Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives

Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives #breadTender, yet rustic focaccia recipe with a rich olive oil flavor. This Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives makes a wonderful addition to any meal.

Tender Focaccia #Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives

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.”

The Best Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives

I love this particular Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives 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

Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives 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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Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives

Yield: 12+ servings

Prep Time:30 minutes active time

Cook Time:35-45 minutes

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  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil + extra for the bowl and pan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic, smashed
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups pitted kalamata olives
  • Salt and Pepper


  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 tablespoons 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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79 comments on “Focaccia Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olives

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted February 25, 2013 at 5:17 am Reply

    This came out so absolutely perfectly!!

  2. Robyn | Add a Pinchposted February 25, 2013 at 6:41 am Reply

    This looks amazing, Sommer! Gorgeous!

  3. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted February 25, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    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.

  4. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted February 25, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    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. =)

  5. Leslieposted February 25, 2013 at 7:30 am Reply

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

  6. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted February 25, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

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

  7. marlaposted February 25, 2013 at 7:36 am Reply

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

  8. Cassieposted February 25, 2013 at 7:51 am Reply

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

  9. Wendyposted February 25, 2013 at 8:03 am Reply

    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!

  10. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 25, 2013 at 8:11 am Reply

    Love kalamata olives and they look great in this bread!

  11. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted February 25, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

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

  12. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted February 25, 2013 at 8:41 am Reply

    I LOVE focaccia! This looks wonderful Sommer!

  13. Julie @ Table for Twoposted February 25, 2013 at 9:42 am Reply

    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!

  14. Heather Christoposted February 25, 2013 at 9:53 am Reply

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

  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted February 25, 2013 at 9:54 am Reply

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

  16. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted February 25, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply

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

  17. lynn @ the actor's dietposted February 25, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

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

  18. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted February 25, 2013 at 10:28 am Reply

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

  19. naomiposted February 25, 2013 at 10:31 am Reply

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

  20. Jenny Flakeposted February 25, 2013 at 10:37 am Reply

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

  21. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 25, 2013 at 11:15 am Reply

    I love focaccia bread so much and this looks wonderful!

  22. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted February 25, 2013 at 11:20 am Reply

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

  23. katieposted February 25, 2013 at 11:25 am Reply

    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!

  24. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted February 25, 2013 at 11:30 am Reply

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

  25. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted February 25, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

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

  26. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted February 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Oh focaccia, how I love thee!

  27. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungryposted February 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

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

  28. Amandaposted February 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm Reply

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

  29. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted February 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply

    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!

  30. Marian (Sweetopia)posted February 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm Reply

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

  31. Cookin' Canuckposted February 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply

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

  32. [email protected] Food Ramblingsposted February 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply

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

  33. Mercedesposted February 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

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

  34. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted February 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm Reply

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

  35. Jeanetteposted February 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm Reply

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

  36. Coletteposted February 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm Reply

    This one is irresistible!

  37. Marlyposted February 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply

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

  38. a farmer in the dellposted February 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

    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!

  39. shelly (cookies and cups)posted February 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm Reply

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

  40. Amy (Savory Moments)posted February 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm Reply

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

  41. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted February 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm Reply

    The olives make this such a beautiful focaccia!

  42. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted February 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm Reply

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

  43. Sandy @ REposted February 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm Reply

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

  44. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted February 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm Reply

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

  45. Food Loverposted February 26, 2013 at 12:50 am Reply

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

  46. Mariaposted February 26, 2013 at 1:17 am Reply

    Amazing pictures! have to try it soon.

  47. Carolynposted February 26, 2013 at 4:56 am Reply

    I do love (and miss) focaccia!

  48. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted February 26, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    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.

  49. Christine (Cook the Story)posted February 26, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

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

  50. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted February 26, 2013 at 10:47 am Reply

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

  51. Monetposted February 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm Reply

    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!

  52. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dryposted February 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

    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!

  53. Angieposted February 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm Reply

    I love it!

  54. Amber (Sprinkled With Flour)posted February 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm Reply

    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! :)

  55. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted February 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm Reply

    looking great girl!

  56. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted February 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Roasted garlic deliciousness!

  57. Serena Bakes Simply From Scratchposted February 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm Reply

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

  58. Paula - bell'alimentoposted February 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm Reply

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

  59. Chrisposted February 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm Reply

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

  60. A Couple in the Kitchenposted February 28, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

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

  61. Shiloh Barkleyposted March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm Reply

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

  62. Shainaposted March 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm Reply

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

  63. Jenposted March 10, 2013 at 6:37 am Reply

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

  64. Jackie {La Casa de Sweets}posted March 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm Reply

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

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  66. shirley woolwardposted March 30, 2013 at 9:05 am Reply

    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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  71. Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Bakerposted February 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm Reply

    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. :)

  72. Robynposted March 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm Reply

    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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