I lost my baking mojo. I’d been on a roll baking and posting, then the holidays hit. And with the holidays came vacation for our oldest. I didn’t bake anything new for the entire week and a half she was off from school. All this week I’d been kicking myself trying to get back in the swing of things. Wednesday I forced myself to sit down and focus. I scoured through some of my favorite recipe binders and cookbooks hoping for inspiration.

This particular focaccia is airy with a slightly crunchy and zesty exterior. The heat level could easily be adjusted to your liking but I think the red pepper flakes give this a nice kick. It’s relatively quick with only 5-10 minutes of active prep time (45 min inactive) and 30 to bake. A big bonus for how easy this is to whip up. It’s absolutely my new obsession. I may or may not have eaten 3/4 of the batch I made. Thankfully I only made half a batch.

I looked for the recipe online with no luck to the original source, but it does specifically mention King Arthur Flour and Fleischmann’s Yeast.

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Spicy Italian Focaccia

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 12


  • 3 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 2/3 C warm water
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp dried onion
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • In a large bowl add flour, sugar, salt and yeast. While mixing, slowly pour in 2 tbsp olive oil and warm water. Mix until ingredients are well combined. Transfer dough to a greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Spread out the dough using a rubber spatula. Cover and let rise in a warm location for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine cheese and spices. Set aside.
  • After the first rise time is up, poke holes throughout your dough using a greased utensil such a wooden spoon, a knife or even your finger. Drizzle with remaining 1-2 tbsp olive oil. Sprinkle with cheese and spice mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Let dough rise for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden. Immediately remove bread to a cooling rack or cutting board. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing into. Or if you're impatient like me, just carefully slice with a sharp knife while remembering to not compress the bread.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American