Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary

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3 hours 15 minutes
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Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary is easy to make and will rival any focaccia from an Italian bakery!

Photo of Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary on wood breadboard.

Yes, it’s still spring!  I know with Memorial Day, we had the “unofficial” start of summer, but summer really doesn’t start until almost mid-to-late June.  We’ve got a few more weeks to go, so let’s continue to celebrate spring!  After all, it snowed in some part of the country just last week!

Actually, this Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary is great anytime!

Truth be told, I’m not a big bread baker.  However, focaccia is one of my favorite things to make!  It’s similar to a nice, “poofy” pizza crust and I LOVE to make pizza crust!

How to make Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary:

  • Combine flour, yeast, olive oil and salt in a bowl.
  • Knead until the dough is soft and springs back to the touch.
  • Place in an oiled bowl to rise….

Photo of focaccia dough in stoneware bowl before rising.

  • Let it rise, baby.  Let it rise like an Easter morning!

Photo of risen focaccia dough in stoneware bowl.

  • Cut the dough into four even pieces then roll into small circles of dough.

Photo of focaccia dough divided into four individual circles on parchment paper.

  • Combine artichoke hearts with fresh rosemary, garlic, olive oil and salt.

Photo of artichoke combination in glass mixing bowl.

  • Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over the dough along with making a few indentations for the olive oil and seasonings to fall into.
  • Spread the artichoke combination over the circles of dough and gently press it in.  You want to press it in slightly because when it bakes, the focaccia really comes to life and pushes the artichoke heart combination up and out.
  • Let the dough rest again so that it rises back up.

Photo of individual focaccia loaves with artichoke mixture placed on top.

  • Bake!

Photo of baked Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary on baking sheet.

  • Baby!  Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary for the win!

Photo of Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary on wooden breadboard.

  • Sprinkle some great coarse sea salt over the focaccia and serve with an amazing fruity olive oil or other flavored olive oil blend!  Mwaaaahhh!

And with that, let’s get this progressive dinner party rolling!

Photo of four individual loaves of Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary on wooden breadboard with knife and garnished with fresh rosemary and coarse salt.

For more great recipes that feature artichokes, be sure to try my:

Artichoke Foccacia with Rosemary - Overhead close-up shot of foccacia on wood breadboard

Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Artichoke Focaccia with Rosemary is easy to make and will rival any focaccia from an Italian baker! Great for dipping into a fruity extra-virgin olive oil!
Prep Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Breads and Muffins
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 633 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour - divided
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil - divided
  • 1 package fast-acting yeast - (also called rapid-rise)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt - plus more as needed
  • 1 bag (12-ounce) frozen artichoke hearts - thawed and patted dry of excess moisture
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Good extra-virgin olive oil for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle the cornmeal over the parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place 2 1/2 cups flour in a large mixing bowl. Make a well.
  • Pour water and 2 tablespoons oil into well. Sprinkle yeast and salt over the water.
  • Stir dough together with a spoon. (Dough will be ragged.)
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Add 1/4 cup flour.
  • Knead dough for 6-8 minutes, adding very small amounts of flour as needed or until dough is smooth, soft and springs back from the touch.
  • Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into the mixing bowl and place dough in bowl. Turn dough so that it's covered with oil.
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm place to rise for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, prepare artichoke combination: Combine artichoke hearts, rosemary, garlic, 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt to taste in a bowl. Set aside.
  • When the dough has doubled in size, cut the dough into four even pieces.
  • On a floured surface, roll each piece into a 6 to 7-inch circle and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Create a few "dimples" with your finger.
  • Sprinkle each circle evenly with Parmesan cheese.
  • Place even amounts of the artichoke combination on each of the circles, gently pressing it into the dough.
  • Cover with the towel and let rise again another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Serve, dipped in good extra-virgin olive oil or other seasoned olive oil.

Notes

TO KNEAD USING A MIXER: Combine flour, water, yeast, olive oil and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix on low speed, adding small amounts of flour as needed until dough comes together. Form into a ball with your hands.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 633kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 5mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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25 Comments

    1. Hi, Lori, Thanks so much! Breadmaking really is relaxing and therapeutic! I really should do it more often because I always enjoy it. Thanks again!

  1. Focaccia is one of my favorite types of bread. You won’t mind if I eat all 4 loaves myself, will you :)? If necessary I’ll share, but only with one other person, because I’m going to nibble on this bread (with a glass of wine by my side), until there isn’t a crumb left.

    1. Thanks, Sarah! This recipe is easy enough to do at night especially when using the quick-rise yeast. Thanks again and hope you enjoy!

  2. What a glorious focaccia! I am with you on the making of breads – I rarely make bread except for pizza and an occasional focaccia. This is one I must remember to make! BTW, your photos are stunning!

  3. I remember the first time I had focaccia bread at a restaurant; I was online as soon as I got home sourcing a recipe…I have ALWAYS loved it!

    I use artichoke hearts for my favorite pizza and love rosemary so for me, this is pretty perfect, wish I had a round (or two!) now.

  4. Wow – you have me believing I can do this! I’ve always wanted to make focaccia. Thanks for a great recipe and even better instructions.

  5. I love focaccia and this version looks outstanding! I love the flavors and textures – fantastic idea and guidance to help everyone make their own!

  6. 5 stars
    Your focaccia looks so soft and tender! I can never pass up any dish that includes artichoke hearts—love your topping combo!