Focaccia Garlic Bread

This is my favorite bread recipe. Everyone who eats it has nothing but good things to say about this yummy bread. It does involve a bit of waiting around for the dough to rise, but that’s a good opportunity to clean up the immediate area used for prep. By the time you’re done tidying up that area, the dough’s basically good to go in the oven.


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Quattro Formaggio blend cheese (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
  2. When the dough has pulled together, knead until elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. I used the microwave oven, since it’s got a timer on it and seemed convenient enough.
  3. When there is about 7 minutes left to wait for the dough to rise, preheat oven to 450°. Punch dough down; place on a silicone-baking-lined cookie sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Sprinkle with Quattro Formaggio cheese, then sprinkle with rosemary.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cut into 2″ squares. Serve warm with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Mmm!

About Rickie

Just a girl who likes to teach kids, create designs, upcycle, peruse eateries, cook, watch / make / hear music, cuddle with her cats and a bunch of other stuff.
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