Herbed Spicy Focaccia Bread

Back in July 2011, I had the pleasure of hosting an 'Only Baked' event. My inbox was flooded with many mouth watering recipes out of which I have baked this Focaccia bread by Jayasri of 'Cooking is Divine'

It has been lying in my drafts for so long and I would have baked this bread so many times over the past few months. Each time this bread comes out perfect and we thoroughly love the texture and taste of this bread! Here it is for Day 6 BM #14.

Ingredients - 

Bread Flour 3 1/4 cups (Or All Purpose Flour)
Active Dry Yeast 2 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Garlic - Chilli paste
Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Dried Basil, Oregano, Parsley as needed
Toppings - Your choice (I used Grape Tomatoes, Jalepeno slices, Oregano, Basil, Parsley sprinkles and Sea salt)
Olive oil 3-4 Tbsp
I used a little less than 2 cups of warm water.

Herbed Spicy Focaccia Bread

Method of Preparation - 

In a small bowl, add yeast to about 1/2 cup of warm water and set it aside for the yeast to froth up. 

Meanwhile, mix in salt, sugar, garlic-chilli paste, basil, oregano, coriander leaves and parsley in the bread flour.

Add the frothy yeast water and mix well and gradually add the remaining water to make a sticky dough. Knead well (I worked on the dough for about 10 min) adding oil as needed.

When the dough is soft and pliable, make a smooth ball and set it aside for fermenting in a well oiled bowl. Also take care to cover the bowl with a cling wrap. I usually place it in the oven with the light on for extra warmth (sometimes much needed warmth!).

After the dough is doubled, transfer the dough onto a deep baking dish (I used  8 X 6 X 1.5 glass dish once and a 9 inch round pan a few times) which has been greased.

Make dimples on the spread out dough and arrange the desired toppings in any pattern you prefer. 

Cover the dish and set it aside for a second rise for about 20-30 min. Sprinkle some more Italian herbs.

Bake for about 20-25 min or until it is golden brown in color and the toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Remove and cool it on a wire rack and enjoy! 

Herbed Spicy Focaccia Bread

Check to see what the fellow marathoners are cooking for BM #14.   

Preparation Time  approx 3 hrs (Dough mixing time 20 min+ Fermenting time 2 hrs + Baking time 27 min + Cooling time 5 min)
Makes  8 X 6 X 1.5 bread
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, March 28, 2012


  1. oh wow!!..have always loved this bread..but have failed twice..guess the yeast always betrays me..surly give another shot!!

  2. Suma Gandlur Says:
  3. Love the texture.

  4. Looks tempting and delicious. Nice click.

  5. Looks tempting and delicious. Nice click.

  6. Usha Says:
  7. Nice texture and the bread is colorful. Looks tasty too! I baked it once with whole wheat flour.

  8. Deeksha Says:
  9. Perfect bake. Well made.

  10. I always love focaccia bread with pesto sauce. I like ur texture too.

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Perfect harini one of my favorite bread looks so beautiful with that 3 colors..

  13. Very wholesome and excellent looking Focaccia bread. Wonderfully prepared.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. Jayashree Says:
  15. Wow.....that is one good looking bread :-) Bookmarked!!!

  16. last picture show how good it is from inside also...very well done dear...

  17. Rajani S Says:
  18. I am yet to make this, but everytime I see this bread, I love it! Lovely colors and beautiful pictures.

  19. Unknown Says:
  20. Spice flavor bread looks so soft and yummy.

    Cuisine Delights
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  21. I thought baking was very difficult, but now I feel that if one knows the basics of dough making, every bread is almost so similar. :)
    This looks so perfectly baked; thanks for those simple yet tricky tricks. :)

  22. Kanan Says:
  23. wow. It looks so great. Love it.

  24. Priyanka Says:
  25. Oh wow, thats looks so tempting and beautiful

  26. Rasi Says:
  27. oh my my!! this is super cool stuff u have made.. the bread look simply mouth watering.. have to try this..good one again!

    Ongoing Event : I'm The Star

  28. Jayanthi Says:
  29. Ooh Ooh Ooh ...can have a bite of that soft tasty bread....love the texture and kudos kudos to you for making it ...

  30. Jyoti Babel Says:
  31. Perfect with soup or with a cup of tea..

  32. Srivalli Says:
  33. Wow that looks awesome..harini..too good..

  34. Perfect Focacia bread. Looks so moist and truly wonderful!

  35. I love foccacia and your came out perfect!

  36. Padmajha Says:
  37. I have never baked this but it looks absolutely tempting...

  38. Archana Says:
  39. Wow. This is beautiful. Must make one batch.

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