Another recipe I wanted to try from the first edition of the Baked and Delicious was the rosemary and thyme focaccia, especially seeing that it ties in with my wanting to make more bread. I really am enjoying working with yeast – it is very satisfying to see dough rise and to punch it down again.
I changed the recipe ever so slightly by not putting the herbs in the dough and only put them over the top of the bread which was great plus I halved the recipe.
Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia
450g strong white flour – I used all purpose, it’s all I had on hand
2tsp fast acting yeast
5ml sea salt plus extra for sprinkling
1tbsp fresh rosemary chopped plus extra sprigs
1tbsp fresh thyme chopped plus extra
4tbsp extra virgin olive oil
250 – 300ml warm water
- Sift the flour into a large bowl, stir in the yeast and salt. Add the chopped herbs (if using) and using a wooden spoon or the dough hooks on your electric beater, beat in the olive oil and enough warm water to make a soft dough.
- Place onto a board and knead for 10 minutes.
- Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and leave in a warm spot for approximately an hour until it has doubled in size.
- Knock back the dough by punching it down to let the air escape and divide into two or four portions. Roll out into rough ovals approximately 1cm thick. Place on an oiled baking sheet, cover with oiled plastic wrap and leave to rise for a further 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 220°C.
- Sprinkle with thyme and poke the rosemary sprigs into the surface of the breads and scatter generously with sea salt flakes and drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Wrap in a clean tea towel to cool. Eat the same day.
Oh, lovely. I adore rosemary and just love it on focaccia – thanks for this one, Mandy.
I have a very big rosemary bush in the garden and pull off sprigs every other day to use for something in the kitchen. Have a super weekend Amanda. 🙂
And a super side dish for Braai Day 🙂
Excellent idea Cindy. Have a super day and enjoy Braai Day tomorrow. 🙂 xo
Herbs, olive oil, salt, bread – simple pleasures. I love the bit where you poke the finger holes into the dough when making focaccia.
Hi Sally, thanks again for the lovely mention on twitter. 🙂 It is always about the simple pleasures for me. Have a happy weekend. 🙂
something I have not made for a while 🙂
If memory serves without getting up from my desk right now, you have a recipe in your book too? Have a super weekend. 🙂 xo
“Eat the same day”…it would be impossible not to as I adore foccaccia! Lovely recipe, am hungry now as I haven´t had breakfast yet 🙂
Good to know you have the same philosophy as me about fresh bread Linda. Must say, there was a little piece left over and it was really wasn’t at all nice the next day. Have a super weekend. 🙂
What a beautiful recipe! I would really love to make this 🙂
Thanks Tes. I am sure your little one would also love this bread. Have a super weekend. 🙂
I need to use rosemary more especially in my breads. this looks divine. I can see us eating it for sandwiches, with soup, pasta or heck by itself! great job, it looks perfectly done
There is something very addictive about bread! The rosemary was absolutely lovely on this bread. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Wonderful. I can almost smell the fresh rosemary.
There is something very satisfying about the smell of rosemary wafting from the oven. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Gorgeous! I love bread…too much at times! This and a large salad and I can be very happy!! There’s something so satisfying in home baked bread!
Thanks! I too enjoy far more bread than what I should – especially hot out of the oven with lashings of butter! Have a super weekend. 🙂
This would be a heavenly smell in the house! I need to make another bread soon too. I have used rosemary before in breads, but never thyme. Great idea! Have a wonderful weekend Mandy!
Thyme and rosemary work beautifully together. Have a super weekend too. 🙂
Wow, this Focaccia recipe sounds absolutely divine. Thanks for sharing this. I definitely have to spread this recipe around
Thank you for your kind words Kay. Have a fantastic weekend. 🙂
This bread is very similar to Zia’s spianata. My version uses more olive oil. Either way, it is one of my favorite breads. I serve it with dinner one night and, the next day, split it and fill it with some fine lunch meats and cheese. You cannot go wrong with this bread. Great recipe! Have a wonderful weekend!
Hi ChgoJohn, thank you again for the Liebster Award that you passed my way. I will be paying it forward tomorrow. 🙂
More olive oil in this bread must be heavenly! Have a wonderful weekend too. 🙂
Rosemary AND thyme? Yes! Such a wonderful combo, especially on bread. Sounds delicious. Happy Friday, Mandy!
Happy Friday to you too Caroline. 🙂
I wish I could come EAT & Drink with you. This looks DeLISHHH.
Kim, that would be awesome! Have a fabulous Saturday. 🙂 xo
Such a beautiful focaccia. I like the idea of putting the herbs on just outside. My kids don’t like too much herb taste, so this way it’s “less” visible while we can still enjoy. Homemade is the best. I can imagine when this comes out from the oven! Ohhhh must be awesome….
I think having the herbs on just the outside worked very well Nami and there is nothing nicer than a good fresh bread when it comes out of the oven – very comforting. Have a great day. 🙂
Adore focaccia! This looks so professionally prepared.
Wow, thank you for the lovely compliment Angie. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
Lovely focaccia. It’s hard to stop eating it once that first cut has been made.
Thanks Brydie – I have a bit of a problem with hot bread and butter – can’t resist it. Have a happy Sunday. 🙂
I’ve never made on of these but I like the freshly baked ones, you made it look easy.
Thanks Raymund. This was a lovely easy recipe to work with – hope you give it a try. Have a happy Sunday. 🙂
How delicious, there is no better smell in the world than freshly baked bread. I’m sure I’d gobble this up in one sitting 😀
There is definitely something so comforting about the smell of freshly baked bread HH. Have a super Sunday. 🙂
We adore focaccia, and yours looks delicious, Mandy! 🙂
Thanks very much Celia! It means a lot coming from such an accomplished bread baker! You made my day! Have a super week. 🙂
Drooling. I love foccacia, specially when it’s fresh out of the oven all bouncy and salty and delicious. Yum. Can’t wait to make some. :)))
I would like to try other recipes too – this one was nice and easy though. 🙂
I’ve never made foccacia, Mandy – you’ve inspired me to give it a try!! 🙂
With your wonderful bread baking skills Linda, this will be perfect. 🙂
LOVE any type of homemade bread!
Especially straight from the oven with butter. Heavenly. Have a super day. 🙂
This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂 I’ve been on a soup making kick and this will be a perfect addition.
Welcome and thanks for stopping by Vegan Kat. Enjoy the focaccia. Have a happy day. 🙂
I love rosemary bread! So good!!!
Welcome and thanks for stopping by. I love fresh rosemary with many other things too. Have a super day. 🙂