No-Yeast Focaccia

No Yeast Focaccia

 Kristina Vanni

Prep: 8 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 33 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 6 slices
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
213 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 213
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 951mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 144mg 11%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 47mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Focaccia is a classic Italian flatbread that is often topped with olive oil and herbs or even sliced olives. It can be served as an antipasto, an appetizer with Italian cheese, a table bread, or as a snack. 

Today, many recipes for focaccia will call for yeast to help the bread rise. However, if you look back into history, the original focaccia was unleavened. In the right climate, the basic recipe rises naturally. This leads many to believe that it was initially made in the mountainous inland area on the Mediterranean sea. Today, focaccia is often associated with Ligurian cuisine.

This no-yeast version of focaccia is a great option when you want to add a homemade Italian bread to the menu, but you don't have any yeast on hand. The basic recipe is made with flour, baking powder, salt, and water. You can then customize the focaccia to fit your tastes and menu. This recipe is topped with fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt for flavor and texture. It is baked until golden brown and then cut into squares to serve. Since you don't have to wait for the dough to rise, the focaccia bread is warm from the oven and ready to eat in just about 30 minutes.

"This focaccia was delicious, and it was a very easy preparation. The dough was pretty sticky (I used a little more than 10 ounces of flour) so I kept my hands and fingers floured when kneading and making the indentations. Definitely a success! I'll add some garlic and black pepper next time." —Diana Rattray

no yeast focaccia with rosemary
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus additional for greasing

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    No Yeast Focaccia
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  2. Preheat an oven to 425 F. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

    No Yeast Focaccia
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  4. Stir in the water and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

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  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 minute.

    No Yeast Focaccia
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  6. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and pat into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Using your fingertips, poke indentations all over the top of the dough.

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     Kristina Vanni
  7. Brush the dough with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

    No Yeast Focaccia
     Kristina Vanni
  8. Sprinkle with the fresh rosemary and the coarse sea salt. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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     Kristina Vanni
  9. Cut into squares and serve warm.

    No Yeast Focaccia
     Kristina Vanni

Tip

If the dough is a little sticky, lightly flour your hands to make it easier to handle the dough.

Recipe Variations

  • Add about 2 tablespoons of chopped roasted garlic to the dough mixture.
  • Replace the plain olive oil with one flavored with garlic, rosemary, or herbes de Provence.
  • Sprinkle the bread with about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper along with the rosemary and sea salt.
  • Bake the focaccia for 18 minutes, then sprinkle with 2 to 3 teaspoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Return the focaccia to the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes longer, or until golden brown.

How to Store

  • Wrap leftover focaccia in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • To freeze, wrap slices in plastic wrap and place them in a resealable freezer bag. Freeze focaccia for up to 1 month.
  • Reheat leftover focaccia in a 325 F oven for about 5 minutes, or until warm.

Where does the name focaccia come from?

The name focaccia is derived from the ancient Roman words “panis focacius.” This roughly translates to fireplace bread or center bread. Historians and linguists believe that this refers to how the bread was originally made. It would be cooked over the ashes of a fireplace located in the center of Italian homes.