A Spoonful of Sunshine

Herb & Cheese Focaccia December 3, 2012

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I have been holding out on this recipe for a long time.  I actually made it a couple of weeks ago to bring to a potluck for my wine class.  With all the pumpkin craze and impending traditional Thanksgiving faire, focaccia just didn’t seem to fit in.  But now, the temperatures are dropping, it seems like the sun sets at 4:30, Santa Barbara has been hit by a bit of a rainstorm, and all I want to do is stay inside cooking in a warm kitchen.  If you are anything like me, this is perfect bread to make your house smell spectacular and eat along a big heart bowl of pasta.  And a nice big glass of red wine.  That is a definite requirement.

Herb & Cheese Focaccia


for the dough

1 cup warm water

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3 cups bread flour

1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

for the topping

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped garlic

1 tbsp chopped dried rosemary

2 tsp dried oregano

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated


  • Put all ingredients in the bread machine and set on the dough cycle (mine takes ~1 hours & 20 minutes).
  • When the dough is done remove  and roll out into a rectangle on a greased baking sheet.
  • Poke the dough with your fingers to give it some texture.
  • Cover and let rise for 15-30 minutes.
  • While dough is rising, heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Add garlic, rosemary, and oregano.  Saute until garlic is slightly browned (it will brown further in the oven) and remove from heat.
  • When dough has risen, brush herby olive oil mixture over bread, adding additional olive oil if necessary.
  • Top with parmesan cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 400°F.

27 Responses to “Herb & Cheese Focaccia”

  1. Girl, how dare you hold out on sharing this recipe with all of us for so long, Ha Ha! It looks and sounds delicious.

  2. Yum! Gorgeous pictures,too!:) I love this flavor combo

  3. pickyrunner Says:

    Oh wow a bread machine scares me. But when I saw the title of this I HAD to read it. And now I want to make it so badly. Girl, thanks for sharing this :)

  4. I LOVE Foccacia! I have a bread machine at home, and it’s so fun to try new recipes with it. This is definitely something I have to try. I can see this being a delicious pizza crust, too! :)

  5. carlyjg Says:

    I seriously loooove bread. Especially with cheese on it. UGH! I need to make this over break. Seriously!

  6. Omg this sounds amaaaazing. When I have the time, I love making bread and pizza crust myself. I must do some research to see how to do this without a bread machine!

  7. Connie Du Says:

    Holy smokes, that looks FABULOUS. You can’t go through with a bread and cheese combo. I’m going to have to get my mom to make this for me when I go home cause I’d probably screw it up.

  8. Connie Du Says:

    You can’t go wrong*

  9. Brittany Says:

    Yum yum yummm!! This bread looks amazing!

  10. Yummmm! This bread makes me want to make a big pot of soup!

  11. These shots are so gorgeous and the food would be good to begin with but omg. When I saw the preview to the post in my blog reader, I was like holy moly that looks like heaven.

  12. AnnaTheApple Says:

    Focaccia is my favourite kind of bread. I love ‘interesting’ bread that has bits and pieces in it. Yum!

  13. lifeasliv Says:

    PS, I nominated you for a liebster award!

  14. this looks so yummy! i am definitely bookmarking it for when i come home :)

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