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No-Knead Focaccia

Who said making homemade bread had to be difficult? This minimal-effort focaccia involves no kneading, and it truly is exceptional. This is an absolute keeper.

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No-Knead Focaccia

PREP TIME
5 minutes + 1 hour for starter
COOK TIME
1 hour 30 minutes + overnight rising
SERVES
Makes: one 20x30cm
Ingredients

3 cups plain flour or tipo 00 flour 

1 tsp sea salt 

320ml warm water 

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle 

Sea salt 

¼ cup crispy fried shallots 

1 tsp chilli flakes (optional) 

 

Yeast starter: 

¼ cup semolina 

½ tsp instant dry yeast 

80ml warm water

Steps
  • Step 1

    To make the yeast starter, combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and set aside for 1 hour or until thick and foamy.

  • Step 2

    Combine the flour and salt in a very large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the semolina mixture, 320ml water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Use a wooden spoon to stir to combine. Drizzle with a little extra oil. Cover and set aside overnight to rise. 

  • Step 3

    Use a spatula to slide under the dough reaching halfway and pull the dough up over itself. Repeat, turning the bowl 4 more times. 

  • Step 4

    Line a 20 x 30cm baking tray with baking paper. Drizzle over about a tablespoon of olive oil. Brush to cover the base. Scrape the dough gently into the prepared pan. Use lightly oiled fingers to press gently into the pan until it resists. Set aside for 1 hour, covered, gently pressing the dough to reach the corners of the pan every so often. 

  • Step 5

    Preheat oven to 230°C/450°F. 

    Use oiled fingertips to press deep holes into the dough. Whisk together 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of water. Pour over the dough. Sprinkle with sea salt, crispy shallots and chilli flakes, if using. Bake for 15-20 mins or until the bread is golden and sounds hollow when you tap it.

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Sandra
January 17, 2024

Perfection

Loved it! Also fried up thinly sliced shallots till crispy, it worked well. The bread was perfect inside, so very tender. Will use more red pepper flakes next time. The crust was lovely, I needed to bake it longer as it was taking a while to brown, my oven rack may have been one level too

high. But a beautiful result, thanks for great recipe and technique.

Lillie
August 15, 2022

Focaccia bread

I’ve made this numerous times and for mine, I sautee chopped onions in butter until they’re soft then sprinkle them all over the top and add sea salt. It’s fantastic.

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