Thank you to Fleischmann’s® Yeast for sponsoring this Easy Mediterranean Focaccia recipe! This simple bread loaded with kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese is perfect with salad or pasta.
Are you a bread baking master, or do the words yeast and kneading give you nightmares? I would say I fall somewhere in the middle. I love recipes using yeast as long as they are easy. I tried making French bread once years ago. It was OK but a far cry from my favorite bakery loaf with a crusty outside and soft, fluffy interior. I need more work on my kneading, so I am a huge fan of no-knead bread recipes because they are usually pretty foolproof.
Take this Mediterranean focaccia for example. I promise this bread is nearly impossible to mess up as long as you get the measurements right. There is no kneading involved, and it needs minimal rise time. You can have hot, fresh bread on the table for dinner in just over an hour (with only about 10 minutes of active prep time)!
Fleischmann’s Yeast has a gorgeous website with recipes, baking tips, and photos. That’s where I found this original focaccia recipe, and I just added a few ingredients to give it a Mediterranean spin. They also feature a “Smart Recipe Experience” for many of their recipes with detailed instructions, tips, and photos for each step of the process. This is especially helpful for bread recipes that are a bit more involved than this beginner’s focaccia.
I’d like to share my own step-by-step photo tutorial for making this Easy Mediterranean Focaccia so you can see just how quick and simple it is. Let’s go!
Step 1: Measure your dry ingredients.
I like to weigh my flour instead of measure it with a cup to make sure the amount is right. This is optional! Since I used spelt flour, I weighed out just under 11 1/2 ounces of flour. If you are using all-purpose flour, weigh 13 3/4 ounces or measure 3 1/4 cups. Then add the yeast and salt and stir it all together.
Step 2: Chop your olives and artichokes.
You want to have these ready to go when you stir your warm water into the flour mixture.
Step 3: Heat water and olive oil.
I had a thermometer handy, so I heated the water to around 120 degrees F. If you don’t have a thermometer, it should feel very warm but not too hot to touch. You could also just get very warm water out of the tap instead of microwaving it.
Step 4: Stir it all together, and spread it in the pan.
First stir in the warm water and oil until the dough comes together. Next, stir in the olives, artichokes, and feta cheese. This dough is so easy to work with because of the added oil. It doesn’t stick, so you can easily press it to fill the pan. The original recipe says not to worry if the dough doesn’t stretch to the edges, but mine fit fine. Now, cover it with a towel and let it rest in a warmish place for a half hour.
Step 5: Poke it and let it rest some more.
This is the fun part, well one of the fun parts. Poke indentations all over the surface of the dough. Keep a little dish of olive oil next to you because you’ll need to dip your finger every couple pokes. Your finger should almost reach the bottom of the pan, and the indentations should be spaced about an inch apart. Sprinkle herbs and more oil over the top, and let it rest for 15 minutes longer while the oven preheats.
Step 7: Bake it!
Bake your gorgeous focaccia for 25-30 minutes until it’s golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before cutting and serving.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ACH. The opinions and text are all mine.