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One of the easiest sourdough recipes to make is focaccia. Focaccia is a wonderfully airy bread that can be used as a side dish or topped to make the most delicious pizza!

I love spending time developing new recipes and trying new things with my sourdough starter.

I think focaccia is one of the most forgiving sourdough recipes you can make. It can over ferment and still turn out beautiful!

I prefer to let mine ferment overnight on the counter. But, you could start this recipe early in the morning and have it by evening for dinner.

There are so many variations you can do with focaccia. You can top it with herbs and olive oil or try adding some tomatoes and cheese for a tasty side bread.

close up of herbed focaccia

Why Sourdough?

Sourdough is a process of fermenting your bread dough with a sourdough starter. This process breaks down the gluten and proteins that can sometimes be hard to digest for gluten sensitive people. In order to get the most benefits of the fermentation process, you need to let your dough ferment for at least 12-24 hours.

sourdough starter overhead shot

As you can see, the process of sourdough can be very helpful for many people. If you’ve never made a sourdough starter https://therosehomestead.com/how-to-make-a-sourdough-starter/ it’s easy and fairly quick to do. The great news is that once you have an active starter, as long as you maintain it, it will last for as long as you want it. There are starters that have been handed down through generations!

For this recipe, you will need:

  1. Flour
  2. Water
  3. Sourdough starter
  4. Salt
  5. Olive oil

The night before you want to make the focaccia, you want to add water, oil, salt, sourdough starter, and 3 cups of flour to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until combined. Note: This can be kneaded by hand.

risen focaccia dough in a bowl

Slowly add the remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until a soft dough forms.

Knead for 6-8 minutes.

Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover. Allow to ferment on the counter overnight or up to 24 hours.

The next morning, prepare a 9×13 baking pan with olive oil spread in the bottom.

Gently turn the dough into the baking dish. Note: Take care not to deflate the dough.

Drizzle the top of the dough with olive oil.

unbaked focaccia topped with olive oil and herbs

Using the tips of your fingers, gently press into the dough making indentions as you go. Continue doing this until the dough spreads out into the pan comptelely.

You can add fresh or dried herbs, tomatoes, or coarse salt at this time.

Cover and allow to rise for 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake the focaccia for 20-22 minutes.

baked focaccia with blue and white striped towel in the background

Slice and have as a side with dinner or you can top with pizza topping and put under the broiler for one of the most delicious pizzas ever!

focaccia in slices with fresh herbs on top

Sourdough Focaccia

An easy sourdough recipe that is quite impressive and delicious!
Course Side Dish

Equipment

  • 1 Stand Mixer
  • 1 9×13 pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2-4 cups flour

Instructions
 

  • The night before you want to make the focaccia, you want to add water, oil, salt, sourdough starter, and 3 cups of flour to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until combined. Note: This can be kneaded by hand.
  • Slowly add the remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until a soft dough forms. Mine took 4 cups of hard white wheat flour.
  • Knead for 6-8 minutes.
  • Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover. Allow to ferment on the counter overnight or up to 24 hours.
  • The next morning, prepare a 9×13 baking pan with olive oil spread in the bottom.
  • Gently turn the dough into the baking dish. Note: Take care not to deflate the dough.
  • Drizzle the top of the dough with olive oil.
  • Using the tips of your fingers, gently press into the dough making indentions as you go. Continue doing this until the dough spreads out into the pan completely.
  • You can add fresh or dried herbs, tomatoes, or coarse salt at this time.
  • Cover and allow to rise for 2-3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Bake the focaccia for 20-22 minutes.
  • Slice and have as a side with dinner or you can top with pizza topping and put under the broiler for one of the most delicious pizzas ever!

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