The flavor for this focaccia is really made by the garlic olive oil, which is super simple, as it’s just olive oil and chopped garlic. Make this and set aside so the flavors develop a bit before you use. Just chop up a few garlic cloves and add to some olive oil.
garlic focaccia ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup water
GARLIC OLIVE OIL
1/2 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
As with most bread recipes it is easier to mix with a stand mixer with a dough hook, but this recipe is small enough you could totally mix it by hand. Before you get started, chop up a few garlic cloves and throw them in at least half a cup of olive oil. You can always make extra and have some yummy garlic infused oil on hand too.
the focaccia dough
Measure the dry ingredients in bowl and mix until combined. Add the olive oil and half of the water, as it mixes add more water as needed until your dough starts to form a ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Keep mixing until dough is soft and pliable. Transfer the dough into an oiled bowl and cover. Let proof for 1-2 hours or until doubled.
While dough is proofing get your baking dish ready. Use a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment so that the parchment is sticking up over the sides of the dish and oil that the pan and parchment paper. The parchment makes it easy to get out of the pan when its done baking. I have had the bread stick to the inside of the dish when I don’t use it so be sure not to skip this part.
forming and baking
When your dough is proofed, transfer to your prepared dish and press down to fill out dish. Cover and let proof for 30 minutes. Then use your fingers to make those trademark focaccia dimples that hold pools of the yummy garlic oil. Cover and let proof for another 30 minutes and preheat to 400 degrees.
Brush the dough liberally with the garlic oil and put in oven and bake starting at 20 minutes until nice and golden brown. Your house will smell wonderfully garlicky.
Using the edges of the parchment, carefully lift out of the dish and set on a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting.
You can do an overnight version of this dough as well. When dough is mixed and in oiled bowl, cover and place in refrigerator and let it proof overnight. Get the bread out and leave on the counter for a few hours until doubled. It will take longer to proof. It will take a couple times of pressing and spreading your dough out. Press and spread about 20-30 mins apart. It will get easier as the dough warms and rises. Then follow directions as usual.
Now you have some delicious homemade garlic focaccia bread to have with your dinner or use for making amazing grilled cheese and breakfast sandwiches. I would love to see what you do with this bread! Tag me on Instagram @dezthebakist enjoy! 🖤 dez
- stand mixer
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp yeast
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup water
GARLIC OLIVE OIL
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
GARLIC OLIVE OIL
- mix olive oil and garlic in a jar and set aside
- mix dry ingredients in a bowl
- add the olive oil and half of the water and stir
- add water and mix until the dough starts to form a ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl
- when dough is mixed transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and let proof for 1-2 hours or until doubled
- oil a 9×13 baking dish and line with parchment paper so the the paper hangs over the long edges. oil the parchment also
- when proofed, transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish, flatten and spread out to fill baking dish, cover and let proof for 30 mins
- spread the dough out again and use your fingers to make the signature focaccia dimples, cover and let proof another 30 minutes.
- preheat oven to 400
- after the last proof, brush dough liberally with garlic olive oil and place in the oven to bake starting at 20 mins or until golden brown
- remove from pan using the sides of the parchment and place on a cooling rack
- let cool completely before cutting
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