i do it by hand ? ( how i do my pizza dough etc ) thanks !!

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    Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker — February 6, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

    What a perfect-looking loaf of focaccia! I’ve yet to try making any myself; that needs to change!
    P.S. Thanks for the bread link love. :)

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    Robyn — March 3, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

    This was really good…it probably needed more flour it was sticky….first time I ever made bread form scratch….will def make again!

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