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Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

by Amy D
Light and tender focaccia bread, soaked with butter, garlic, cheese and herbs. Perfect for sopping up rich marinara or the last of your soup.

Light and tender focaccia bread, soaked with butter, garlic, cheese and herbs. Perfect for sopping up rich marinara or the last of your soup.

This garlic cheese focaccia bread is light and tender. Soaked with butter, garlic, herbs and cheese, it’s perfect for sopping up extra marinara sauce or the tail ends of the soup in your bowl.

Be careful with this recipe. Fair warning, if you make it once you’ll probably be hooked. 

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

Oy vey. I’ve tried to write the post for this Garlic Cheese Focaccia bread recipe like 4 times, but nothing seems to be right. It’s been a weird week. Monday and Tuesday I had a sick kiddo home with me and that completely threw off my whole plan for the week. Then on Wednesday, I had to make an emergency trip to the orthodontist’s office with my oldest son, after which we decided to play hooky and spend the afternoon shopping. (I couldn’t have had him back in time for school anyway. Not that I have to justify our shopping spree. We just went to Aldi’s for Pete’s sake. Okay and I spent my whole paycheck at Cato. No judging, my whole paycheck is like $60 bucks.)

I’m such a creature of habit that having those 3 days completely thrown out of whack has thrown off my whole life in general. Well…and if I am being completely honest, the 6th season of Vampire Diaries went up on Netflix this week, so I’ve kind of been dead to the world. because I’ve been T-totally absorbed in that. Don’t worry, I’m a binge watcher. I only have a couple more episodes left and next week can hopefully be a normal week. Oh wait, that’s right, it can’t be a normal week. I’m going to my first blogging workshop next week! Exciting stuff people. Hopefully I don’t make a fool of myself, I usually do. The last time I tried to introduce myself at a public function I accidentally told someone I was the wrong age…and they caught me in my accidental lie. And then I realized I’d forgotten to cut the tags off my dress and had to excuse myself.  Accidental Happy Baker? Sometimes I’m accidental happy everything. Maybe I should just get to the recipe?

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

Or should I start a 5th draft?

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

This Garlic Cheese Focaccia bread has become one of my favorite yeast breads to make. It is so simple and fun. And honestly making this focaccia is the best old fashioned therapy to work out all the frustrations and tension of all the crap going on in your life. You get to knead it, beat it, and then stab holes in it. Fun!  As far as yeast breads go, it comes together pretty quickly, not as quickly as my favorite Asiago Cheese Soft Pretzels though. I’m not going to lie it does take a little bit of time, but it’s not something where you make it and then you have to wait hours and hours to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

Mix it up, knead it,  give it a little rest, then pat it down onto your baking sheet, and let it rise for about half an hour. After it rises you poke a bunch of holes in the dough, spread it with butter, garlic, parsley and cheese. Bake that puppy for about half an hour and enjoy it fresh from the oven. I swear, your kitchen will smell like heaven.

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

I got started making this focaccia instead of regular garlic bread. Garlic bread is less work for sure, but I fell in love with this because all of the garlic and butter soaks down into those holes you poked,  so it’s there in every single bite. And it makes perfect little garlicky sauce pockets to scoop up marinara with.  This recipe is a great for this time of year because it goes well with hearty pastas and soup. That is like the number one reason that I’m excited about this weather. Bread and soup. I will have another of my other favorite bread and soup recipes on here soon. Beer bread!

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread
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Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

This garlic cheese focaccia bread is light and tender. Soaked with butter, garlic, herbs and cheese, it's perfect for sopping up extra marinara sauce or the tail ends of the soup in your bowl. 

Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Keyword focaccia, bread
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Amy D.

Ingredients

Focaccia

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4- 2 2/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

Topping

  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup asiago , parmesan, or romano cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat water until warm (about 105-115 degrees. The way I check my water when making yeast breads is by testing the water on the inside of my wrist like you would a baby's bottle. The water should feel just warm and comfortable, not hot.
  2. Pour the water into a large bowl and add yeast, stirring with a fork until it dissolves in. Add to this 2 1/4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons of very soft butter, and the salt. Mix until a soft dough forms, then turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough with a push turn method, dusting with flour when needed to keep the dough from sticking to the surface. While kneading the dough, add in additional flour about a tablespoon at a time or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. This should take about 5-10 minutes of kneading. Place the dough into an oiled bowl and cover greased plastic wrap. Let the dough rest 10 minutes.
  3. After resting, place the dough onto a greased baking sheet. Using your hands, pat the dough into about a 12 inch circle. Cover again with greased plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (about 30-45 minutes.)
  4. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. When the dough has risen, using your finger tips, poke 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep holes throughout the dough, spacing the holes about an inch or 2 apart. Brush the top of the dough with the melted butter, making sure to get some on the top of the foccacia bread and down in the holes as well. Sprinkle the top of the dough with the garlic salt, parsley, and shredded cheese. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until nice and golden brown. Serve hot.

