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Focaccia Dough
1.25 cups (280ml) Filtered Water
1.5 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
70 grams Mature Sourdough Starter
1 teaspoon Sugar
3 cups (350 grams) All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons (12 grams) Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
0.25 cup (48ml) Olive Oil
8 (or more) Olives
6 (or more) Grape Tomatoes
16 rings (or more) Red Onion
0.25 teaspoon Dried Oregano
0.5 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt Flakes (I use Maldon)


  • 4 Hours
  • Serves 4
  • Medium


  • Focaccia Dough



Fluffy, flavorful focaccia topped with olives, grape tomatoes and red onion!

This oven-baked Italian bread similar in style and texture to pizza; in some places, it is called “pizza bianca” and can be served as a side dish or as sandwich bread.

However, I prefer my focaccia thick and fluffy with lots of toppings!

This dough is made with a mix of yeast and sourdough starter, however, you can just use dry active yeast and get a very similar result!

When it comes to focaccia, it’s all about the tall fluff and chew factor.

This recipe will result in a taller focaccia with airiness and so much flavor!

My preferred toppings are the ones shown, however, you can add whatever you like.

You can even keep it bare and use it to make sandwiches.

Want more dough recipes? Check out all of my homemade pizzas!


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Make The Dough

First, warm 1 + 1/4 cups (305ml) of filtered water until it is 100-110°F.

You can use the stove top or the microwave (40 seconds) to warm the water.

Next, add 1 +1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast to the warm water, along with 70 grams of mature starter and 1 teaspoon of sugar.

Give it a stir and set aside for 5 minutes

If you do not have any starter, you can simply skip it.

You can make the dough in a large bowl and mix by hand with a large wooden spoon or use your standing mixer with the dough hook attachment.

Add the water, yeast, sourdough and sugar mixture to the large mixing bowl along with about 100 grams of all-purpose flour.

Mix to combine.

Gradually add the rest of the flour, mixing after each addition of flour.

Lastly, add 2 teaspoons (12 grams) of sea salt and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to the dough.

Mix until combined.

If the dough looks too wet, add 2-4 Tablespoons of flour, however, it's better to have a shaggy/wet dough than adding too much flour as it will result in a heavier, denser focaccia.

If you are using a standing mixer, knead on medium speed for 5-8 minutes or until the dough pulls away from the sides slightly and has smoothed out a bit.

If you are mixing by hand, turn the dough out onto a clean and lightly floured workspace and knead for 5 minutes or until the dough it a bit smoother.

The dough should be sticky and not dry.

Next, add the dough to a clean and lightly oiled bowl.

Cover and allow to proof for 1-2 hours. Ideal proofing environment is draft-free with a consistent temperature of 74-76°F.


Deflate (Punch) The Dough

Yup, punch the dough with your fist to deflate it.


Move Dough To Baking Pan

Next, add 1/4 cup (48ml) of olive oil to your baking pan.

I use a 9x9 baking pan. The smaller the baking pan, the taller the focaccia will be!

Move the olive oil around in the baking pan so that each side is oiled.

Next, place the deflated dough into the baking pan then use your lightly oiled fingers to dimple ad gently stretch the dough into the corners of the baking pan.

Some of the olive oil will pool in the corners, that is fine.


Final Proof

Cover the baking pan and allow to proof again for 1 hour.

30 minutes into the proof, preheat the oven to 450°F.

Get your desired toppings ready during this time.


Add Toppings & Bake

After 1 hour of proofing, add the toppings to the focaccia dough.

Slightly push them into the dough.

I also like to top the focaccia with some dried oregano and maldon sea salt for extra flavor.

Lastly, drizzle over another 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over the top.

Bake at 450°F for 15 minutes then rotate the focaccia and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.


Allow To Cool

Once the focaccia comes out of the oven, allow it to cool in the baking pan for 5-10 minutes before moving it to a cooling rack to cool further or a cutting board to slice in!


Serve & Store

Focaccia is best served warm and on the same day.

Leftovers can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

To re-heat the focaccia, use your oven at 350°F for 7-10 minutes.


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I love focaccia bread! I’ve never added olives and onions to the top. It looks delicious and pretty. I need to try this immediately. I bet this would be delicious with soup!

Hi, this looks delicious. If I’m only using the active dry yeast and not the sourdough starter how much should I use? Thanks!

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