Rustic Focaccia Bread Recipe

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You can buy decent focaccia at the bakery, but nothing beats homemade bread! Yet, there’s that one little ingredient we so often don’t keep around the house… Patience.

The lesson of bread-making is always, “Good things come to those who wait.” Bread is not difficult to make; especially if you have an electric mixer with a bread hook. It just takes time.

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I like to make bread, as a reminder to myself, when I’m feeling restless in other areas of life. It doesn’t really matter the reason… Kids and family, work, finances. Diligence and good ol’ patience are most always the process and the answer.

You do what you can, with what you’re given. Then? You wait.

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Focaccia provides such a tasty and fragrant reminder that in the end, the reward is worth while. This crusty Rustic Focaccia Bread Recipe has an aroma that can instantly produce a dozen new friends. Holding plates.

And the flavor? Savory and delicate, with a punch of herbs in every bite.

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My Rustic Focaccia Bread Recipe is something I like to make all year long, because it pairs with so many different meals.

The rich taste and decadent texture are definitely worth the wait!

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Rustic Focaccia Bread Recipe

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Rustic Focaccia Bread Recipe, seasoned with lemon zest, fresh rosemary, and red onions. This amazing fresh bread is so flavorful and comforting.
Servings: 2 loaves
Nutrition Facts
Rustic Focaccia Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 package dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil + extra for bowl and pans
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion or shallot, + extra slices for top
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Pour the lukewarm water and honey into the bowl of your electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Add one package of dry active yeast and swirl around. Allow the yeast to foam for 10 minutes. Then add the cold water, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, rosemary, and onions. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour. Once all the flour is in the bowl, switch the paddle to the bread hook attachment. “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 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove the plastic wrap and turn the mixer back on for 30 seconds.

  3. Divide the dough into two pieces and press with your fingers into two greased 9- to 10-inch round cake pans. As you press to dough to the edges, don’t be afraid to let your fingers puncture the dough—this will create the bumpy, rustic texture of traditional focaccia.

  4. Cover both pans with a clean damp towel. Allow the dough to rise again for another 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Before baking, use the remaining tablespoon of oil and brush the tops of the loaves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and decorate with thin onion slices.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the tops are golden-brown. Turn out the bread loaves and enjoy.

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58 comments on “Rustic Focaccia Bread Recipe

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  2. Catherineposted June 16, 2016 at 7:31 am Reply

    Has anybody tried to make this bread with whole wheat flour?

  3. Ginaposted June 15, 2016 at 8:40 am Reply

    Delicious, make the focaccia yesterday, it was easy and delicious. I did sprinkle a bit of flaky sea salt on top of each before baking. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Emily @ Life on Foodposted June 14, 2016 at 9:06 am Reply

    This bread looks so flavorful. I always love homemade bread. I just need to plan ahead. Set a day and do it, otherwise I get frustrated trying to fit it in to a busy day.

  5. Heatherposted October 6, 2011 at 11:22 am Reply

    Oh my, this looks delish!

  6. The Lucky Wifeposted September 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm Reply

    That looks and sounds delicious! I’d love to start making my own bread. Hope you had a wonderful SITS day! (I’m a little late….) :)

  7. Michelle Gposted September 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm Reply

    I bet that smells AMAZING cooking in the oven!! I’ve never made homemade bread, because I don’t have a stand mixer…am I still able to make it using a different method? It looks so pretty, too…I love how you arranged the onion slices. :)

    • Abigail Zposted May 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm Reply

      I use to have that same problem, if you don’t have a standup mixer hope you have strong arms and start kneading.

  8. Mrs. Craftyposted September 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Popped over from SITS .That looks good enough to eat. :)

  9. Marie Coleposted September 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Yum, I will be right over. ;))))

  10. Michaelposted September 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I really like your site….very user friendly with the perfect amount of information for us nonbakers to think I could do this.

    Visiting from SITS

  11. Leslie, the cleaning coachposted September 21, 2011 at 8:50 am Reply

    What a beautiful site! You may have motivated me to try baking again. I don’t bake … I burn!

