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Parmesan Focaccia Bread

Parmesan focaccia bread is so delicious and easy to make! Baked in a coating of olive oil and sea salt for a crispy crust and soft center. Slice for sandwiches or break and dip into olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword focaccia, herb, parmesan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
rise 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 165kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

Pan Coating

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Pour Over Topping

  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1-2 teaspoons course sea salt


  • In a small bowl combine warm water, honey and yeast. Allow to proof 5 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, salt and parmesan cheese.
  • Add yeast/water mixture and stir until combined. The mixture will be sticky.
  • Dump dough onto floured surface. Sprinkle with enough flour to keep your hands from being sticky (about 1/2 cup).
  • Knead until a soft ball of dough forms.
  • Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl and place dough in bowl, turning to coat both sides. Cover and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
  • Punch down dough.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil onto a baking sheet, pizza pan or 9×13 baking dish.
  • NOTE: This may seem like a lot and that you’ll end up with a greasy bread, but you won’t. Remember, you didn’t add any oil to the dough when you mixed it up, you’re adding it now— just on the outside. The dough will be coated and there may be excess on the pan and that is to be expected.
  • Place dough onto pan, turn to cover both sides of the dough in oil. Press dough to fill pan, about 1/2" thick. If making a round loaf of focaccia like I did, you’ll want to press it into a 12″ circle.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix water, oil and Italian seasoning in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Uncover dough and press your fingers into the dough, all around, to create dimples in the bread.
  • Pour the water/oil mixture over the dough and sprinkle with a teaspoon or two of coarse salt.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.



Calories: 165kcal