Black Olive Foccacia

Foccacia is essentially a large slab of bread baked with lots of savoury Mediterranean flavours both in and out of the dough. Herbs, cheese, olives. Tasty.



1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons yeast
3 cups all purpose or bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
24 calamata style black olives, pitted


Pour the water into the bowl of a stand up mixer fitted with a dough hook and sprinkle in the yeast.  Add 1 cup of the flour and the sugar then stir to combine.  Let rest for ten minutes or so, until the yeast activates and bubbles appear on surface.  

Add the rest of the flour, salt, olive oil, pepper, thyme and olives and mix well until dough begins to form a ball.  Continue kneading for a few minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a large, oiled bowl, cover with a towel, and rest in a warm place until the dough doubles, about 1 hour.

Lightly oil your hands then knock down the dough, pressing the air out of it.  Knead a few times and then place dough onto an oiled baking sheet.   Pull and press dough across pan until if forms a large, flattened circle and vigorously poke dimples into it with your fingertips.  Drizzle with olive oil, coarse salt and pepper and let rise a second time until it doubles again, about 30 minutes.  

While you wait preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place in oven and bake until it has formed a golden crust, but is still soft in the centre, about 10-15 minutes.


  1. Dee said: On Aug 16, 2013

    Well! I really wish i had gotten this recipe here instead of on foodnetwork where it stated to bake at 450 for 40 minutes and it BURNED. NO THANK YOU CHEF MICHAEL!

  2. Colleen said: On Jul 28, 2012

    Great recipe, made it twice now with my own variations. Even made it into bun size for freezing & using for sandwiches. But there’s no way this takes 40 minutes in a 450 oven, the smoke alarm will go off long before then. 10 minutes and it’s done perfectly.

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