Rustic Grape and Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Grape and Rosemary Focaccia Bread, a most delicious homemade Italian bread that can be enjoyed as a side dish or just on its own. It’s a lot easier to make than you think, and a lot tastier than any store-bought version.

A slice of focaccia with rosemary and a grape, and more focaccia bread in the background

Making bread is certainly an art. Good old days when we used to consume only freshly-baked homemade bread.

I know it’s easier to buy the ready-made one, but, although there’s an abundance of choices out there, the quality is rather poor. And I can’t even say cheap price either.

This traditional Italian bread is one of its kind. Baked to perfection, with olive oil being a key ingredient, and the rosemary bringing so much flavour, it’s hard to have only one piece.

I was nearly in a carbs coma after eating way too much focaccia today, although I did enjoy every single mouthful. Back to my low-carb resolutions tomorrow, I hope.

What is focaccia?

It’s a flat Italian bread that has the texture of a pizza dough. It’s beautifully fragrant, with rosemary being one of the most popular herb choice.

Other common toppings, apart from grapes, are thyme, olives, cherry tomatoes, garlic, potatoes, and so on.

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make grape and rosemary focaccia bread

How do you make traditional focaccia bread?

My recipe is well simplified, and only requires one proofing, rather than 2, which tends to be more common. It’s also fairly less kneading, although some effort does go into it.

Unless you throw the dough in a kithchen aid and leave the machine do all the work.

There is something about kneading the dough by hand though, I find it relaxing, and most therapeutical, so I always choose this way.

The main ingredients for making focaccia are:

  • strong white bread flour
  • yeast
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • water
  • rosemary & grapes

Now, my recipe uses extra olive oil and water as a finishing touch before being baked. It’s not a very common technique, but it works wonders, so I highly recommend this step.

Overhead view of a focaccia topped with rosemary and grapes

First, sift the flour, add the yeast, salt and warm water, and knead well into a dough. Add more flour if necessary, we need a non-stick dough that is nicely stretched.

Shape it into a dough, then stretch it over your baking tray, brush with a bit of olive oil, cover with a clean towel, and leave to proof for 2 hours.

It will double its size, and fill the tray nicely.

Now, at this stage most recipes call for working the dough again to let the air out, and leave to rise again. I totally skipped that part, and left the dough as it was.

All you need to do is use a finger to poke the dough in several places, add the rosemary and grapes cut in half, drizzle over the water and olive oil, then bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Easy!

It’s absolutely amazing, baked so beautifully, and it smells like heaven. If you like homemade bread, how about some Easy No-Yeast Yogurt Flatbread? Or some Soda Bread (No Yeast)?

Overhead view of 2 small pieces of focaccia bread, and a larger piece of bread

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Rustic Grape and Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Proofing Time
2 hrs
Total Time
25 mins
 

Grape and Rosemary Focaccia Bread, a most delicious homemade Italian bread that can be enjoyed as a side dish or just on its own. It's a lot easier to make than you think, and a lot tastier than any store-bought version.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: homemade bread
Servings: 1 bread
Calories: 1708 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 325 g strong white bread flour
  • 1 tsp dried fast-action yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 280 ml warm water
  • a few rosemary sprigs
  • a handful of grapes
to finish:
  • 30 ml warm water
  • 30 ml olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, add the yeast, salt, water and oil, and knead well into a dough for at least 5 minutes.

  2. Add more flour if necessary, until the dough no longer sticks to the hands and is stretchy.

  3. Brush with olive oil, cover with a clean towel, and leave to proof for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.

  4. Use a finger to poke the dough in several places, add small rosemary sprigs to each hole and half a grape.

  5. Mix the warm water with oil, and drizzle it over the dough.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven at 220 degrees Celsius (430 Fahrenheit) for 15 minutes or until golden.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Rustic Grape and Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1708 Calories from Fat 549
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 61g 94%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Sodium 2350mg 98%
Potassium 385mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 249g 83%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Protein 35g 70%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 83.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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12 Comments

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    Bespoke Traveler
    January 25, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    So happy you had a proper getaway from the world for a little bit. Your delicious looking bread is a warm welcome back.

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    Silvia
    January 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Arata nemaipomenit 🙂 Voi face din nou focaccia, nu ma pot satura cat de buna este painea asta.

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    Mila
    February 9, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I can imagine how it’s wonderful to stay at home, bake this aromatic bread and then enjoy it, when outside such snowy but beautiful view! 🙂
    Focaccia looks really incredibly delicious, Daniela! 🙂

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    Eli
    February 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Oh my, homemade focaccia!! Drooling…

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    Roslia santamaria
    April 5, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing post!!!

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