Vegetarian Dish

No Knead Focaccia

Focaccia is a traditional Italian flatbread that can be topped with just about anything. It's typically served as a side dish to accompany other dishes, or it might be used in sandwiches or pizza.

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Wait! What? Focaccia you don’t need to knead? Yes! This super easy No Knead Focaccia is virtually foolproof. As long as you are able to stir some ingredients together in a bowl & turn on the oven you can do it. And nothing, and I mean nothing, can beat the smell & taste of fresh focaccia straight from the oven! ♡

No Knead Focaccia Bread on parchment paper

Shockingly easy No Knead Focaccia! If you’re not a bread baker, hold tight because you are about to become one!

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  • Reader feedback
  • How to make No Knead Focaccia
  • How long can you let no knead bread rise?
  • How to serve
  • Storage, freezing and reheating tips
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Good bread is one of my favourite foods, especially when it is fresh from the oven and slathered in my Easy Vegan Butter. And as much as I love it, I realize that when it comes to yeast and bread baking a lot of people have some kind of irrational fear.

I guess it stems from the fact that there is so much room for error. Everything is so variable with traditional bread making and no matter how good a recipe is, it takes practise to be able to get good results.

Reader feedback

This Easy No Knead Focaccia Bread is different though. It is virtually fool proof and gets fantastic feedback from readers.

Liz said – “We made this focaccia bread yesterday and it turned out amazing! We followed the recipe exactly, My teenage boys and I ate almost the entire loaf warm out of the oven. Sooo good! Glad I found your recipe!” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mary Ann said – “Could not believe how easy this recipe was. Even better than that…it was absolutely delicious. It made me look like a real star in the kitchen!” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rachel said – “WOW is this delish! I followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out perfect both times! Only problem I have is NOT eating the whole thing in on one sitting…!!” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you are able to put some ingredients in a bowl and stir them all together then you’ve got this. There is nothing more to it than that.

Fresh homemade focaccia, here we come!

How to make No Knead Focaccia

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For detailed measurements and instructions, see the printable recipe card.

You can make this Easy No Knead Focaccia Bread in a few easy steps:

All you need is a large bowl, a spoon, a metal pan 9like an 8 x 8 inch square, or an 8 x 12 inch, or a round 8 or 9 inch cake pan) and some patience.

Step 1 – Put the dry ingredients and the oil into a bowl and mix them together. There’s no need to be neat like me … just throw it all in …mine’s just for photo purposes! ;O)

flour, yeast, salt, olive oil in a mixing bowl

Step 2 – Add the water.

water, flour, yeast, salt and olive oil in a mixing bowl

Step 3 – Mix it all up with a spoon to the point that you can’t see any dry flour.

wet bread dough in a bowl

Step 4 – Cover & leave at room temperature for up to 8 hours until it looks puffy, bubbly and swollen.

risen bread dough in a bowl

Step 5 – Scrape the dough out and into a lined pan, flattening it out as best you can.

uncooked focaccia bread dough in a pan

Step 6 – Dimple the dough and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with rosemary and sea salt then bake.

olive oil drizzled focaccia dough

Step 7 – Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

It really is that easy.

The only hands on time needed is a couple of minutes to mix the flour, yeast, salt and water together with a spoon, and later, a couple of minutes to scrape the dough into a pan and drizzle with olive oil then sprinkle with rosemary and salt.

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No kneading. No shaping.

You have to leave the mixed up focaccia dough to rest for at least seven hours but up to nine will be ok and it’s all completely hands off/mind off it time.

Patience is everything when you make bread. It is impossible to get immediate results but every minute spent waiting is so worth it. I promise!

You can mix it up before you go to bed at night then bake it in the morning, or you can mix it up in the morning, head off to work, then bake it when you get home. Either way, you are this close to fresh Rosemary and Sea Salt Crusted Focaccia perfection!

How long can you let no knead bread rise?

Because you aren’t kneading the bread, time is needed to develop the gluten. The sweet spot is about 8 hours in an 20 °C (68 °F) kitchen but it’s pretty flexible. You still get a good result if you bake it a little earlier or later. If it’s hotter where you are you can get away with less time. Use my progress pictures for a guide as to how it should look at each stage and judge accordingly when it’s ready to bake.

You an extend the resting time if you need to by putting the bowl of dough in the fridge. You could probably get away with leaving it there for up to 24 to 48 hours dependent on your fridges temperature. The lower temperatures slow down the activity of the yeast which helps to delay things. If you try this though I advise keeping an eye on it the first time you do it, and baking it once it has just about doubled in size. Once you’ve done it once you’ll have a good idea of how long you can get away with leaving it.

The rosemary infused focaccia bread smell that permeates your house while this little miracle bakes is the stuff of dreams. It smells amazing! When you break into that salt and rosemary scattered crust you will find a soft and fluffy interior that is just begging you to eat it. All of it. Now.

How to serve

This rosemary focaccia is wonderful served warm from the oven or completely cooled. It makes the perfect accompaniment to soups like my Vegan Potato Soup, my Easy Tomato Basil Soup, or my Red Lentil Soup with Lemon. Or stews, pasta dishes and casseroles. It is also great used to make sandwiches (try it with my White Bean & Artichoke Sandwich Filling) and makes the most wonderful paninis.

Storage, freezing and reheating tips

This No Knead Focaccia Bread is best on the day it’s baked but leftovers can be wrapped and kept for a day or two. They are best warmed before eating though. I like to wrap them in foil then pop them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes on about 350° F. Or if you are in a hurry you can microwave for 20 or 30 seconds.

The bread also freezes well. Wrap very well and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Want more easy bread recipes?

For more great bread recipes, check out these very popular reader favourites:

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