  12. JeNealposted September 21, 2011 at 8:14 am Reply

    soo yummy…found you via SITS.. super excited to follow u!! your recipes are amazing!!

  13. Kimberly at Rubber Chicken Madnessposted September 21, 2011 at 5:22 am Reply

    Gorgeous bread. And it doesn’t seem to be so difficult that I can’t try it and succeed. :)

  14. Jillposted September 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm Reply

    This looks amazing!!! Definitely adding a bookmark! I love making bread, but boy are you right about patience! :( lol

  15. Jeannieposted July 16, 2011 at 1:50 am Reply

    I love the look of your foccacia…so pretty how you decorate the top with the onions:)

  16. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted February 22, 2011 at 8:53 am Reply

    I know what I’m making this weekend! I cannot almost smell it now. Beautiful bread and equally beautiful photos. A little wine, a little cheese, goodness!

  17. Shirleyposted July 4, 2010 at 2:46 am Reply

    This is so beautiful! The last time focaccia was made in our house there was so much oil, but this one seems to have not too much.

  18. Delishhhposted July 1, 2010 at 3:05 am Reply

    Very nice blog. I just came across your blog and love it.

  19. sweetlifeposted June 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm Reply

    beautiful bread, we love foccaia true bread takes patience I need to practice patience..


  20. Chocolate Frecklesposted June 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm Reply

    This recipe looks so lovely!!!

  21. Maryposted June 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm Reply

    What a beautiful way to serve foccacia. I shouldn't be surprised. Everything on your blog is gorgeous and the recipes are terrific. They keep me coming back for more. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  22. Sophieposted June 30, 2010 at 10:53 am Reply

    Waw!! Your foccacio's loo tremendously tasty!!


  23. PFxposted June 30, 2010 at 8:47 am Reply

    A little coincidence, my friend and I were talking about foccacia today – during surgery. Yeah, we were helping out a few surgery of the children. He said that he loved "those melted cheese on the grill bread". I told him it was foccacia bread with mozzarella, etc etc…

    Fully random topic in the middle of surgery, I know.But now I have a huge craving for those goodies. (Perhaps you could send me a few your lovely foccacia bread?).

    Btw, it's so true for me right now "good things don't always happen when you want them too"… Patience helps…

  24. Big Boys Ovenposted June 30, 2010 at 12:55 am Reply

    wow love foccacia! I just love the tenderness that was given to make this bread, just awesome! :)

  25. Sanjeeta kkposted June 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm Reply

    Beautiful space, came from Meeta's blog. Exciting recipes and good presentation.
    Best wishes.

  26. Trixposted June 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm Reply

    I totally agree with you. Focaccia is the first bread I ever made and it got me hooked. Yours is gorgeous!

  27. Chow and Chatterposted June 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm Reply

    wow what an amazing foccacia and wonderful blog – Rebecca

  28. Devakiposted June 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Dear Sommer – I NEEDED to read your post today. Like an astrological reading these were words I needed to hear. So thank you! :)

    You focaccia leaves me speechless. The artful decorating with the onion and the little pools of olive oil is enough to make me weep.

    Will return for recipe as soon as I am ready to bake some!

    Hugs, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  29. Anonymousposted June 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm Reply

    That is the prettiest and most delicious-looking foccacia I have ever seen. My goodness…

  30. Lazaro Cooks!posted June 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm Reply

    Wonderful foccacia post. Great photos and clear instruction.


  31. Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soulposted June 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm Reply

    This looks wonderful. Will be baking bread soon…can't wait!


    p.s. Congrats on Lavender win giveaway at Sweet Life.

  32. Kelly @ Hot Cookin'posted June 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm Reply

    I was just thinking of making focaccia bread today! How fortuitous that I clicked on your site! :) Your focaccia bread looks simply divine. Yum!

  33. [email protected]posted June 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Your focaccia looks wonderful! Fresh, homemade bread can't be beat. And I could do with a lesson in patience so I should probably get baking!

  34. Karolinaposted June 29, 2010 at 10:02 am Reply

    My favourite focaccia bread. :) I love the way you placed the onions on the top. Lovely. :)

  35. Magic of Spiceposted June 29, 2010 at 5:52 am Reply

    This is without a doubt the most amazing
    focaccia I have ever seen…Splendid!

