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French Focaccia Bread

French Focaccia Bread is what happened when I had leftover French bread dough and starting experimenting. The result was a deliciously tasty, crispy, chewy satisfying bread!

French Focaccia Bread close up photo of baked bread

French Focaccia Bread, a fusion of flavours!

Originally published March 2011.

So, what’s French Focaccia Bread?

It’s what happens when you discover leftover French Bread dough in the fridge. Then, you decide to throw a few ingredients at it that I normally add to an Italian bread like focaccia.

French Focaccia Bread close up photo before being baked

French Focaccia Bread, a fusion of flavours!

The result was a very flavourful, crispy, chewy bread that would be perfect beside any number of things. Serve with meals such as a great lasagna or other pasta to a simple great salad for lunch.

Plus it looks gorgeous on the table too!

This time around we served it with this utterly amazing Braised Beef Oven Chili.

Braised Beef Oven Chili - imagine a great slow cooked chili with chunks of tender pot roast instead of ground beef.

Braised Beef Oven Chili

You can find my method of making Garlic Olive Oil right here.

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French Focaccia Bread, a fusion of flavours!

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French Focaccia Bread close up photo of baked bread
Yield: 20 servings (2 large loaves)

French Focaccia Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

French Focaccia Bread is what happened when I had leftover French bread dough and starting experimenting. The result was a deliciously tasty, crispy, chewy satisfying bread!


For the bread dough

  • 4 cups flour, for whole wheat focaccia use 2 cups of white flour and 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 2 tsp sea salt

You will also need

  • cherry tomato halves
  • pitted kalamata olives
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh thyme or chopped fresh rosemary
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Add all ingredients except 1 cup of the flour to the bowl. Using the dough hook on your electric mixer, mix together well and allow to run on low speed for about 10 minutes. The dough will be loose and sticky but don't worry about that, just allow it to rise in a warm spot for a couple of hours or more before turning it out into a bread board and kneading in the other 1 cup of flour by hand. You may have to use a little more or a little less flour depending factors like local humidity.
  2. Divide into two portions and roll out into about 10 inch rounds. Push the tomatoes and olives into the dough
  3. Brush the entire surface of the dough with garlic olive oil (Garlic Olive Oil recipe here) then sprinkle the sea salt, pepper, rosemary and parmesan over the entire loaf.
  4. Allow the dough to rise on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet until doubled in size. Bake in a very hot oven fromn 425 - 450 degrees for about a half hour or until evenly golden brown.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

20 servings (2 large loaves)

Amount Per Serving Calories 98Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gSodium 286mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g

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Monday 23rd of March 2020

I love all your bread recipes. I was wondering with this focaccia dough if 2 or more hours of rising time will over-proof the dough? Most of the time 1 hour or so is enough to double the volume but that is not mentioned here "to let rise till doubled". Does this matter? For a single focaccia, just simply cut the ingredients in half. I was also wondering if this dough can be frozen and later used for a deep dish pizza dough by bringing to room temp and rolling out to 10-12 inches? If so, then small families or couples can get two different meals from one fantastic recipe and nothing goes to waste.


Friday 20th of March 2020

If one does not want 2 focaccias, what can do with 2nd half?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 24th of March 2011

Thanks for the catch. I've corrected the typo.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2011

There seems to be an error in the ingredients list. Should it have been 2 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups white flour, to make the whole wheat version?


Wednesday 23rd of March 2011

This looks amazingly delicious! I need to get back on the bread-baking bandwagon. The tomato and kalamata sounds amazing on this focaccia, I'll definitely have to try that!

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