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Easy recipe for focaccia bread without the need for yeast. The most simple, and easy to follow bread recipe you will find, with an added recipe to turn your boring focaccia bread into a delicious garlic and herb, vegetable mosaic delight! Both stunningly aesthetic and delicious. Oh, and did I mention the parmesan cheese dipping oil?

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Back into lockdown we go. During the first UK lockdown, a high number of the UK public took to baking as a way to keep busy and get through isolation. I can see why, baking is an easy hobby to take up. Just like this blog here, there are many resources available for bakers at any level of expertise. Not only that, but at the end you get to eat. What's better than a hobby where you get to eat?

However, in lockdown part one. Everyone took to soda bread and sourdough. So now we need something new to focus on. Enter focaccia.

What is focaccia bread?

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough. Focaccia can be used as a side to many meals or as sandwich bread.

Focaccia al rosmarino (focaccia with rosemary) is a common focaccia style in Italian cuisine that may be served as an antipasto, appetizer, table bread, or snack. Made with flour, water, yeast and salt

Basically, it’s a delicious Italian flatbread.

For a classic focaccia recipe WITH yeast, check out the recipe below.

No Yeast Recipe

Many, if not all focaccia recipes you will find online call for yeast. Which helps the bread rise and gives it those light pockets inside the bread when you tear into it.

However, this can be a pain. Due to the fact that all the focaccia ingredients are easy to find, except the yeast. All the focaccia ingredients are things most people already have in their home, except the yeast.

In the right climate, focaccia bread will naturally rise without the yeast. Original focaccia never used yeast so why start now? Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need yeast in order to make focaccia, sure, it helps. Having those pockets of air within the bread and that beautiful lightness which the yeast creates is wonderful. But just because you don’t use any yeast, does not mean you will be left with a rock solid, dense brick worth of bread.

As long as you follow the below steps correctly you will still get a light bread without the need for yeast.

Which is great news to all! It means you might already have what you need to make focaccia in your kitchen cupboard right now. Especially if you have flour left over from your last lockdown baking session. Hurray!

Focaccia Bread Art

Before we jump into the recipe. Let’s just quickly cover a focaccia trend that’s been making it’s way round recently. That trend is none other than focaccia art. Which is the process of adding different ingredients to the top of your focaccia bread before baking so you are left with pretty patterns and pictures. Like with the following…

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This works well for two reasons; Firstly, focaccia as a flavour works well with many different flavours, So it's hard to mess it up with your choice of toppings. Secondly, because its flat and rises upwards. It makes the perfect canvas for creating art. You can learn more about focaccia bread art and how to do it with this article here.

Basic Focaccia Bread Recipe (Without yeast)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups/250grams all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup/240ml water

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Steps To Make Your Focaccia Bread

Step one

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C/200 Fan and gather your ingredients. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Lightly mix.

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Step Two

Add one tablespoon of the olive oil and slowly add the water whilst mixing. Mix till combined into a dough. If your dough is too sticky, add some more flour, if it's too dry add a splash more water.

Step Three

Turn your dough out to a floured surface and knead for one minute (Yes one minute, I told you it would be easy)

Step Four

Brush a large baking sheet with olive oil and transfer your dough to said baking sheet. Spread out the dough into a rectangle that's 1 inch thick. Using your fingertips poke holes all over the top of the dough.

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Step Five

Season with salt and pepper, add any vegetables or herbs you like (see below recipe for recommendations) and drizzle the rest of your olive oil all over. Don’t worry about adding too much olive oil, it’s difficult to add too much oil to focaccia.

Step Six

Sprinkle over your sea salt and bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Step Seven

Cut into squares and serve warm with dipping oil (Recipe below)

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Garlic and herb focaccia recipe

Garlic and herb focaccia is a popular variation of focaccia bread. For good reason, it's god damn delicious.

For this recipe. You will follow the exact same instructions as the above recipe for the basic focaccia. However, when you get to the seasoning section, before your focaccia goes into the oven, we are going to add a few different seasoning, all of which we will sprinkle on top of our focaccia.

Instructions

  1. Two pinches of fresh rosemary leaves

  2. 1 ½ tablespoon of ground garlic

  3. 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Sprinkle the above ingredients over your focaccia dough and continue as normal. Baking your focaccia for 20/25 minutes or until golden brown.

Parmesan and herb dipping oil recipe

Finally we are going to make a quick dipping oil which will pair beautifully with whatever focaccia you have decided to make.

Ingredients

  • 20grams Grated parmesan cheese

  • ½ tablespoon Black pepper

  • ¼ tablespoon Salt

  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar

  • 1 Garlic clove crushed

  • ½ tablespoon Dried oregano

  • 60ml Olive oil

Instructions

  • Whisk together all the ingredients except the olive oil until combined.

  • Gradually add the olive oil whilst whisking until combined. Or gradually add oil whilst blending for a smoother consistency.

