Focaccia Recipe

How to Make Focaccia Like an Award-Winning Pizza Chef

I met with the pizza champion, Lucio De Falco, and we set out in order to make the perfect focaccia, and luckily, we have done just that! With a few simple ingredients, time, and dedication, we made the best focaccia I have ever tasted.

The Focaccia bread has a beautiful golden brown bottom with an airy, fluffy inside and crunchy top. The taste of the extra virgin olive oil seeps through the bread and is absolutely divine. We split the focaccia up into three sections with separate toppings for each. The topping combination was incredible, from rosemary and salt to caramelized onions and potatoes.

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How to Make Focaccia Like an Award-Winning Pizza Chef

Italian Focaccia Bread recipe

Vincenzo’s Plate Tips

Use Two Different Flours (Le 5 Stagioni Farina “OO” Flour Blue and Le 5 Stagioni Farina “OO” Flour Classic)

The best way to make focaccia is with two different flours. Le 5 Stagioni Farina “OO” Flour Blue contains a higher protein content, which gives the dough more structure. On the other hand if you can’t find this flour, you should find an “OO” flour with medium to high protein content, which is around 11-13 grams of protein.

Fresh vs. Dry Yeast

If the yeast is fresh, add it to the water and mix. If the yeast is dry, add it directly to the Le 5 Stagioni Farina “OO” Flour Classic and mix. You can use either fresh or dry yeast to make focaccia. Obviously both methods result in the same delicious focaccia!

Use a Stand Mixer

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? No problem! Of course you can use a stand mixer to do the mixing for you. Add all of the ingredients into the bowl like normal.

Always Make Sure Your Dough Is Covered

Always make sure the dough is covered with saran wrap or a cloth. Otherwise, if the dough is not covered, it will quickly become dry. 

How to make Focaccia

How to Serve Focaccia

Move the Focaccia to a wooden chopping board and cut it into rectangles with a pair of scissors. Scissors will cut the focaccia perfectly and keep the bread airy and soft. 

Italian Focaccia

Focaccia Bread

Focaccia

Soft in the middle and crunchy on the top and bottom, focaccia is a delightful street food bread that is enjoyed when walking the streets of Italy. Focaccia needs time and patience but relatively little skill to make. In fact, the refrigerator will do most of the work for you! But once you smell the amazing aroma of the focaccia coming out of your oven, you won't ever buy it from the supermarket again.
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Equipment

  • 30x40 inches baking tray 76.2x 101.6 cm
  • Small metal mixing bowl
  • Saran wrap
  • Stand mixer
  • 2 Large wooden chopping boards
  • Large metal tray
  • Olive oil dispensing bottle
  • Spatula
  • Scissors

Ingredients
  

For the Focaccia

  • 550 grams Le 5 Stagioni Farina “OO” Flour Blue 19.4 oz
  • 150 grams Le 5 Stagioni Farina “OO” Flour Classic 5 oz
  • 15 grams EVOO 0.5 oz
  • 15 grams Salt 1.7 oz
  • 2 grams Yeast (fresh or dry) 0.07 oz
  • 500 grams Water 18 oz

For the Toppings

  • Rosemary, salt, oregano
  • Cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, green olives, red onions
  • Caramelized onions, potatoes, oregano

Instructions
 

To prepare the dough:

  • Add the yeast to the water and mix the yeast and water together. (If the yeast is fresh, add it to the water; if the yeast is dry, add it directly to the flour and mix.)
  • Slowly add the Le 5 Stagioni Farina “OO” Flour Classic. Mix the flour slowly with your hands. The dough should still be a bit sticky.
  • Add the Le 5 Stagioni Farina “OO” Flour Blue and mix everything together. Clean the bowl with your hands to get all of the flour.
  • Add the salt and keep mixing.
  • Add EVOO to get an incredible smell once it is baked!
  • Mix the dough well to ensure it absorbs all of the EVOO. The high-protein flour will keep the dough well hydrated, so you don't have to knead the dough for a long time.
  • Let the dough rest at room temperature for an hour or a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Then, let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
  • Once the dough is finished resting in the refrigerator, it will be soft and fluffy.
  • Prepare two large cutting boards and place them next to each other to create a ‘bench.’
  • Sprinkle some flour on the cutting board and place the dough on the bench.
  • Fold the dough inwards, making a few folds, and press down on the dough.
  • Once it has been folded, place the dough back into the metal bowl and wrap it in saran wrap.
  • Let the dough rest at room temperature for 2 hours until it becomes a high, soft dough.
  • Rub EVOO on your hands and scoop the dough out onto the bench.
  • Slowly stretch the dough with your fingers and make sure the dough fits across the large baking tray.
  • Add EVOO to the metal tray. Move the large slab of dough onto the tray.
  • Let the dough rest in the tray with saran wrap or a cloth. Don’t let the dough dry up.
  • Carefully unwrap the dough. The dough should have doubled in size, and it should be very wet and wobbly.
  • Add a generous amount of EVOO on top of the dough.
  • Add the Toppings
  • Once the dough is ready, you can start to prepare your toppings.
  • Gently poke indents into the dough with all of your fingers.
  • Then top the focaccia with any ingredients you want.
  • Once you are done adding the toppings, add more EVOO to the top of the focaccia.

To Cook the Focaccia:

  • Heat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius (428 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Let the focaccia cook for 20-25 minutes. It will be done when the top is golden brown.
  • Pull the focaccia out of the oven and scoop it out with a spatula.
  • Place the focaccia on a wooden cutting board and cut it into rectangles with a pair of scissors

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12 Responses to Focaccia Recipe

  1. Bud October 16, 2023 at 8:19 AM #

    5 stars
    Made this exactly as shown in the video. The best I have ever had. Absolutely awesome. It is worth the time.

    • Vincenzo's Plate November 10, 2023 at 6:26 PM #

      Homemade focaccia is indeed a labor of love, and it’s wonderful to know that you found it worth the time and effort.

  2. Vykintas October 26, 2023 at 3:04 AM #

    Hi Vincenzo, firstly thanks for the nice recipe! I tried to make focaccia, but dough rises too slow with 2 grams of yeast. I live in Lithuania, northern Europe, so I managed to get only “il Molino” brand of farina. Then I put the dough on the metal tray, 2 hours was not enough to rise it. I think next time I should use 5-10 grams of yeast, to let the dough rise quicker. What would be your advice?

    • Vincenzo's Plate October 27, 2023 at 11:23 PM #

      Ciao! I’m glad you enjoyed the focaccia recipe. I’m sorry to hear that the dough didn’t rise quickly enough for you.

      There are a few things you can do to help the dough rise faster, especially in a cooler climate like Lithuania.

      Use more yeast: 5-10 grams.
      Warm up the water before mixing it into the dough.
      Place the dough in a warm spot.
      Preheat the metal tray before placing the dough on it.

  3. Stefano Bilotta December 4, 2023 at 9:58 AM #

    Hi Vincenzo,
    I think 2g of yeast is a mistake; it certainly didn’t turn out very nice when I tried it.
    Did you intend 2 sachets of dry yeast? (that would approx. correspond to other flour/yeast ratio you use for other focaccia recipes you provide?

    Thanks
    Stefano

    • Vincenzo's Plate December 8, 2023 at 4:16 PM #

      Ciao Stefano! Grazie for reaching out, and I appreciate your feedback. Can you try using 7g (1 packet) of dry yeast for the focaccia recipe and see how it goes. I hope this adjustment brings you better results in your focaccia making!

  4. Daniel December 21, 2023 at 8:13 AM #

    Thank you! Making this now and wondering if the potatoes are raw or pre cooked.

    Thanks!

    • Vincenzo's Plate December 22, 2023 at 12:50 PM #

      Grazie for trying the focaccia recipe! The potatoes are thinly sliced raw.

  5. Ruth January 25, 2024 at 8:24 PM #

    5 stars
    Ciao I want to make this recipe for a village lunch so the bread needs to be finished and ready to go the the village hall by 11am. Can I complete the final prove in the tin overnight in the fridge and then allow to come to room temperature prior to cooking please?

    • Vincenzo's Plate January 29, 2024 at 6:49 PM #

      Ciao! Exciting plan for the village lunch! Yes, you can do the final prove in the fridge overnight. Take it out a bit before baking to let it come to room temperature.

  6. Mark January 30, 2024 at 8:44 AM #

    Made this yesterday….turned out good. Except the dough didn’t rise as much as expected. I used dry yeast….and as my home is cooler in the winter and I am to cheap to turn up the heat (house is 20 degrees C) I used 3 grams of dry yeast. Maybe next time I’ll use 5? Also baked in wood oven.

    • Vincenzo's Plate February 6, 2024 at 1:34 PM #

      If the dough didn’t rise enough, tweaking the yeast is a good idea. Warmer environments can slow the rise, so increasing to 5 grams might help.

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