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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

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Rising Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Tender, yet rustic focaccia recipe with a rich olive oil flavor.
Servings: 12 pieces



  • 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 lukewarm. 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.
  • 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 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove the plastic wrap and turn the mixer back on for 30 seconds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • You can leave the focaccia in the baking dish or turn in out for easy cutting.


Serving: 1piece, Calories: 201kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 411mg, Potassium: 59mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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  2. SO good

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

  11. 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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  16. 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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  18. This looks delicious! My two toddler daughters are absolutely crazy about olives, so I know they’ll love this!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. 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! :)

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

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

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

  31. 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.

  32. I do love (and miss) focaccia!

  33. Amazing pictures! have to try it soon.

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

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

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

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

  38. The olives make this such a beautiful focaccia!

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

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

  41. 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!

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

  43. This one is irresistible!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  50. 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!

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

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

  53. Oh focaccia, how I love thee!

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

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

  56. 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!

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

  58. I love focaccia bread so much and this looks wonderful!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  66. 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!

  67. I LOVE focaccia! This looks wonderful Sommer!

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

  69. Love kalamata olives and they look great in this bread!

  70. 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!

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

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

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

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

  75. 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. =)

  76. 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.

  77. This looks amazing, Sommer! Gorgeous!

  78. This came out so absolutely perfectly!!