Recipe: Garlic focaccia bread

Rating: 4.6 stars based on 1070 reviews

Serves 4 : Takes 20 minutes to make, 15 minutes to bake, plus proving

Garlic focaccia is a versatile all-purpose flat bread that is always welcome at picnics and with delicious Italian meals. This easy recipe means little effort is needed to wow and delight. With such a strong flavour, ideal on lazy summer evenings, this offering should at least scare off vampires.


  • 250g strong plain white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • Olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp Maldon sea salt


  • o Put the flour into a bowl with the salt, yeast and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add 150ml warm water, stir with a wooden spoon, then use your hands to mix it all into a ball.
  • o Sprinkle flour over a clean work surface and tip out the dough. Work the dough for 10 minutes to stretch and make smooth.
  • o Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil onto the work surface. Sit the dough on top and roll out to a round about 30cm across with a rolling pin. Grease a pizza tray or large baking tray and line with baking paper and put the dough on it.
  • o Scatter the garlic over the dough, then sprinkle with the salt. Cover with greased cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour. It will become puffy.
  • o Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan200°C/gas 7. Discard the cling film and press your finger into the dough about 16 times and pour over a little more olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes, then tear into pieces to serve.




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