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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Follow this recipe from Southern Living for just-right focaccia bread.


1 (¼-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
1⅔ c. lukewarm water (100 to 110 degrees)
4½ c. bread flour
¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. table salt
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves, divided
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt


1. Stir together yeast and warm water in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes.

2. Add bread flour, ¼ c. oil and 1 Tbsp. table salt to yeast mixture. Beat on low speed, using paddle attachment, 10 seconds or until blended. Increase speed to medium. Beat 45 seconds or until dough is smooth. Add 1 Tbsp. rosemary. Replace paddle attachment with dough hook; increase speed to medium-high, and beat 4 minutes. (Dough will be sticky.)

3. Turn dough onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 1 minute). Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover dough with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (80 to 85 degrees), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

4. Press dough into a well greased 15-by-10-inch jelly-roll pan, pressing to about ¼-inch thickness. Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place 1 hour.

5. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Press handle of a wooden spoon into dough to make indentations at 1-inch intervals; drizzle with 3 Tbsp. oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and remaining 1 Tbsp. rosemary. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until top is light brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack, and cool 10 minutes.

Tip: Flour Etiquette

Measuring flour correctly is key for successful baking. Start by gently stirring the flour to aerate and remove clumps. Then lightly spoon it into a dry measuring cup and scrape off the excess with the back of a knife.