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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Rosemary Focaccia Bread


 I don't think I am alone in saying that sometimes I find recipes to be intimidating. But, when you give a challenging recipe a try and it turns out perfect, isn't it the most amazing feeling?! I recently conquered my fear of homemade gnocchi {you can see the post here}, but, up until now, I have found homemade bread to be so intimidating! As much as I love bread {and let me tell you, I love it way too much!} I haven't really made it that often, mostly because of time. I am more of a quick recipe kind of girl and all that resting, waiting, kneading...I just don't have the patience for that! 

Over Christmas, my mom told me she found a recipe for rosemary focaccia bread in one of her Southern Living Cookbooks and had wanted to give it a try. Focaccia bread is one of my favorites, and add rosemary in and I'm sold! I thought this would be a great chance to review a different kind of bread recipe with you and let you know how it went. And, let me just say, it went fabulously! I would highly recommend this Southern Living recipe -- it was relatively quick for homemade bread and the added rosemary made for the most amazing flavor. The only suggestion I would have is to use one pan instead of the two that the Southern Living recipe suggests. We used the two pans and I found the bread to be a little too thin for my taste.

Although, since we used the two pans, we ended up with two flatbreads...meaning I still have one in the freezer! Without any problems to report, I would definitely give this recipe a try again. Have you ever made homemade bread? What kind is your favorite? I would love to hear in the comments section below!




**recipe adapted from Southern Living Christmas Cookbook**

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

{what you will need}
2 envelopes active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the yeast and warm water in a 4-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes. Place 5 cups flour in a large bowl, making a well in the center. Add the yeast mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Cover and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. The dough will be super spongy. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup flour on a flat surface. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface and knead until the flour is incorporated to make a firm dough. Gradually knead in the butter, 1/4 cup rosemary and 1 teaspoon salt. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 9 minutes, adding additional flour if necessary. Brush 2 {or if you would like the bread to be thicker, 1} jellyroll pans with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Divide the dough in half and press dough into the pan. Cover and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes or until the dough has almost doubled in size. Using your fingertips, dimple the dough all over and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup rosemary. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with the kosher salt and ground pepper. {The recipe calls for adding minced garlic at this point as well, but I skipped that.} Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cut or tear into squares or triangles. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Tuesday! See you back here tomorrow for an all new Wednesday Wishes!


  1. Wow - this looks delicious! I could eat the whole loaf myself!!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  2. Fococcia Bread is my favorite. We have local bakery that makes it so well, so I have never tried. You, however, have just given me the inspiration to make it myself!! YUM!!

  3. Okay, I am drooling over here! I also love Focaccia bread, and I love rosemary too! Thank heavens for Southern Living!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. Yum! Fococcia Bread is my fave and your recipe is making me want to bake some myself!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  5. Oh my gosh why have I never thought to make foccacia bread on my own! Thank you for this delicious recipe!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. Mmmmm, looks so yummy!!! Thanks for sharing, I've never tried this bread!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  7. Oh my gosh, this looks so good. Great recipe!

  8. I love rosemary anything!! This looks amazing.

    XO Chelsea

  9. Holy deliciousness! I'll definitely have to try this out <3
    Green Fashionista

  10. OMG, girl, this looks absolutely delicious; I'm such a lover of bread, eek! Thanks for sharing, it looks and sounds harder than it is, perhaps I'll give it a try! I hope you're having a wonderful day so far!



  11. I definitely get intimidated by complicated recipes! I haven't baked much, though I've wanted to attempt macarons for some time. I'd love to try your recipe as well!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  12. Ive actually never attempted to make bread before since I have always heard its very difficult but this looks so yummy!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  13. Ok I am super impressed! I cook a lot but I have never tried making bread!! I definitely need to try this!


  14. It looks so yummy! I wish I were there to taste it now! :)
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  15. I definitely have to try out this recipe... thanks for sharing the directions. Looks amazing :)


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