This no-knead Focaccia Bread recipe provides a crispy crust with a chewy bite. The topping of herbed cherry tomatoes adds a burst of flavor. Makes a great summer appetizer or a tasty bread to serve with soups and stews.
While waiting for the bread to rise in the rimmed baking sheet, combine all the ingredients for the cherry tomato topping in a bowl. Set aside.
Preheat your oven to 400 °F (200 °C) and place the oven grate in the bottom third of the oven. The oven needs to preheat for at least one hour so plan accordingly.
Dip fingertips in olive oil and gently create dimples in the bread.
Place the cherry tomatoes, cut side up, in the newly formed indentations.
Brush the liquid and herbs left at the bottom of the bowl over the entire surface of the bread.
Bake in a preheated oven for about 23-26 minutes.
When golden brown and crisp, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
If desired, garnish with freshly chopped thyme, oregano and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then slice and serve warm or at room temperature.
Prep time includes time for the bread to double in size.
Preheat your oven. The proper temperature is important to get thick focaccia.
Use high-quality oil for the best tasting bread.
Customize with your favorite herbs and spices like red pepper flakes, basil, rosemary, tarragon, or even chives. The possibilities are endless.
Use a variety of cherry tomatoes. Slice the larger ones in half; leave the smaller tomatoes whole.
Garnish with fresh minced herbs as soon as the focaccia comes out of the oven for a fresh-tasting bread.
To freeze, simply wrap individual portions in plastic film and then aluminum foil. To reheat, simply remove the plastic film, wrap in the foil and heat in the oven. Keeps frozen for up to 3 months.
Leftovers: Focaccia leftovers can be stored at room temperature, in a paper bag for up to 2 days. To serve: reheat in a low oven for about 10 minutes. Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.