Skillet Focaccia Bread with herbs and Parmesan is fragrant and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. It's ideal for a first-time bread baker.
This focaccia bread will have your mouth watering as it bakes and aromas of yeast, herbs and parmesan fill your house. It's the easiest yeast bread we've ever made, and it comes together more quickly than any we've made.
Skillet Focaccia Bread is super versatile
We love parmesan, and have included it in the bread dough and sprinkled a little additional on top. But, if you're not a fan, feel free to leave the parmesan out, and off.
As far as herbs go, use what you like and what you have. We always have fresh rosemary growing in the yard, so we've sprinkled the top of our bread with rosemary, and used a blend of Italian seasonings in the bread itself.
But again, versatility is the middle name of this focaccia bread, so leave the herbs out, or add your personal favorites.
It really is quick and easy
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I used my stand mixer, so there's no kneading. If you don't have one, I highly recommend them. This link takes you to a full page of choices on Amazon, and all are rated 4 star or above. If you knead by hand, it should take only about 5-7 minutes.
This Skillet Focaccia rises for about 20 minutes in a warm oven. I've used regular yeast and the rapid rise type, and had equal success with both.
There is no second rise time as in lots of bread recipes. This photo shows it after the rise in the warm oven, brushing with butter, and sprinkling with parmesan and rosemary.
What to serve with Skillet Focaccia Bread
Oh my goodness, it's really so good all you need is a glass of wine and a little cheese. I could fill up eating it that way, but I know I shouldn't. It is our top recommendation to go with Italian Sausage Soup (southern style). Here are some other ideas:
- Make a sandwich with your focaccia bread
- Serve it with soup or stews
- It's outstanding with pasta, or any dish with an Italian twist
- Make a plate of antipasto bites like proscuitto, olives, nuts and cheeses and wedges of crispy focaccia
- This delicious Greek Salmon
- One of our favorite ways to enjoy it is with a little dish of good quality extra virgin olive oil for dipping; flavor the oil any way you like such as a dab of pesto, freshly ground black pepper, dried herbs and/or some red pepper flakes
- It goes perfectly with a nice salad
Cast Iron Skillets give Focaccia the crispy edges
What? No iron skillet? If you've been around here long you know we love ours and cook in them often. Hot Fudge Pudding Cake and Savory Dutch Baby are two of our recipes that just wouldn't be the same in another pan.
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If you'd like to order your own this link will take you to a page of choices on Amazon - and again they're all rated four star or above.
Cast Iron Focaccia Bread
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
- Dissolve sugar in warm water. Add yeast and stir until dissolved and let sit 3-4 minutes.
- Add flour (using only 1-¾ cup if kneading by hand), olive oil, salt, Italian seasoning, 2 Tablespoons parmesan.
- Mix on low speed with stand mixer, fitted with dough hook until well mixed and then move to medium speed.
- Mix (or knead by hand on surface floured with additional ¼ cup flour) until dough pulls away from sides of bowl and forms a ball.
- Pat dough to cover bottom of 10 inch iron skillet which has been coated in olive oil.
- Turn oven off and place skillet in oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, turning the temperature up to preheat to 375 degrees for convection, or 400 for traditional oven.
- Brush with additional 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Make indentations on surface with fingertip and then sprinkle with additional 1 Tablespoon of Parmesan. Sprinkle with additional herbs if desired.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. If desired, sprinkle with coarse kosher or sea salt and brush with additional olive oil.
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Love y'all, and see you next time,