Homemade Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread for the Bread Machine is an easy, aromatic, and flavorful dinner bread perfect for serving with salad and pasta dishes. Filled with fresh garlic and dried rosemary, this easy focaccia bread recipe also has an herb and Parmesan crust that makes it extra scrumptious! Bread machine focaccia is as simple as can be: put all ingredients in the bread pan and let it do the kneading for you!
Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread is an incredibly simple bread machine focaccia recipe that comes together in 3 hours. Only 5 minutes are active time for you.
The bread machine mixes and kneads the ingredients while you enjoy the aroma of fresh garlic and rosemary dough.
When it's done kneading, roll it out and top with an aromatic mixture of fresh herbs and cheese. Bake in the oven and enjoy as a snacking bread or side for dinner.
Focaccia is a flat Italian bread that is baked in the oven. It's texture is similar to that of pizza dough, but it has a higher rise. Focaccia is often used as a side to many Italian meals, as a sandwich bread, and an appetizer bread.
Rosemary garlic focaccia especially, in addition to plain focaccia bread, is served as a snack, antipasto, appetizer, or table bread. Because of it's robust and aromatic flavor, rosemary garlic focaccia is a great accompaniment to simple pasta dishes.
To make this easy focaccia bread recipe you'll need 2 sets of ingredients, those for the dough and those for the topping.
For the dough, you'll need:
- yeast (active dry, instant, or bread machine)
- salt, garlic powder and rosemary
- minced garlic
I use all purpose flour most of the time when making bread machine focaccia, and bread flour when I have it on hand. Either one will work fine.
The difference between bread flour and all purpose flour is the protein content. Bread flour has a higher protein content, and therefore it will rise slightly more and absorb a little more water than all purpose flour.
Using bread flour may give you a little more rise to your bread, but it won't change the texture too much.
If you're interested in understanding a bit more about the differences between bread and all-purpose flour, this article is for you.
For the topping you'll need:
- your choice of a fresh minced herb combo (oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary)
- grated parmesan cheese
Rosemary garlic focaccia bread is fantastic with fresh oregano and parsley, which is what I always use. But you can use any fresh herbs from your garden.
The parmesan cheese is optional, as focaccia is great with or without it.
Making homemade fococcia bread in the bread machine is as easy as can be. While it takes about 2 hours for the bread to be ready to eat, only 5 minutes is active time for you!
First, make the dough by putting all ingredients in the bread machine as your bread machine recommends. Set the machine to the dough cycle.
I have a Cuisinart bread machine, so this recipe is written for this brands' recommended ingredient order.
When the cycle completes, punch down the dough a few times, cover with a heavy cloth and let it rest on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes.
While waiting, spread oil on a baking sheet and sprinkle it with a little cornmeal.
After the dough has risen, roll it out on the baking sheet using a rolling pin.
It should be about 12 x 8 inches in an oval shape, or roughly a 9 x 9 inch circle. Cover the dough again and let it rest in a warm place until it doubles in height, about 40 minutes.
While waiting for the dough to rise, prepare the topping. Chop the herbs you've chosen and mix them with the salt and Parmesan.
When your homemade focaccia bread dough has risen, oil your fingertips and press holes about ½ inch deep and 1 inch apart all around the top.
Now spread the olive oil generously on top of the dough and sprinkle with the herbs and cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the top is a golden bubbled brown. Remove it to a cooling rack and let cool for about 20 minutes before slicing.
And last, enjoy your delicious and easy bread machine focaccia bread!
🔪 By Hand Instructions
If you don't have a bread machine, you can still make this easy focaccia bread recipe. Here are the steps:
- Mix all ingredients together and knead for about 2 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
- While dough rests, lightly oil a pan and sprinkle it with cornmeal.
- Knead the dough a few more times, then put into the pan and shape into a circle, square, or oval. Cover and let it rest in a warm place, like inside the oven, for about 1 hour. It should be double the height.
- Make the topping by mixing the salt, herbs, and Parmesan cheese. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with the herb mix.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes, or until it's golden brown.
Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread for the Bread Machine
- 1 cup warm water
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp dried rosemary
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 3 ½ cups flour
- 2 ¼ tsp instant dry yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ cup fresh parsley and oregano (or other herbs)
- ½ cup Parmesan (optional)
- Add all "bread" ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed. For non-Cuisinart machines, follow the instructions for order of ingredients in manual. Set to dough cycle.
- When cycle completes, remove the dough to a floured surface and punch down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll the dough into a 12 by 8 inch oval. Cover and let rest until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
- Grease a pan with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Preheat the oven to 450°.
- With oiled fingertips, press holes into the dough about 1 inch apart and ½ inch deep. Spread the olive oil on top of the dough and sprinkle with the salt, herbs, and cheese.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
You can also enjoy homemade focaccia bread on it's own as a tasty snack or appetizer party food.
It would be a great choice for picnics, barbecues, and family get togethers. Rosemary garlic focaccia is delicious as sandwich bread, too.
🍲 How To Store
The bread should be stored in an airtight container for 2 days at room temperature. Store it in the freezer for up to 6 months for later use.
And that's all there is to making homemade bread machine focaccia! Let me know how it turned out in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.