Sourdough Focaccia with Rosemary and Parmesan

slices of sourdough focaccia bread stack on top of each other next to rosemary and parmesan

This sourdough focaccia is extremely moist & fluffy with the right crust! Flavored with rosemary, garlic oil, and parmesan for the last word focaccia bread!

slices of sourdough focaccia bread stack on top of each other next to rosemary and parmesan

This sourdough focaccia is the perfect model of focaccia I’ve ever tasted! It’s a tried and true recipe handed down from an expert baker skilled in working with wild yeast and fermented dough. This baker additionally occurs to be in my household, who’s now retired however passing down her recipes to me one after the other. Yes I’m very fortunate!

Why you may love this recipe

  • This sourdough focaccia is extraordinarily tender, fluffy, and moist! It has a fragile crumb with a refined chewiness that is satisfying to chew by way of!
  • It’s flavored with rosemary, garlic oil, and parmesan cheese! The excellent savory snack or appetizer. You may even make sandwiches with this!
  • The addition of poolish and sourdough starter give his rosemary focaccia a posh taste and texture that you just will not discover with recipes utilizing simply retailer purchased yeast! It will certainly be price your time taking this further step.

Ingredients you may want

  • Sourdough starter – feed your starter the day earlier than and 4 – 6 hours earlier than beginning the recipe. You wish to use it when it is most lively. In my case, I exploit it when it is two to a few instances the quantity.
  • Poolish – it is a kind of pre-ferment that provides advanced taste to your focaccia. Make this 12 hours earlier than utilizing.
  • Barley malt syrup – a thick, candy syrup produced from grains that acts as meals for the yeast within the dough. Substitute with molasses or honey.
  • Olive oil – provides richness and taste
  • Dried rosemary – a beautiful herb to make use of in sourdough focaccia. You can use any dried herb you need.


  • Rosemary – use contemporary or dried rosemary on high
  • Parmesan cheese – Use freshly grated parmesan cheese for the perfect taste.
  • Garlic – evenly simmer with olive oil to make a garlic oil to brush on high of the focaccia as soon as it comes out of the oven.
  • Onions – slice thinly and they will roast on high of the focaccia bread and flip golden brown.

Step by step directions

  1. Make certain your starter and poolish is at its most lively stage earlier than beginning. I make my poolish 12 hours earlier than utilizing it and feed my sourdough starter 4 – 6 hours earlier than use. If you discover that your starter and poolish are previous their peak rise however aren’t prepared to begin the recipe, you possibly can maintain it within the fridge to decelerate the fermentation.
  2. Add all of the elements apart from the olive oil and rosemary to a stand mixer and combine on low with a dough hook till the flour is integrated.
  1. Add the olive oil and combine on excessive till you get correctly gluten growth.
  1. Test for gluten growth as soon as the dough pulls away from the blending bowl and just isn’t longer sticky. In the picture beneath, the dough could be very moist and simply sticks to my fingers when stretching it between my arms. It’s not prepared but.
  1. Below is a photograph of the dough after mixing on excessive for two to three extra minutes. You can see that the dough is smoother, sticks to my arms much less, and I’m capable of stretch it thinly between my arms till it seem translucent.This is known as the ‘windowpane’ take a look at. Once it reaches this stage of gluten growth, gently combine within the dried rosemary and take it out of the mixer. Next switch it to a transparent, oiled bowl or container.
  1. Oiling the within of the glass bowl prevents the dough from sticking to it. It’s additionally simple to see how proofed the dough is since you possibly can see the bubbles on the facet. Transfer this to a proofer or any heat, humid place and let it proof for 1 hour or till you see small bubbles lengthy the facet of the bowl. This is known as bulk fermentation, main fermentation, or first proof.
  1. Grease the within of the baking pan with olive oil and then switch the proofed focaccia dough to the baking pan.
  1. Spread the dough flat and push it into the corners of the pan. Make certain the dough is a good width for even baking.
  1. Let it proof for 30 extra minutes or till it nearly doubles in dimension. This step is known as proofing or remaining fermentation.
  1. While the focaccia dough is present process its remaining fermentation, put together the toppings of rosemary, grated parmesan cheese, and the garlic oil.
  2. Heat the minced garlic and olive oil in a small saucepan and let it simmer till the garlic turns a lightweight brown. Turn off the warmth. This shall be brushed on high of the focaccia bread proper when it comes out of the oven.
  1. Gently place the sliced onion, parmesan cheese, and rosemary on high of the focaccia dough and bake it in a 420 diploma F preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  1. If you might have a convection oven, activate the fan over the past 5 minutes of baking to get a golden brown crust and additional brown the sliced onions and cheese.
  1. As quickly because the sourdough focaccia comes out of the oven, brush it with the garlic oil we made earlier.

