Easy Garden Focaccia


Fresh herbs, tomatoes and colorful mini sweet peppers decorate homemade focaccia in this easy and adorable bread-making project that's perfect for the whole family.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
13 hrs 15 mins
8 slices


  • 1 ½ cups ice water

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon salt (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon instant yeast

  • 2 cups bread flour, plus more as needed

  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 9 fresh chives, halved

  • 3 yellow grape tomatoes, halved

  • 5 mini bell peppers (assorted colors), thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves

  • 15-20 small fresh basil leaves or 2 tablespoons sliced fresh basil

  • ¼ teaspoon ground sumac (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon flaky salt (Optional)


  1. Whisk water, honey, 1 teaspoon salt and yeast in a large bowl. Stir in bread flour and whole-wheat flour, scraping down the sides and mixing until the dough is combined. It should be slightly sticky but come together in a uniform ball. (If the dough is too sticky to form a ball, add 1 to 2 tablespoons bread flour.) Lightly grease a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise at room temperature until doubled in size, 12 to 18 hours.

  2. Spread 1 tablespoon oil on the bottom and up the sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Transfer the dough to the pan and, with oiled hands, gently stretch until it fills the pan and is evenly thick. (If the dough springs back or is resistant, let it rest for 10 minutes, then proceed.) Brush the dough with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Using your fingertips, make deep indentations all over the top. Let stand for 15 minutes.

  3. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 475 degrees F.

  4. Divide chive halves into clusters of three. Working horizontally, create 5 or 6 "flower stems" by laying the chive clusters on the dough with one end starting at the base of the dough. (Leave enough room between the stems to create flowers.)

  5. Place one tomato half at the top of each flower stem to serve as the center of the flower. Next, use sliced bell peppers to create flower petals going around each tomato half.

  6. Lightly press rosemary leaves vertically into the base of the dough to resemble grass. Place basil leaves around the chives, with the stem of each basil leaf connecting to a chive, to resemble flower leaves. Lastly, if desired, sprinkle sumac over the base of the dough slightly above and over the rosemary leaves, to resemble dirt, and sprinkle flaky salt over the whole pan of dough.

  7. Bake the focaccia on the lower rack until the bottom is golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to the top rack and bake until golden brown and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped, about 5 minutes more. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before slicing. (The focaccia is best enjoyed the day it's baked.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
5g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 1684IU 34%
Vitamin C 62mg 69%
Folate 138mcg 34%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 38mg 9%
Potassium 220mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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