Easy, No-Knead Focaccia

Focaccia - quick and easy

Guys, I know it’s not attractive, but I’m going to take a sec to throw myself a pity party.

Just real quick, then I’ll be done and move on with breathing, walking, talking, eating, finding my zen, etc.

Life currently has parked me on a tubo-speed hamster wheel.

Thing after thing after thing after thing after. . . you know the wheel.

I feel like I’m letting people down left and right, myself included.

I can think of a billion things I don’t have that I wish I did have – even though I  loathe such an attitude. Mr. Badittude insists on showing up anyway, and I’m having to punch him in the face each time he gets close enough for me to smell his breath.

My muscles are sore from swimming in the pool. Not exercise swimming. . . just play around swimming  – you know, like throwing my kids (aka treading water), etc.

My boys were wrestling at bedtime (if you are a parent, you know what kind of under-the-skin blood boiling this can evoke).

I ate Runts (yes, the same ones from October), fudge, and Wheat Thins all within 30 minutes of the last tuck-in, then poured myself a glass of Beaujolais.

I have this weird achy spot on my neck – I thought it was a mosquito bite, but now it just hurts. I probably might die – or have to amputate my neck.

Neither is a good scenario.

Sometimes my camera supremely frustrates me. (Aaaaaand my lazy back-lighting probably doesn’t help the situation. . . . )

I made this focaccia. It’s really good. It’s, “warm bread + salty butter + homemade strawberry jam schmear = a mini vacay to heaven” good.

Plus, it’s super duper easy to make.

But my camera. . . oh how I love so many things about it.

And oh, how I wish sometimes that it was fancier and schmancier.

Does anyone feel like donating me a fancy camera. A DSLR maybe?

Heh, heh. Just kidding. . . .

No, but if you really waaaaant to. . . .

Like the Cannon they sell in a nifty package at Costco?

No, no. Really. I’m joking.

Sort of.

For now, my point-and-shoot does the job, and most days she does it well.

But today – today she must be jealous of the focaccia’s chewy, sourdough-impersonating inside and designer outfit or something, because she’s not doing it justice. . .

At all.

It’s a bummer.

Because this fococcia is dang diggidy good.

Oh – and PS – tell me, please do, if you come to my pity party (Yes! Of course your are invited!), what are we eating??

Nachos? Pizza? Raw cookie dough? Caramel corn? Brownies? Doritos?

Shall we throw a virtual pity party? We can all come in our jammies and bring our favorite DVD’s. Maybe we can dye our hair and paint our toes too.

Tell me then: 1) What food are you bringing, 2) What DVD is absolutely necessary for us on this night? 3) In what color our we pedicuring ourselves?

(And yes, Danguole, I took the random question cue from you, and I expect your answers pronto.)

Oh – and the focaccia – Easy, No-Knead Fococciawe’re talking a five-minute throw together in the morning, let it sit all day, then plop it into a pan and let it sit for an hour or so, then brush it with egg white or olive oil and bake it for about 30 minutes. Easy peasy.

It’s appropriate company for jam, soup, BLT’s, salad, Nutella, olive oil and balsamic, avocado and Parmesan, ham and cheese, tomatoes and garlic, eggs and pesto, goat cheese and honey, you name it.

I bet Mom would like this with a good book and some beautiful coffee or tea in bed on Mother’s day, for quiet, alone, tea-sipping reading time. All quiet and alone-like. With tea and a book. Alone. In the quiet. Reading. . . quietly. With tea and hot buttered focaccia smothered in strawberry jam. . . .

Wait, what? Where was I just then?

Easy, No-Knead Focaccia

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 10\\\\\\\" round loaf - 12 servings

1/12 loaf


6 g

This bread is yeasty and has a chewy inside with flavor reminiscent of sourdough. It presents with the aroma, and satisfaction of a delicious home-baked bread that would require triple the hours and effort to prepare. Keep it in mind to accompany light dinners of salad and soup, as an option for a simple breakfast treat, for a snack or appetizer, and even as the vehicle for your favorite sandwiches.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ripid rise active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 2/3 cups warm water (120 - 130 degrees F)
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten - (for brushing dough if desired)
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling
  • Cooking spray (preferably olive oil) for coating pan and brushing dough if desired


In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour, yeast and salt. Add the warm water. Stir until moistened. Dough will be soft and sticky. Cover the bowl loosely, and let stand at room temperature for as few as 6 hours, as many as 24.

Spray a 10" round pan with cooking oil. Stir in remaining one cup of flour with a fork. (I have also folded it in with a spatula with equally good results).

Turn dough out into prepared pan. Spread all the way to the edges, as evenly as possible, using well oiled hands or a rubber spatula.

