Focaccia Genovese Recipe

2 hours


  • 190ml of water, lukewarm
  • 20ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 7g of salt
  • 1 tsp malt extract, or sugar
  • 310g of strong bread flour
  • 6g of dried yeast, or 12g fresh yeast
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • flaky sea salt
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves picked and chopped


Take half of the water and mix with the malt (or sugar) and salt. Stir to dissolve
In a separate bowl, dissolve the yeast in the remaining water
Fold the flour into the yeasted water, then add the salted water and mix until a nice soft dough comes together
Knead for 5 minutes until you have a smooth elastic dough. Place on an oiled tray and brush the dough with oil. Leave to rest in a warm place for 1 hour
After one hour, flatten the dough using the tips of your fingers. Push the dough out to fit the tray. Lift the dough and make sure there is still oil underneath the dough as it may have absorbed it during the resting time. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and leave to rest for another 30 minutes
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Use your fingertips to create irregular dimples in the dough, drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil and chopped rosemary (if using). Sprinkle with a little water (use a spray bottle if you have one) and then bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden
Remove from the tray and leave to cool on a wire rack (or eat warm straight away)