Focaccia is a delicious and versatile Italian bread that is perfect for any occasion. This recipe for sourdough rosemary garlic focaccia adds a unique and flavorful twist to the traditional recipe, making it an irresistible treat for any bread lover. The addition of rosemary and garlic elevates the taste of the bread and gives it a savory and aromatic flavor that pairs well with olive oil, cheese, or any toppings of your choice.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sourdough starter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for topping
- 1 cup warm water
- cornmeal, for dusting
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sourdough starter, salt, and sugar. Mix until well combined.
- Add the rosemary, garlic, and 1/2 cup of olive oil to the bowl and mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Gradually add the warm water to the bowl and stir until the dough comes together.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 6-8 hours or until it has doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and dust a baking sheet with cornmeal.
- Gently stretch and shape the dough into a rectangular shape and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
- Use your fingers to create dimples in the dough and drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top.
- Bake the focaccia for 20-25 minutes, or until it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
- Remove the focaccia from the oven and let it cool slightly before slicing and serving.
The savory taste of the rosemary and garlic will pair well with the tangy sourdough base. The texture of the bread will be soft on the inside with a crispy crust. The additional olive oil on top will add more flavor and richness to the bread, making it even more delicious. Enjoy your homemade sourdough rosemary garlic focaccia as is or with a side of cheese or as a sandwich bread.