The focaccia of Genoa, a city in the Italian region of Liguria, is renowned for its crisp, olive oil–saturated crust and soft, puffy interior. But since we can’t all travel to Italy every time we have a craving for this popular flatbread (or make a trip to the deservedly renowned Liguria Bakery in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood), I decided to come up with relatively easy solution: make it at home!
This recipe makes one huge focaccia – perfect for a party! – which is baked in a large rimmed baking sheet. You can make it as is, with the heady scent of rosemary, or personalize it in a zillion different combinations. Swap out the herbs for fresh thyme or oregano, add chopped green onions, or even stir in some pitted and chopped black olives or caramelized onions. Once baked, you could even turn it into a pizza base with a thick swipe of tomato sauce and shredded cheese (just pop it back in the oven for about 10 minutes once you top it to warm the toppings and melt the cheese).
Make sure you use active dry yeast, which is different than instant or rapid rise; active dry needs to be proofed before using.
Recipe: Rosemary Focaccia
Makes 1 large focaccia