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Festive No-Knead Focaccia Bread With Rosemary Recipe

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The holiday season is a time of warmth, celebration, and indulgence in delicious treats. 


While classic Christmas sweets often take center stage, it’s always fun to find a new festive creation that is the perfect addition to your holiday spread!

This aromatic Festive Focaccia bread features the delightful combination of rosemary, roasted garlic, and juicy cherry tomatoes. 

With no need for kneading, this recipe simplifies the bread-making process, allowing you to enjoy a fluffy homemade focaccia without much effort.


Let’s dive into the simple steps of creating this mouthwatering festive Christmas Focaccia bread!

Ingredients For Focaccia Bread

There is a large white bowl with white flour in it. There is a clear glass measuring cup with water in it. There is a small white bowl with olive oil in it. There is a wooden scooped spoon with salt in it. There is a wood bowl with salt flakes in it. There are two wood scoops. One has white sugar in it and the other has light brown dry yeast in it. There is a head of garlic, sprigs of rosemary and seven cherry tomatoes. Items are on a white marbled surface.

What You Will Need

  • Active dry yeast
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Warm water
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Whole cherry tomatoes

Equipment / Helpful Tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Parchment paper
  • Large cast iron skillet
  • Rubber spatula / wooden spoon
  • Clean kitchen towel
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Pizza cutter or large serrated knife
  • Oven mitts

How To Make Festive Focaccia Bread

Proof The Yeast (see FAQ’s)

  • In a large bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Mix well.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for ten minutes.
  • After 10 minutes the yeast should be active (bubbly).
  • Add the flour and a little salt.
  • Stir until a sticky yeast dough is formed.
  • Finish forming dough on a lightly floured surface.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature in a warm place until it doubles in size.

Forming Focaccia Dough

  • Prep skillet and add half the olive oil and bread dough onto the parchment paper.
  • Turn the dough (see FAQ’s) shaping it roughly into a rectangle.
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for a second time.
Bread dough pressed into a parchment paper lined cast iron skillet. There are sprigs of rosemary laying behind the skillet. There is a white cloth napkin laying to the side of the skillet. Items are on a white marbled surface.
  • Preheat oven.
  • After the dough has finished rising, drizzle the remaining olive oil on top of the dough and press the dough out to the size of the pan. (see Top Tip)
  • Press fingertips into the dough to create dimples over the surface.

Focaccia Art

  • Arrange whole cherry tomatoes, rosemary, and roasted garlic on the surface of the dough.
  • Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
Close up of baked round flat bread in a large cast iron skillet lined with light brown parchment paper. There are cherry tomatoes, chunks of roasted garlic, rosemary leaves, and salt flakes on top of the bread.
  • Bake until lightly golden brown.
There is a square white plate with a pie shaped slice of thick bread. There are 3 cherry tomatoes, rosemary leaves, chunks of roasted garlic, and flakes of salt on top of the bread. There is a cherry tomato laying next to the bread. There is a sprig of rosemary laying behind the bread. There is a small clear glass bowl with oil and herbs on the plate. The plate is on a white marbled surface.
  • Serve with a fresh herbs and olive oil mixture.

See recipe card below for complete measurements, details, and total time.

Top Tip

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on the inside of your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to them while pressing it in the baking pan.

Focaccia Bread Art Variations

Be creative in your topping ingredients as well as the design. 

During the holiday season a Christmas wreath or Christmas Tree design are very popular.

Other delicious toppings that can be used:

  • Sage leaves
  • Mini red peppers or green bell peppers
  • Thinly sliced red onions
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Grated parmesan cheese

Storage

Focaccia keeps well at room temperature for a few days, however since this bread recipe is topped with perishable cherry tomatoes, it’s best to be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

There is a large round white serving dish with baked flat bread in it. There are cherry tomatoes, rosemary leaves, pieces of roasted garlic, and salt flakes on to of the top of the bread. There is 3 cherry tomatoes and 2 sprigs of rosemary laying behind the serving dish. Items are on a white marbled surface.

What To Serve With Focaccia Bread

Focaccia is very versatile and can be served with appetizers, lunch, or dinner. Here are some ideas:

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Proofing The Yeast?

In the most basic sense, it’s a step to make sure the yeast is viable (alive). It is easily visible when warm water and sugar is added to viable dry yeast.

After about 10 minutes, you should see a creamy-looking liquid with many small bubbles, which indicate the yeast cells are doing their thing.

What Does Turning The Dough Mean?

Folding the dough halfway through its initial fermentation. Turning Dough or Folding.

What Type Of Bakeware Is Best For Focaccia Bread?

Different surfaces affect focaccia texture in different ways.

Baking sheets give a thinly crunchy bottom.

Cast-iron pans (baked in the oven) give more of a crunchy outside and a fluffier fuller inside. 

 Looking for more great recipes for the holiday season? Check these delicious dishes from Join Me In The Kitchen!

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Festive No-Knead Focaccia Bread With Rosemary Recipe

There is a square white plate with a pie shaped slice of thick bread. There are 3 cherry tomatoes, rosemary leaves, chunks of roasted garlic, and flakes of salt on top of the bread. There is also drizzled oil with herbs on top of the bread. There is a small clear glass bowl with oil and herbs in it. There is a small silver spoon resting in the bowl. There is a sprig of rosemary and a cherry tomato on the plate behind the bread. The plate is on a white marbled surface.

This aromatic Festive Focaccia bread features the delightful combination of rosemary, roasted garlic, and juicy cherry tomatoes. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Package active dry yeast (.25 ounce or 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 Cup warm water
  • 2.5 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided in half)
  • 1 Tablespoon flaky sea salt
  • 1 Head roasted garlic
  • 2 to 3 Fresh sprigs of rosemary
  • Whole cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Proof The Yeast (see FAQ's) - In a large bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Mix well.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for ten minutes. After 10 minutes the yeast should be active (bubbly).
  3. Add the flour and salt. Stir until a sticky yeast dough is formed.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature in a warm place for at least one hour or until it doubles in size.
  5. Forming Focaccia Dough - Line the cast iron skillet with parchment paper.
  6. Add 3 Tbsp of olive oil (half) and bread dough onto the parchment paper.
  7. Turn the dough; Lightly flour your hands and fold the dough over a few times incorporating the oil and shaping it roughly into a rectangle .
  8. Cover with a clean kitchen towel for a second rise of one hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. After the dough has finished rising, drizzle the remaining olive oil on top of the dough and press the dough out to the size of the pan. (see Top Tip)
  11. Press fingertips into the dough to create dimples over the surface.
  • Focaccia Art - Arrange whole cherry tomatoes, rosemary, and roasted garlic on the surface of the dough. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  1. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  2. Serve with a fresh herbs and olive oil mixture. (optional)

Notes

Equipment / Helpful Tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Parchment paper
  • Large cast iron skillet
  • Rubber spatula / wooden spoon
  • Clean kitchen towel
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Pizza cutter or large serrated knife
  • Oven mitts

Storage

Focaccia keeps well at room temperature for a few days, however since this bread recipe is topped with perishable cherry tomatoes, it's best to be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Top Tip

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on the inside of your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to them while pressing it in the baking pan.

Focaccia Bread Art Variations

Be creative in your topping ingredients as well as the design!

During the holiday season a Christmas wreath or Christmas Tree design are very popular.

Other delicious toppings that can be used:

  • Sage leaves
  • Mini red peppers or green bell peppers
  • Thinly sliced red onions
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Grated parmesan cheese

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