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How to Make Focaccia | Easy Yeast Bread Recipe for Beginners

How to Make Focaccia

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This easy yeast bread recipe is perfect for beginners! You don’t even need a loaf pan because it bakes on a cookie sheet.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 pieces


2/3 cup hot water
1/3 cup instant potato flakes
1 1/2 tsp yeast
3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup warm water
2 Tb olive oil, plus 2 Tb more for the top
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
Possible toppings to mix and match:
Kosher salt
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Diced tomatoes
Sun dried tomatoes
Parmesan cheese


1.  Combine 2/3 cup hot water with potato flakes and set aside.
2. Meanwhile in mixer with a dough hook, combine yeast, 1/2 C flour and 1/2 C warm water.  Cover tightly and set aside until bubbly, about 10 minutes.  Add remaining dough ingredients, including potato.  Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.  Let dough rise until double in volume, about 1 hour.
3.  With wet hands, press dough flat into a large greased  jelly roll pan.  You can make smaller breads by dividing it in half and using two pans. Cover dough and allow to double in volume, about 45 minutes to an hour.
4.  Heat oven to 425 degrees.  With two wet fingers, dimple risen dough at regular intervals.  They should be deep to hold the olive oil and seasonings on top.  Drizzle the dough with olive oil and sprinkle desired seasonings on top. I find the more generous you are with the toppings, the better!
5.  Bake for 23-25 minutes until golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly and cut into pieces.


*You can also use one fresh potato instead of the flakes. Microwave on high until soft then scoop out the interior, mash, and use in the recipe. Eliminate the first 2/3 cup of water if using this option.

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 89 kcal
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 59 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg