Bread Machine Focaccia Bread

I adore Focaccia bread.  The kind with lots of yummy garlic, rosemary and Parmesan cheese.  Yum!  I make the dough for this bread in my bread machine…really one of the best inventions ever.  I love the results without all the work.  Are you one of those people that has a bread machine and yet never uses it?  In my line of work I happen to see a lot of bread machines collecting dust in kitchens and in thrift stores.  Why is that?  It’s so easy to use, I promise you won’t even break a sweat.  Why not bring those bread machines out of hiding and give this delicious bread a try.

Bread Machine Focaccia Bread

1 1/2 cups water, 8o-90 degrees F (27-32 degrees C)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons of salt
4 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons yeast, active dry, instant or bread machine

Place all ingredients, in the order listed, in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle.  Place the bread pan in the maker.  Select Dough/Pizza Dough setting and dough size (large-2 pounds).  Press start to mix, knead and rise.  When cycle is completed remove dough from pan, punch to deflate and let rest 10 minutes before continuing.

Brush a pizza pan with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal (cornmeal is optional). After dough has rested, place on pizza pan and spread out with hands to fit pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until about doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (235 degrees C).

Ingredients for topping:
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 teaspoons garlic salt (depending on taste)
1-2 teaspoons dried rosemary (crushed between fingers)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

With oiled fingertips, press indentations into the dough all over about 1/2 inch deep. Brush dough with olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with remaining ingredients. Place in preheated oven and bake until golden and puffed with a crispy crust, about 10-15 minutes.


Related post:

Pizza Dough Recipe for the Bread Machine

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37 Responses to Bread Machine Focaccia Bread

  1. 1
    Heather H says

    or another good idea is to give your bread machine to someone who WILL use it….u u u my hand is up!!

    • 1.1
      Janna says

      I got a bread machine from my friend JUST to make dough. Have made this recipe 5x now. LOVE IT. I use garlic salt for the salt in recipe, gives it more flavor. And sprinkle some on top before baking as well as topping it with shredded cheese.

  2. 2
    Ginny says

    I’m going to have to give this recipe a try. I have a recipe for focaccia bread that starts with frozen bread dough, but it is so elastic that it springs back as you try to roll it out and I end up using a lot of energy and hurting my arms whenever I make it. My son-in-law loves that bread, so maybe I can start with this dough and use the same toppings as the original recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 4
    Verena says

    So……..from start to finish, approximately how long does this bread take to make? And, does this recipe make enough for one pan?

    • 4.1
      Laura says

      Dough takes approx two hours to do it’s thing in the bread machine. And yes the bread in my picture is from one batch of dough.

    • 4.2
      Janna says

      In my machine dough takes like 15 min, then turn out into oiled bowl to rise like another 15. Then put on my Pampered chef lg pizza stone, poke the holes in top and spread around. Prob an hour total. And makes a Large size.
      Hope this helped

  4. 5
    Beth says

    How much water should be used?

    • 5.1
      Laura says

      Sorry Beth, it’s 1 1/2 cups.

      • Beth says

        Thank you. It’s in my bread machine now.

  5. 6
    The Mommy says

    I use my bread machine all.the.time. In fact, my mom saw how often I used mine (which she bought me for Christmas about 15 years ago) and asked for one for herself last year. She gave it to me two weeks ago…which means mine is making a trip east to my dear friend!

    So, how much water do you put into this recipe?

    • 6.1
      Laura says

      Sorry about that, it’s 1 1/2 cups.

  6. 7
    Allison says

    Ok, so I printed out this recipe today hoping to use it…but…how much water does it call for? I can’t start until I put that in and …I’m at a loss!

    • 7.1
      Laura says

      Allison I apologize for leaving that out, it’s 1 1/2 cups.

      • Allison says

        Thanks so much for the quick reply! I can’t wait to try this! 🙂

  7. 9
    Robin says

    Oh my… Now I’m salivating!

  8. 10
    Claire @ Claire K Creations says

    Yum! I’ve been looking for a focaccia recipe for my bread maker. I rescued it from my sister where it was gathering dust. I use it all the time!

    I guess this recipe would work well well with any topping you choose. Thanks!

  9. 11
    Jen says

    That looks SO GOOD. Now I need to find myself a bread machine ….


  10. 12
    Stacy says

    Just made it and it was FANTASTIC! I havent used my bread machine in years. Now I have another loaf in the machine. Thanks for a great snowy day treat!

    • 12.1
      Laura says

      Yay, that’s what I love to hear!!

  11. 13
    Susanne says

    You’re making my mouth water. I love focaccia!

  12. 15
    Emily L says

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! The Big Guy had bought me a super duper nice machine and after using it a bit, it has been in hiding! I had found it difficult to find good tasting bread for it! Your post has re-inspired me! Yippee! perfect for winter night’s and soup!

    • 15.1
      Laura says

      Let me know what you think!

  13. 16
    Lisa says

    I haven’t gotten a MPM posted for a while! I love the sound of the 40-Clove Garlic Chicken and the Greek Pork Wraps. I’ll definitely try those! I reviewed a good cookbook this week though and will be posting a few updates as I cook thru it!

  14. 17
    krimp says

    made this this evening for a soup party and got rave reviews. it came out perfect! Thanks a ton!

  15. 18
    Ricardo says

    Just baked this today and it turned out great

  16. 19
    Denise says

    Do you use bread flour or regular flour?

    • 19.1
      Laura says

      I just use regular flour.

  17. 20
    Meredith says

    What brand of bread machine do you use? I really want one but, not sure what kind to buy. Thanks!

    • 20.1
      Laura says

      I use a Cuisinart Convection Breadmaker and love it!

  18. 21
    Camille says

    Made this today! Thank you so much for the recipe. I love using my bread machine.

  19. 22
    Noelle says

    This is so so good! I love the ease of making the dough in my bread machine too. Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  20. 23
    Deborah thurman says

    All purpose or self rising flour

  21. 24
    Marjorie says

    This is a great recipe… I make it all the time now (like 2 or 3 times a month). I will never buy foccacia bread again. If I don’t have Italian seasoning, I use a combination of 1tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp thyme, and 1/4 tsp rosemary. To make it dairy-free and vegan for our friends, I have omitted the parmesan and made the topping with 1 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp salt, and 2 minced garlic cloves. I have never had this recipe fail 🙂


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