Easy Focaccia Casserole Bread


Serve this homemade Italian focaccia bread recipe with your favorite pasta entree or salad appetizer. Don't forget a side of olive oil topped with crushed red pepper and Romano cheese for the ultimate dunking experience.

Easy Focaccia Casserole Bread
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Rise Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 package fast-rising active dry yeast

  • 1 cup lukewarm water (120°F to 130°F)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed

  • Grated Romano cheese (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon sliced green onion (1) (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon Kalamata olives, quartered lengthwise (optional)


  1. Grease a 1 1/2-quart casserole well; set aside. In a medium bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast. Add the water, egg, sugar, the 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour (batter will be stiff).

  2. Spoon batter into the prepared casserole. Brush top with additional olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. If desired, sprinkle with cheese, green onion, and olives. Cover; let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (25 to 30 minutes).

  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from casserole; cool completely on a wire rack.

To Make Ahead:

Place cooled bread in a resealable plastic bag; seal. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw bread, if frozen. To reheat, place bread on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
3g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 51mg 1%
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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