If you're new to bread baking, you won't believe how easy it is to make great focaccia at home. Focaccia is a famously chewy, soft Italian flatbread that's perfect for entertaining a large crowd and a carb lover's dream. It is very easy to bake in a tray and is even vegan by nature. Although it takes some time to prepare since this yeast dough usually needs to rise twice, the work is mostly freehand.
The fun starts when you poke holes in the dough with your fingers and drizzle it with plenty of olive oil. As the bread bakes, the oil sinks into the puddles you create, flavoring and softening the crumb. It's typically seasoned with crisp sea salt and fresh herbs, but we have great ideas for variations. Get inspired to bake this easy Italian bread at home with our best focaccia recipes.
Here's how to enjoy focaccia
Thick slices of soft focaccia are ideal for serving as a side dish for dinner, halving for sandwiches, as a party appetizer, dipping into a hot soup or to relieve a hangover. Although it's best to eat it the same day it's baked, you can use leftover slices for bruschetta or a panzanella salad. It also freezes beautifully for up to a few months, cut into squares and stored in an airtight container.