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33 comments

Joan Lemon November 6, 2016 - 7:28 pm

5 stars
I made this yesterday. It turned out just perfect. I had been looking for a recipe for this bread for a long time. Thank you so much.

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Amy D November 7, 2016 - 4:27 pm

Joan, I am so happy to hear that it turned out just how you wanted! This recipe is a favorite of mine.

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Noel February 14, 2016 - 10:57 am

5 stars
Coming back, can’t stay away
I’ve been looking at focaccia recipes and this looks so easy, I’m going to try it!

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Tracy | Baking Mischief February 14, 2016 - 10:33 am

5 stars
This bread is just amazing looking! I’ve been looking for a good focaccia recipe for ages. I’m definitely going to give this one a try.

And I totally hear you on Vampire Diaries. When I discovered the first two seasons of that show on Netflix, I was lost to the world for about four days. 😉

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Noel February 14, 2016 - 9:33 am

4 stars
lol @ working out your frustrations on the dough!
there are days we need that!!

ps – playing hooky after the orthodontist is a tradition in my family. Except we usually went to the DONUT shop!

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 14, 2016 - 9:32 am

I have had many weeks like the one you describe. And once, at a social event, all the men were introducing their wives…”This is my wife so and so,” and when it came to me, I introduced my husband as “this is my wife…” Good times!

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Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake February 14, 2016 - 9:05 am

5 stars
Wow this looks soooooo good! I would make pasta just so I can have this on the side…. the pasta would probably be forgotten about too!

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Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago February 14, 2016 - 8:56 am

Yum, I love cheesy garlicy bread – especially when it uses asiago! I bet this would be great as part of a sandwich too.

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Anna @annaDishes October 13, 2015 - 11:49 pm

Light and tender…soaked with butter, garlic, herbs and cheese?! Yes, please!! Sign me up. I will most definitely be making this soon. Che buono!

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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet October 13, 2015 - 11:38 pm

I love focaccia and this looks so yummy! That dough is perfect!

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Barb | Creative Culinary October 13, 2015 - 11:30 pm

Ahhh memories; thanks Amy. I remember where I first enjoyed focaccia bread and how I had to then make my own. My carb loving daughter was home from college and tried it. She finished off the entire pan before dinner! There can never be too much garlic! !

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Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence October 13, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Focaccia is so simple to make at home! I make a version with rosemary and roasted garlic. I’ll have to try asiago next time!

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heather @french press October 13, 2015 - 10:04 am

pretty sure I could make an entire meal of just this bread! SO good

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Amy D October 13, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Ohh that’s what I do!

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Kaitie October 13, 2015 - 8:59 am

i love this! It looks delicious and would taste great with any dip or alone on the side of a pasta dish!

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Amy D October 13, 2015 - 12:57 pm

It tastes best with a glass of wine and a relaxing night in, in a clean house. (That someone else cleaned for you.) 😉

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious October 13, 2015 - 8:05 am

T-Terrific! T-totally agree, a change in weather can throw me off schedule!

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Amy D October 13, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Oh goodness, the older I get the less it takes to throw me off. I went to eat lunch with my son today and someone had put the wrong day on the sign in sheet at the school. It had me panicking that I was completely screwed up on my days again this week. LOL.

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Kathie October 9, 2015 - 2:57 pm

This looks t-totally yummy! I love garlic cheese bread! (And I love shopping at Catos). Might have to try this myself.
And exciting news about the blog workshop. Give us some details on it.

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Amy D October 9, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Kathie,
I can only think of one person in the world that I know of that doesn’t like garlic cheese bread, my mother! This stuff is amazing. If you are a lover of garlicky, cheesy things you totally need to try this one. Can you believe that I’d never been a Cato before? I got so much good stuff. Cardigans galore. I’m a cardigan-aholic. I hope that the workshop will be good, hopefully I can touch base on it on here in a week or so.

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