Easy, fresh homemade rose garden herbed foccacia with tomato, onions, rosemary, garlic and other herbs beautifully assembled to look like a rose garden!
Focaccia bread is one the most simple breads to put together, and the whole family loves to get together and make gardens out of focaccia toppings. This base bread recipe is soft, fluffy, full of garlic flavor and is perfect as a side dish or appetizer.
What is focaccia
Focaccia (pronounced “fuh-KA-cha”) is a type of yeast bread, originated in Italy.
What you’ll need to make basic focaccia
- unbleached all-purpose flour
- active dry yeast
- kosher salt
- warm water
- warm milk
- olive oil
Can I make this recipe vegan?
This recipe can easily be vegan if you replace the cup of milk with an additional cup of water, and add 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Why this easy rosemary focaccia bread recipe?
This dough is pillow-y soft and so satisfying! And the toppings come together so beautifully to create not only a truly delicious and satisfying bread. But also one that’s gorgeous and fun for the entire family to create. I love to cup up our toppings and let my children create their own version of a focaccia garden.
The best Rose garden herbed foccacia:
- Onions – onions make great flowers in focaccia art
- Tomatoes – use tomatoes to make roses or any red flower !
- Rosemary, sage, parsley, oregano – not only do herbs add so much flavor, they also make excellent “grass” or greenery, like stems in your focaccia art!
- Course sea salt – to taste
- Peppers – thinly sliced bell peppers, sliced in half make perfect butterfly wings
Garden focaccia trend
Surely you have seen some variation of garden or botanical focaccia gracing your social media feeds at some point over the last year (2020). Baking bread at home became a relaxing and satisfying way to spend our time. And we can’t forget the comfort is smelling, experiencing, slicing and eating a fresh loaf of bread. Garden focaccia became particular popular due to:
- how simple and fool proof it is to assemble
- how it can be made with simple, pantry staple ingredients
- it gives us and our families a nourishing, creative outlet
Storing and Using Leftover Focaccia
Ideally, fresh focaccia should be eaten the day it is made. If you end up with leftovers, wrap it in beeswax wrap and store at air temperature for 1-3 days.
Foccacia sandwich ideas
Thanks to how thick focaccia bread is, it makes a wonderful sandwich bread. Here are some ideas for using this loaf as sandwich bread
- Pesto and mozzarella
- Roasted pepper, mushrooms and onion
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How to make Rose garden herbed foccacia
- 4 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons dried garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F (43 degrees C))
- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F (43 degrees C))
- ¼ cup olive oil
- tomatoes, sliced for "roses"
- onions, sliced for "flowers"
- parsley for "stems"
- flaked sea salt to taste
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, rosemary, and salt in Add warm water, warm milk, and 1/4 cup oil; mix or beat until well combined.
Mix in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft and sticky dough is formed.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, drizzle the sides with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and cover loosely with a tea cloth. Let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Oil an 11x17-inch baking sheet.
Turn the dough out onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently spread and flatten dough to fit the entire sheet. Press your fingers into the dough to make light dimples over the entire surface. Press in your garlic. Let rest, uncovered, at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Decorate dough by arranging the toppings as desired, and gently pressing down.
Brush a thin layer of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with salt.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue to bake until golden and bread springs back when gently pressed, about 20 more minutes.
Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then carefully slip out onto a cooling rack. Cool and serve at room temperature.
There are dozens of different and delicious toppings with which to accessorize your dough, get creative!
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 231Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 6g