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Simple Sourdough Focaccia Bread Recipe

Follow this recipe to make your own fluffy, moist, lightly-oiled, golden loaf of homemade sourdough focaccia bread. Top it off with your favorite toppings, like olives, artichoke hearts, garlic, herbs, and more! You'll need an established sourdough starter for this recipe, which is what will give the bread rise - using natural yeasts and beneficial bacteria. If you don't have a sourdough starter yet, it is easy to make your own from scratch. See our instructions to do so at https://homesteadandchill.com/make-your-own-sourdough-starter/
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Ferment & Proofing Time (up to)16 hrs
Keyword: Focaccia Bread, Sourdough, Sourdough Bread, Sourdough Focaccia
Servings: 1 pan of focaccia

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Kitchen scale
  • Baking pan (either a deep-sided pan approximately 9 x 13", or a larger shallow standard cookie sheet pan, around 18 x 26")
  • Dough scraper (optional)
  • Tea towel, or other lint-free towel for cover

Ingredients

  • 160 grams active sourdough starter
  • 450 grams total flour - we use 400 grams of white all-purpose flour, and 50 grams whole wheat
  • 350-400 grams filtered water (about 1.5 cups)
  • 9 grams salt - sea salt, kosher salt, or Himalayan salt is preferred over iodized table salt (in the dough mixture) plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (in the dough mixture) plus more for drizzling on top
  • Toppings of choice: olives, chopped fresh herbs, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic, grated cheese, etc.

Instructions

  • Before making the dough, be sure to feed your sourdough starter at least twice, allowing it to reach peak activity level.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk the called-for active starter, lukewarm filtered water, olive oil, and salt together. Start on the lower end of the water range, and add more after adding flour if needed to achieve desired dough texture
  • Add the called-for flour to the mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Note that focaccia dough is slightly more wet than typical sourdough bread dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a cloth and allow to sit (bulk ferment) at room temperature (70-75 degrees is optimal) for about 4 hours, or until it has risen and doubled in size.
  • During the first two hours of bulk ferment, perform 3 to 4 sets of “stretch and fold” every 30 minutes. Then allow the dough to sit undisturbed for the final 2 hours.
  • Once the dough doubles from its original size, transfer into a well-oiled baking pan/sheet.
  • Using wet or oiled hands, gently push and pull the dough into the corners of the pan (or to spread out some on your shallow baking sheet), but it will spring back and resist. Encourage it, but don't force it. It will continue to spread on its own with time.
  • If baking the same day, allow the dough to rise at room temperature (about 2 more hours) until it doubles in size again before next step. OR proof in the refrigerator overnight. If proofing overnight, allow the dough to warm up at room temperature for a couple of hours the following day and doubles in size before the next step.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Using wet or oiled hands, press your fingers into the dough repeatedly in many places (all the way to the bottom of the pan) until the dough is dimpled and bubbly.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the top of the dough, sprinkle with coarse salt, and add toppings if desired. (You can also drizzle oil over the top first, and then dimple it with your fingers)
  • Bake at 450 degrees F for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Once the bread has finished baking, allow the bread to cool for a few minutes inside the pan before transferring it onto a cooling rack.
  • Serve and enjoy warm, or use it within 2 days for optimal freshness.
  • Store in an air-tight container or covered in plastic wrap, and re-heat on 375F for 10 minutes if desired.

Notes

  1. Baking times may vary slightly depending on your oven. 
  2. Check the bread about halfway through. If the top seems like it is browning too much too quickly, try putting an empty baking sheet on an empty oven rack above the sourdough focaccia loaf. This will help to deflect some of the heat and prevent burning the top.