This creates a pleasant sheen on high of the rosemary focaccia and imparts a beautiful garlic taste and aroma!

  1. Transfer over the focaccia bread onto a wire rack to chill which can assist stop steaming within the pan. Slice and serve probably the most scrumptious sourdough focaccia with rosemary and garlic oil!

Expert suggestions and methods

  • Use an excellent high quality olive oil for this recipe
  • Make certain your sourdough starter and poolish are at their peak once you use it within the recipe. This ensures that you will get most rise out of your dough.
  • Based on my expertise with my starter, it peaks when it reaches 2.5 instances the quantity after feeding. It’s finest to get acquainted with your starter so you understand how lengthy it takes however the common rule of thumb is you need it to at the least double in quantity earlier than utilizing it in any recipe.

Variations and substitutions

  • Dried herbs – use any dried herbs you might have available. Other nice choices moreover rosemary are: oregano, thyme, parlsey, and basil.
  • Cheeses – if you do not have parmesan, strive asiago, pecorino, or manchego cheese. Adjust the quantities based mostly on the salinity of the cheeses.
  • Toppings – as a substitute of sliced onions, strive leeks, shallots, chives, or every other greens within the allium household. You also can add slices of contemporary tomatoes or olives to this focaccia.

Frequently requested questions

How do I retailer sourdough focaccia?

The finest option to retailer leftovers is to pre-slice them, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, and then retailer them inside air-tight containers or ziplock baggage. This prevents them from getting stale and freezer burn. They style wonderful when toasted within the oven at 350 levels F. This is my most well-liked option to retailer and reheat any kind of bread.

What are methods to make use of leftovers?

Make it right into a sandwich. Focaccia makes glorious sandwich bread and goes effectively with any fillings!

Sourdough Focaccia with Rosemary and Parmesan

This sourdough focaccia is extremely moist & fluffy with the right crust! Flavored with rosemary, parmesan cheese, and thinly sliced onions for the last word focaccia bread!

Prep Time 4 hours

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Course Appetizer

Cuisine American, French, Italian


Prepare your starter and poolish

  • Mix collectively the poolish elements in a big container and let it sit at room temperature for 12 to 14 hours earlier than making the focaccia. It ought to enhance in quantity and present bubbles on the floor. Also feed your starter a number of hours earlier than beginning this recipe in order that it is at its peak and you might have sufficient to measure out 100g. General rule is to have your starter and poolish double in quantity, if no more. You could must plan forward so to begin at your required time.
  • Note: I often make my poolish 12 hours earlier than utilizing it and feed my starter about 4 – 6 hours earlier than use. This relies on my expertise with my starter and the ambient temperature of my kitchen, which hovers round 74 levels F. You might have to regulate your instances based mostly in your ambient temperature and how briskly your starter rises. You can velocity this up or sluggish it down by altering the encircling temperature.

Bulk Fermentation and Proofing (additionally known as Primary and Secondary Fermentation)

✎ Recipe Notes

Proofing: If you do not have a proofer, you possibly can go away the dough coated in a heat, humid place out of direct daylight. Some strategies: 

  1. Use an oven: Place the dough on the highest rack of your oven and an empty pan on the underside rack. Pour boiling water midway up the pan on the underside rack and maintain the oven door closed. This will create sufficient warmth and humidity to proof the dough. You also can go away the oven gentle on when you want extra warmth.
  2. Use an insulated cooler or icebox: Add about 1 inch of sizzling water to an insulated cooler and place the dough inside on high of a container to maintain it away from the recent water. This will create a heat, moist setting much like a proofer. This is my most well-liked option to proof bread at house.

Storing leftovers: Store in an hermetic container and maintain within the fridge for as much as two days. Any longer, and I like to recommend pre-slicing the dough and freezing it. Warm up the slices by toasting them within the oven at 350 levels F till warmed by way of. 
Serving quantity: This recipe makes sufficient for one 9 x 13 inch pan. 


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg