No-yeast Easy Homemade Focaccia Recipe
A family favourite
Using simple pantry staples, whip up this Italian classic at home in no time. This focaccia recipe is yeast-free, meaning you don’t have to wait hours for the dough to prove. Ideal for kids and family meals, focaccia makes a perfect starter, snack, or side dish, and it goes perfectly with family-friendly dinners such as spaghetti bolognese or lasagne.
Make it plant-based or gluten-free
The milk in this recipe can also be adapted to suit any dietary needs, such as oat or soya, or other plant-based alternatives, and the flour can we swapped for a gluten-free option.
Dips and extra flavours
Focaccia is great for dipping in olive oil or balsamic vinegar, which helps keep the bread moist while adding extra flavour. The Casa Rinaldi olive oil and balsamic vinegar ranges offer a wide variety of seasonings to compliment your focaccia while adding an authentic taste of Italy.
Fun fact: the name “focaccia” comes from the Roman term “panis focacius”, which means “hearth bread” and is a form of flatbread. Traditionally, focaccia was baked in coals by the Romans and, in some Italian regions, focaccia is referred to as “pizza bianca”, meaning “white pizza”.
320g plain flour, plus extra for kneading
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, chives or basil, plus extra to garnish)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
120ml milk (of your choice)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5. Grease a (roughly) 20cm-wide baking tray with a splash of olive oil and line with baking parchment.
Quick tip: you can use a round loose-bottom baking tin to make it easier to remove the focaccia when baked.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the water, milk and olive oil and mix using a spatula.
3. Dust your work surface with flour and transfer the dough from the bowl. Knead for 1 minute, adding more flour as needed. The dough should be lightly sticky and a little bit tacky. If you’re unsure what this means or what the dough should look like, have a look at our cooking video at the bottom of the page.
Quick tip: yeast is traditionally used in focaccia recipes, which can cause quite a wet dough, making it trickier to handle. This recipe makes the dough much easier to work with with the absence of yeast, but be sure to use plenty of extra flour when kneading.
4. Grease your hands with a little olive oil and transfer the kneaded dough to the baking tray. Press the dough into an even layer, then use your fingertips (or the end of a wooden spoon handle) to make shallow indents across the dough. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top of the dough (some of it should sit in the indents), and sprinkle with extra herbs.
5. Place the dough in the oven and bake for 20-25min until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly. Slice and serve with an optional garnish of sea salt and fresh herbs, olive oil or garlic allioli on the side for dipping.
Watch the video below to see our Real Italiano chef take you through the easy steps of this yeast-free and delicious focaccia recipe.