Focaccia for Pizza Crust

This recipe makes 2 large loaves of focaccia. For pizza, focaccia loaves should be split in half horizontally, with each round serving as a pizza crust. Whole loaves can be topped with oil, herbs, and hard cheese—but saucy toppings will slide off.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 2 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups warm water, about 100°F
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian herb blend

Directions

  • Dissolve the yeast in water and let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Slowly add the yeast, water, and ⅔ cup olive oil. Stir until ingredients are well blended. Sprinkle on dried herbs.
  • Turn focaccia dough onto a well-floured surface and knead with the heels of your hands for 10 minutes. Place dough on a dry surface and cover with a large bowl. Let stand in a warm place for at least 1 hour.
  • Punch the dough down and divide in half. Smooth dough into two well-oiled pizza pans. Brush tops with extra virgin olive oil and let stand for 1 hour. Bake focaccias in a 400°F preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Recipe Information

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups warm water, about 100°F
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian herb blend

Directions

  • Dissolve the yeast in water and let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Slowly add the yeast, water, and ⅔ cup olive oil. Stir until ingredients are well blended. Sprinkle on dried herbs.
  • Turn focaccia dough onto a well-floured surface and knead with the heels of your hands for 10 minutes. Place dough on a dry surface and cover with a large bowl. Let stand in a warm place for at least 1 hour.
  • Punch the dough down and divide in half. Smooth dough into two well-oiled pizza pans. Brush tops with extra virgin olive oil and let stand for 1 hour. Bake focaccias in a 400°F preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories320
Total Fat12g
Saturated Fat1.5g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium290mg
Total Carbohydrate44g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars0g
Protein8g