Cover and let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double in size.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

For a darker, more golden crust, brush dough with beaten egg white. If you prefer a softer, paler crust, brush with olive oil.

Sprinkle with coarse salt.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Transfer to a wire rack, and cool.


Sara| Home is Where The Cookies Are, adapted from Publix FamilyStyle February/March issue


13 thoughts on “Easy, No-Knead Focaccia

  1. Giiirl, you point-and-shoot? I had no idea! You do a wonderful job–seriously, impressive.

    1) What food are you bringing?
    WINE. I do believe that’s our alcohol common ground! And cheese with fresh bread someone else made (let’s be real) and fancy salumi and jam.

    2) What DVD is absolutely necessary for us on this night?
    Ummm…. I have no idea. 80s teen movies are always good for nights like this. How about Heathers? Dark and funny is my favorite combo–the orange/chocolate of movies.

    3) In what color our we pedicuring ourselves?
    I finally gave up the winter-wonderful navy for bright orange coral. Sound good?

    • Awww. Thanks. My point and shoot is a great one. I really do love it. I just get pinched by the jealous bug when I look at other peoples pics sometimes. Then I must punch myself in the face and remind me that a new camera is a want, not a need. 😉
      And yes, wine is fo sho a common ground for us!

  2. First thing’s first—That mosquito bite is probably an ingrown hair, so amputation is hopefully not necessary. Although, it could also be that pesky 2nd alien head thing that’s going around. I hear it’s viral, so you just have to let it run its course…..

    OK, to answer your questions:

    1) Food – ANYTHING YOU MAKE is comfort food for me! But, let’s see…if you’re cooking, it’d have to be Baptism Cake/Snickerdoodles and Gooey-Cake!
    If I’m cooking, I’d bring you crab-dip, jelly beans and some of Mima’s Vaca Frita!

    2) DVD – I agree with Danguole on anything from the 80s, but there is one that I never tire of watching whenever they have it on TV and it’s not from the 80s: While You Were Sleeping (Sandra Bullock). Oh, and Defending Your Life (Meryle Streep/Al Brooks). Both cute/funny….

    3) Nail Color – Definitely Hot Pink!!!

    Love you!!!

    • Oh the 80’s – definitely a genre in which I am lacking movie knowledge. How about Sixteen Candles? I’ve never seen it all the way through – of course. I HAVE seen Defending Your Life and While You Were Sleeping though. My fave Sandra B. movie is The Proposal though. . . .
      Good times, good times. Can we do this for real??

  3. Hey, any time you want to feel better about your photos, just swing by my blog, k? The relative crappiness will make you feel supreme!

    1) well, as you know, my default is booze and/or cupcakes. But I feel like as my sister, you’d let me bring anything I wanted, even if it wasn’t cake…. So I’d probably do a Spanish tapas-style charcuterie spread with ummy-yummy manchego cheese and olives… Though it looks like I might have to arm-wrestle Dangoule for that honor.
    2) DVD, I’m with you on The Proposal. Or Date Night.
    3) I don’t normally paint, but when I do it tends towards coppers (which might be “in” again now) and rosy purples (were those ever out?).

    And the focaccia looks wonderful. I’m a sucker for yeasty, chewy bread. And speaking of Date Night, have you seen it? There’s that scene in the car where he asks her if she’s ever thought of an affair, and she says something like, “Affair? God, no! Who has the energy? If anything, I dream about going to a hotel, in silence, alone, and eating my salad and diet sprite. Alone.”

    • Chartutoo-what? That maybe sounds too fancy for a feel-sorry-for-ourselves night. . . or maybe not. Maybe it would just make us feel fancy. Also, I now love the term, “relative crappiness”. . . . And I am all over the olives and Manchego – perfect. You and Danguole can both bring bread, meat and cheese. There is never too much. . . .

      • Oh! And I LOVE that line from Date Night. It’s so TRUE!!! I laughed out loud when we watched it. It was perfect! 😀

  4. I want to bring bring twix, salt and vinegar potato chips, gum, and breakfast sandwiches to the pity party!

    And I am going to dye my hair blue.

    Because I have always wanted to.

    Hmph. So there.

    • Ha! I’d love to witness the blue hair. I’ve always kind of been curious about piercing my nose too. . . . Hey. If we’re dreamin’. . . .

      • I could totally see that on you! I almost got my eyebrow pierced in high school, but opted for the tongue instead. (No scar)

        I have always wanted to get a tattoo as well, but know myself all too well and know that I would get sick of it pretty quickly.

        This is fun!

  5. Thank you for this! I have been scratching at a bread itch that I can’t quite seem to satisfy and this will be added to my ever growing list- looks wonderful!

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