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The recipe of the authentic Italian focaccia... you'll be hooked to the real thing!
Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 2 cookie sheets


  • 200 gms – 7 oz. lukewarm water
  • 20 gms – 0.7 oz. – 1 1/3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for the dough plus more for the cookie sheets and focaccia surface
  • 7 gms – 0.25 oz. – 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 gms malt or ½ tsp honey
  • 320 gms -11.25 oz. plain flour
  • 6 gms – 0.2 oz. – 1 1/4 tsp dry yeast dissolved in 1 tbsp warm water


  1. Put the water, oil, salt, honey (or malt) in a mixer with a dough hook.
  2. Then add half the flour. Knead until all the ingredients come together.
  3. Then dissolve the yeast in the water and add it to the mixture.
  4. Add the remaining flour little by little and knead for 15 minutes.
  5. When ready, transfer the dough on a benchtop sprinkled with flour, and cover it with a tea towel (the dough has to be soft and sticky… so don’t panic! It is normal!). Let it rest for 15 minutes.
  6. Then fold it on itself and slightly flatten it. Do this twice. Cover and let it rest for 15 more minutes.
  7. Put some (quite a bit… 3 to 4 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil on the cookie sheets.
  8. Divide the dough in 2 and place it on the 2 cookie sheets.
  9. Turn the dough over so it gets coated in oil on all sides, this will prevent a crust from forming on the dough surface and it will make it easier to flatten later.
  10. Let it rise for 1 hour. I put it in the oven that is turned off with only the light on.
  11. After it has risen for an hour, take the focaccia out and flatten them with your hands (it will be very easy, just push the dough down and don’t stretch it).
  12. Add 3 pinches of salt on the surface of each focaccia. Put them back in the oven to rise for 30 minutes more.
  13. Then take them out and pour 2 or 3 tbsp of lukewarm water and 2 or 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil on the top.
  14. Spread the mixture by massaging it with your hands and make the characteristic holes by pressing down hard with your fingertips.
  15. Then put the focaccia back in oven and let it rise for 1 hour more.
  16. Bake in a preheated fan forced oven at 200 – 220°C for about 12 to 15 minutes. When ready, put it on a wire rack to cool down and brush immediately with some extra virgin olive oil.
  17. Cut into pieces and enjoy!