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No Yeast Focaccia Bread

Yield: 3

Author: Cameron Fielding

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min

The easiest and quickest focaccia bread you will ever bake.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C/200 Fan and gather your ingredients. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Lightly mix.
  2. Add one tablespoon of the olive oil and slowly add the water whilst mixing. Mix till combined into a dough. If your dough is too sticky, add some more flour if it's too dry add a splash more water.
  3. Turn your dough out to a floured surface and knead for one minute (Yes one minute, I told you it would be easy)
  4. Brush a large baking sheet with olive oil and transfer your dough to said baking sheet. Spread out the dough into a rectangle that's 1 inch thick. Using your fingertips poke holes all over the top of the dough.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, add any vegetables or herbs you like (see above recipes for recommendations) and drizzle the rest of your olive oil all over. Don’t worry about adding too much olive oil, it’s difficult to add too much oil to focaccia.
  6. Sprinkle over your sea salt and bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Cut into squares and serve warm with dipping oil

Notes

For recipe variations and a recipe for parmesan and herb dipping oil, see above.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories

429.21

Fat

14.82

Sat. Fat

2.06

Carbs

64.7

Fiber

2.26

Net carbs

62.44

Sugar

0.23

Protein

8.61

Sodium

1980.21

Cholesterol

The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

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FAQs

How unhealthy is focaccia bread? ›

A 57-gram serving of focaccia bread contains 142 calories. Carbohydrates account for 57% of the total calories, while fat provides 28% and protein provides 14%. Focaccia bread is neither a high-calorie nor low-calorie food.

What makes bread rise without yeast? ›

By adding an acid to baking soda (such as lemon juice or cream of tartar) a chemical reaction occurs that produces carbon dioxide and fills your bread with air — much like yeast does. You can substitute yeast with equal parts lemon juice and baking soda.

What bread is made without the use of yeast? ›

Soda Bread

This sturdy breakfast bread comes together and relies on baking soda as a leavener. You can swap out the walnuts and dried currants with any chopped nuts, seeds and dried fruit you have in your pantry.

Is it better to use bread flour or all-purpose flour for focaccia? ›

Bread flour is slightly higher in protein than All-purpose, so gives the focaccia just a little more chew. I love the mix of both, but just AP flour works just fine too!

What is the most unhealthiest bread? ›

The Unhealthiest Store-Bought Bread You Can Buy
  • Loaf of 12-grain enriched bread - Food Club.
  • Loaf of Wonder Bread - Wonder Bread.
  • Loaf of sliced bread - Home Pride.
  • Loaf of sliced white bread - Pepperidge Farm.
  • Loaf of sliced potato bread - Martin's.
  • Two packets of sliced sweet bread - King.
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Is bread without yeast healthier? ›

For health conscious consumers yeast free bread has many benefits and is recommended for people suffering from Diabetes, Candida and other digestive problems. Eating most types of regular bread creates sugar in our body's when our body breaks down the bread into carbohydrates and simple sugars.

What did the pioneers use instead of yeast? ›

Pioneers used both corn meal and wheat flours for bread. They baked bread in cast iron bake kettles set in the coals of the open hearth. Pearlash, eggs, saleratus, an early chemical leavening preceding baking soda, and home-created yeast starters were used to leaven bread.

What is bread without yeast called? ›

Unleavened bread is any of a wide variety of breads which are prepared without using rising agents such as yeast or sodium bicarbonate. The preparation of bread-like non-leavened cooked grain foods appeared in prehistoric times.

Is Ezekiel bread yeast free? ›

Ezekiel bread ingredients typically include the following: organic sprouted wheat, filtered water, organic malted barley, organic sprouted rye, organic sprouted barley, organic sprouted oats, organic sprouted millet, organic sprouted corn, organic sprouted brown rice, fresh yeast, organic wheat gluten and sea salt.

What type of bread is most commonly made without yeast? ›

Instead of using yeast to make the bread rise, quick breads rely on other leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder to get height. "Quick breads, like banana bread, zucchini bread, and cornbread are delicious and easy alternatives to yeast-based bread and can satisfy cravings in a pinch," says Tyler Lee.

What bread can I eat without yeast? ›

Bread recipes without yeast
  • Roti canai. ...
  • Frying pan potato bread with melting raclette and pickle dressing. ...
  • Soda bread with spring onions and turmeric. ...
  • Quick carrot and walnut bread. ...
  • Sesame seed encrusted naan. ...
  • Dukkah goat's cheese with homemade flatbread. ...
  • Cheddar soda bread with spring onion butter.

Why won't my focaccia rise? ›

Add more yeast, blend in the starter, or knead in more flour to help initiate rising. Dough that has expired yeast, too much salt, all-purpose or cake flour, or antifungal spices like cinnamon might have trouble rising.

Why is my focaccia not fluffy? ›

Why is my focaccia not fluffy or chewy? It could be the type of flour you used. The best flour to use to make focaccia bread is bread flour which gives you fluffy baked bread. Or, it could also be because you did not knead the dough enough for the gluten to form a structure which can result in flat or dense bread.

Why is King Arthur flour better? ›

King Arthur Flour contains no bleach, no bromate, and no artificial preservatives of any kind. What you get—instead of those chemical bleaching agents—is flour from superior grains grown by farmers we trust.

Is focaccia healthier than white bread? ›

Like croissants and brioche buns, focaccia is high in calories and fat. Most people aren't aware of it, but it contains a lot of olive oil, which in excess has the same effect. To lose weight, people should choose whole-grain or rye bread, which has more fibre and is lower in fat and calories.

Which is healthier focaccia or sourdough? ›

Sourdough is more nutritious, easier to digest, and has a lower glycemic index. Sourdough also contains less gluten than other bread.

Does focaccia have a lot of carbs? ›

Is focaccia high in carbs? Conventional focaccia is made with wheat flour and has about 20g of carbs per serving. But this keto focaccia bread is completely grain free and has only 5g of carbs and 2.5g of fiber.

What bread is worse for you? ›

When is bread not healthful? The highly processed flour and additives in white, packaged bread can make it unhealthful. Consuming too much white bread can contribute to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. However, buying bread with the word “whole” as the first ingredient still does not guarantee a healthful product.

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