No-Fuss Focaccia

Serves 6-8


For Dough

  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cheese powder or grated cheese (Vermont cheese suggested) + more for topping
  • 2 tbsp pizza seasoning or Italian spice blend, divided

For Baking

  • olive oil to prepare baking pan, dough scraper & for drizzling

Special Equipment

  • 9" x 13" baking pan
  • pastry brush
  • dough scraper
  • dough whisk
  • plastic wrap (or shower cap!)
  • parchment paper


  1. Preheat oven to 375º
  2. Liberally grease the bottom and sides of a 9" x 13" pan with olive oil
  3. Combine all of the ingredients (including seasonings, if using) and beat with a stand or electric mixer for 1 minute
  4. Scoop the sticky batter into the prepared pan (an oiled bench scraper is useful for this), cover loosely with plastic film, and let it rise at room temperature for 1 hour, until puffy
  5. Drizzle it lightly with olive oil, gently poke with fingers to make indentations, and sprinkle with extra seasonings and grated cheese if desired
  6. Bake the bread until it's golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes
  7. Remove it from the oven, wait 5 minutes, then turn it out of the pan and onto a rack
  8. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature