One Hour Rosemary Focaccia Bread is classic focaccia bread made in a cast iron skillet in only one hour.  It’s thick, fluffy and perfect every time!

close up of one hour focaccia bread in skillet with rosemary on top

**This post was originally published in May 2013.  The wording has been mostly kept intact, but the recipe has been modified slightly and a recipe video has been added.

I’m so proud of myself — I actually baked bread!  I’m not talking about quick bread, because I do that all the time.

This time I made a yeast bread, which I don’t do often enough.

You can actually call this One Hour Rosemary Focaccia Bread recipe a quick bread considering that you can make it in one hour flat!

overhead shot of skillet with one hour focaccia bread

One Hour Rosemary Focaccia Bread

I’m in love with this focaccia bread recipe because it results in perfect, classic focaccia bread in a fraction of the time. It’s got crispy edges from the skillet with a fluffy interior and a perfect golden brown rosemary-garlic top.

We ate it right out of the skillet, and it was gone in a flash.

If you’re intimidated by yeast breads, this recipe is the perfect starting point.  It just couldn’t be easier and it comes out perfectly every single time!

overhead shot of one hour focaccia bread with slice missing

How to make rosemary focaccia bread

The focaccia dough comes together in minutes and is very easy to work with. 

  • Start off by blooming the yeast in a bowl for 5 minutes.
  • Add a cup of the flour, then once that’s added, add salt, olive oil and another 1/2-3/4 cup of flour until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.  
  • The dough will be very sticky, but it’s nothing that a little flour won’t fix.  Pour the dough out onto a floured surface, sprinkle some flour on top, and form into a flat disk.

one hour focaccia bread process collage 1

  • Place the dough into a cast iron skillet greased with olive oil and press evenly into the bottom of the skillet and 1″ up the sides.
  • This focaccia bread is so quick because of the quick rise.  Simply preheat the oven to 200 degrees then turn the oven off.  The warmth of the oven will help the dough rise in 20 minutes flat whether your house is warm OR cold.
  • Cover the dough with a kitchen towel during the rise, then remove from the oven and brush with rosemary, garlic and olive oil and make those classic indentations over the top.

one hour focaccia bread process collage 2

  • Bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven until golden brown, then remove from heat and brush with the remaining olive oil mixture and sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired.

The result is perfect homemade focaccia bread!

slice of one hour focaccia bread on parchment

Serve this bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or as a side dish for pasta or soup.

Homemade bread has never been so easy or so good!

skillet with one slice of one hour focaccia missing

Craving more bread?  See all of my Bread recipes.

Serve rosemary focaccia bread with the following recipes:

Baked penne

Lasagna by Taste of Home

Minestrone soup

Oven baked pork chops

Spatchcock chicken

White bean turkey chili

Yield: 10 servings

One Hour Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Focaccia bread in cast iron skillet with rosemary on top

One Hour Rosemary Focaccia Bread is classic focaccia bread made in a cast iron skillet in only one hour.  It's thick, fluffy and perfect every time!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • ¾ cup warm water (heat in the microwave for 10 seconds and stir -- it should be just lukewarm)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons yeast (1/4 ounce package such as Fleischmann's Rapid Rise)
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour, divided (plus more for sprinkling the dough)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried, divided
  • flaky sea salt for topping, optional


  1. Place the warm water and sugar in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (you can use an electric handheld mixer as well). Stir well to combine.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir just a bit. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn the mixer on low speed, and add 1 cup of the flour and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and mix just until combined.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil mix until combined. If using dried rosemary, you may add 1 teaspoon at this point.
  5. With the mixer on low, gradually add 1/2 cup of the remaining flour, then add just enough of the remaining 1/4 cup until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl (you may not need it all).
  6. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Grease a cast iron skillet or 8 - 9" cake pan with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  7. Lightly flour a surface with flour. Remove the dough and place onto the floured surface and sprinkle the top lightly with flour as well.  Gently shape the dough into a flat disk and place in the prepared skillet.
  8. Gently press the dough evenly in the bottom of the skillet and 1" up the sides, then cover with a clean towel.
  9. TURN OFF THE OVEN and place the skillet in the oven for 20 minutes to rise.
  10. Remove the skillet from the oven and remove the towel. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  11. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, garlic, chopped rosemary, and parmesan if using. If using dried rosemary, add 1/2-1 teaspoon.
  12. Brush the olive oil mixture over the focaccia bread dough, then make indents over the top of the dough with your thumb.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven, and brush with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired.
  14. Cool slightly on a wire rack and serve!


  • Total cook time above includes the 20 minutes of rise time.
  • The garlic will get quite crispy and have a slightly bitter flavor but it's quite delicious!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 281mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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