  36. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted June 29, 2010 at 5:40 am Reply

    That must be the prettiest focaccia I have ever seen! I've been itching to make proper yeasted bread for months…..

  37. howtobakerposted June 29, 2010 at 4:59 am Reply

    A loaf of fresh, homemade bread is one of the happiest things on the planet! I am a true bread nut at heart and love finding other "breadies."

  38. Ciao Chow Lindaposted June 29, 2010 at 3:11 am Reply

    So beautiful. I love the starbursts of red onion.

  39. Stellaposted June 29, 2010 at 12:48 am Reply

    Oops, I meant to tell you that flax egg is a pretty good egg substitute. In that cookie pie, it was perfect.
    Putting the flax in water overnight draws the endosperm out of the seed, which makes the water like egg white. It's weird but neat…

  40. Belinda @zomppaposted June 29, 2010 at 12:46 am Reply

    You are so artistic! This isn't just foccacia! They are works of art.

  41. Stellaposted June 29, 2010 at 12:46 am Reply

    Beautiful Sommer! Your photos make me want to make bread right now. But my throbbing head ache says 'NO!'. I've heard focaccia is pretty easy though. I should probably try it…

  42. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted June 29, 2010 at 12:09 am Reply


    My yeast packets are approx. 1/4 oz. or 8.75 grams. I use the Hodgson Mill brand.

    Focaccia is a GREAT place to start! also check out my whole grain bread recipe. It's another favorite!

  43. The Housewifeposted June 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Gorgeous! I agree with you that there's no better aroma than baking bread and nothing beats homemade bread…. :) I've only tried making foccacia with rosemary on top but I like that you added red onions too.

  44. Kateposted June 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm Reply

    I'm not a bread baker, but you may convert me into one with this recipe. This looks fabulous!

  45. Rickposted June 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm Reply

    That looks scrumptious! I don't know why, but I thought of the bread from the Macaroni Grill. This is far more gourmet. Looks delicious!

  46. Annaposted June 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Wow… you made them look sooooo amazing, I love homemade bread. And rosemary and onions are such a good combination.

  47. Chef Dennisposted June 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm Reply

    that is beautiful focaccia!! I love the idea of using cake pans…what a stroke of genius!
    thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and technique!

  48. Pacheco Pattyposted June 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Your rosemary and red onion focaccia looks beautiful, I love baking bread, homemade is just so good :-)

  49. Leighposted June 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Beautiful loaves! Thanks for the inspiration.

  50. 12th Man Training Tableposted June 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm Reply

    That just might be the best looking loaf of bread I've ever seen!

  51. penny aka jeroxieposted June 28, 2010 at 10:59 am Reply

    Love the patterns on the bread. Home made bread is the best!

  52. Valposted June 28, 2010 at 6:46 am Reply

    That looks amazing! I'm starting to get really interested in bread-making. The minute I get my electric mixer (couple of weeks) This will be the first bread I try. It looks real easy to make. Probably a good place to begin my bread-making adventures.

    Could you tell me how much is in the packet of active dry yeast you buy? Thanks :-)

  53. Cherineposted June 28, 2010 at 6:28 am Reply

    Wow what a beautiful focaccia!!

  54. Magdalenaposted June 28, 2010 at 6:23 am Reply

    Yes, yes, yes!

  55. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted June 28, 2010 at 5:07 am Reply

    Your focaccia looks gorgeous.
    I am always worried it won't come out right at the altitude we live at. I will take your recipe with me and give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  56. citronetvanilleposted June 28, 2010 at 4:37 am Reply

    Oh that is a beautiful focaccia! what I love most about baking bread is the smell of the house while the bread is in the oven! Rosemary and onion focaccia a classic one and soooooo good! I never added honey but I can see the nice twist in the flavor! gorgeous!

  57. Adventures in Domestic Cookingposted June 28, 2010 at 4:12 am Reply

    Agree, nothing like homemade bread!!=) And this looks fantastic.