No-Knead Focaccia

Adapted from Bon Appetit

No-Knead Focaccia


  • 1 ¼-oz. envelope active dry yeast (about 2¼ tsp.)
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2.5 cups lukewarm water
  • 5 cups (625 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoon olive oil, divided, plus more for hands
  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more for pan
  • Flaky sea salt
  • 2–4 garlic cloves



Check expiration date on packet of active dry yeast.


In a medium bowl add active dry yeast, honey, and water; let sit 5 minutes. The yeast should start foaming off, otherwise you’ll need a fresh packet.


Add flour and kosher salt, and mix with a rubber spatula until a shaggy dough forms and no dry streaks remain.


Pour 4 tablespoons of the olive oil into a big bowl that will fit in your refrigerator.


Transfer dough to bowl and turn to coat in oil.


Cover and chill until dough is doubled in size (it should look very bubbly and alive), at least 8 hours and up to 1 day. If you're in a rush, you can also let it rise at room temperature until doubled in size, 3–4 hours.


Generously butter a 13x9” baking pan (for thicker focaccia that’s perfect for sandwiches) or an 18x13" rimmed baking sheet (for a thinner and crispier focaccia).


Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into center of pan.


Keeping the dough in the bowl and using a fork in each hand, gather up edges of dough farthest from you and lift up and over into center of bowl. Give the bowl a quarter turn and repeat process.


Do this 2 more times; you want to deflate dough while you form it into a rough ball.


Transfer dough to prepared pan. Pour any oil left in bowl over and turn dough to coat it in oil.


Let rise, uncovered, in a dry, warm spot until doubled in size, at least 1 1/2 hours and up to 4 hours.


Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 450-F.


To see if the dough is ready, poke it with your finger. It should spring back slowly, leaving a small visible indentation. If it springs back quickly, the dough isn’t ready (if at this point the dough is ready to bake but you aren’t, you can chill it up to 1 hour)..


Lightly oil your hands. If using a rimmed baking sheet, gently stretch out dough to fill (you probably won't need to do this if using a baking pan).


Create dimples all over the dough by pressing hard with your fingers all the way to the bottom of the pan.


Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.


Bake focaccia until puffed and golden brown all over, 20–30 minutes.


When ready to serve, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat.


Peel and grate in 2–4 garlic cloves with a Microplane.


Return to medium heat and cook, stirring often, until garlic is just lightly toasted, 30–45 seconds.


Brush garlic-butter all over focaccia and slice into squares or rectangles.


Focaccia is best eaten the day it's made, but keeps well in the freezer. Slice it into pieces, store it in a freezer-safe container, then reheat it on a baking sheet in a 300-F oven.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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