Roasted Garlic and Olive Focaccia


One of my resolutions for the past few years was to make more homemade bread. I’ve experimented with several different traditional yeast breads. They were all really good, but the kneading part kind of turns me off, even though I do have a stand mixer. I had been wanting to try some no knead breads, but didn’t really know exactly where to turn, so I figured I would start with what they say is the easiest no knead bread of them all, focaccia.

olive bread

Focaccia is a super simple bread to make. You really can’t mess it up. You mix the ingredients like biscuit dough and just walk away and let the yeast do it’s thing. Then pop it in the oven and you’ve got a beautiful loaf of easy no knead bread fresh from the oven. For this loaf of focaccia, I wanted to add lots of flavor, so I added roasted garlic, big ripe black olives, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper and lots of Italian herbs.

lindsay olives

I used my favorite olives in this bread, Lindsay black California pitted olives. We use Lindsay olives in so many dishes, and I knew they would be a great addition to my focaccia. It was hard to keep my son’s hands away from the olives, he loves to snack on them so much. Olives are one of my family’s favorite snacks. and they make a great little afternoon snack. They fit perfectly into the healthy diet I am trying to maintain with my
family. That is so long as I can eat them in small portions.

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So now back to our bread. I use parchment paper for this bread instead of added olive oil to cut down on the fat in the recipe.

bread dough and can of olives

After the dough had proofed, I added my halved olives and roasted garlic to the dough. I pushed them down in the dough just a bit.

dough with olives and garlic pressed in

Then I sprinkled on my sea salt and freshly cracked pepper along with lots of dried Italian herbs.

seasoned dough

Then I brushed it with a little olive oil before baking it at 400° for 30 – 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

brushed with oil

Once it comes out of the oven I let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it.

cooked bread

It’s so hard to wait.

pieces of bread

recipe photo

Yield: Serves 8

Roasted Garlic and Olive Focaccia

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1 1/3 cups warm water
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh Italian herbs (basil, oregano and rosemary)
3 1/2 cups flour
sea salt and pepper
1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh Italian herbs (basil, oregano and rosemary)
2 heads of garlic, roasted, cloves removed from skins
1 cup Lindsay Black California Ripe Pitted Olives, large olives, halved

additional olive oil


Combine warm water and yeast in a cup. Mix until yeast is dissolved. Add sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and dried herbs. Mix until combined.

Add flour to a large bowl. Add flour and yeast mixture. Mix with a fork until all of the four is incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place until the dough doubles in size.

After the dough doubles, line a 9 x 13 sheet pan with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to the sheet pan and lightly press dough flat. It won't quite reach the corners of the pan, but don't worry, it will spread later.

Now cover the dough again with plastic wrap and leave in a warm area. Let the dough proof for another hour and a half to 2 hours. The dough is read when you push your finger in it and it's no longer springy.

While dough is proofing, roast garlic in the oven. Cut the top off of 2 heads of garlic, so that the very top of each clove is cut. Add a little salt and olive oil to the garlic and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast at 400° for 30 minutes, or until very fragrant.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add garlic cloves and halved olives. Press lightly into the dough. Sprinkle bread with herbs and sea salt and pepper. Brush with olive oil. Bake at 400° for 30 - 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

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*Nutritional Information is not guaranteed for 100% accuracy.

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overhead view of focaccia

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