Organic Rosemary, with its fragrant, earthy undertones, is the star in this simple and delicious Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread recipe. This classic Italian flatbread is known for its tender, fluffy texture inside and crispiness outside. Infused with fresh garlic and organic rosemary, it’s the perfect accompaniment to any meal or enjoyed on its own, providing a sensory journey with each bite.
All-purpose Flour (5 cups)
Active Dry Yeast (1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
Warm Water (2 cups, 100°F or 38°C)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons for drizzling)
Organic Rosemary https://greenelly.com/product/goodness-gardens-organic-rosemary-0-75-oz/ (3 tablespoons, fresh and finely chopped)
Garlic (4 cloves, minced)
Salt (2 teaspoons)
Sugar (1 teaspoon)
Coarse Sea Salt (for sprinkling)
Steps to Prepare:
Activate the Yeast: In a large bowl, combine the warm water and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast over the water, and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. This indicates that the yeast is active.
Make the Dough: To the yeast mixture, add 1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 1/2 cups of flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Gradually add the remaining flour until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. You may need slightly more or less flour, so judge by the texture.
Knead: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it gently, adding more flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth, supple, and elastic – about 5-7 minutes.
First Rise: Clean the mixing bowl and lightly oil it with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to coat in the oil. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free spot until it has doubled in size, about 1-1.5 hours.
Prepare Garlic and Rosemary Oil: While the dough is rising, mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil, minced garlic, and chopped rosemary in a small bowl. Let it sit, allowing the flavors to infuse the oil.
Shape and Second Rise: After the dough has doubled, punch it down and transfer it to a greased 9×13 inch baking pan, spreading it out to the edges. If it shrinks back, let it rest for a few minutes before continuing. Once settled in the pan, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for another 20 minutes.
Preheat Oven and Season Dough: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). After the second rise, use your fingers to dimple the dough at regular intervals. Then, spoon the rosemary-garlic oil mixture over the dough, spreading it evenly, and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
Bake: Place the pan in the oven, baking for 20-25 minutes, or until the focaccia is golden brown on top and edges.
Serve: Remove the focaccia from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack. It’s best enjoyed warm but also delicious at room temperature.
Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread celebrates the aromatic intensity of organic rosemary and the robust flavor of garlic, all nestled within a soft, olive oil-rich crumb. This bread is perfect for dipping into soups and stews, serving alongside salads, or enjoying with a slice of your favorite cheese. Its preparation is a labor of love, the results of which are a fragrant, flavorful bread that’s as satisfying to make as it is to eat. Share this homemade delight with family and friends, and savor the comforting essence of fresh, organic ingredients.