Whole Wheat Italian Focaccia Bread

Jazz up sandwiches by making this Italian-spiced Whole Wheat Italian Focaccia Bread. It’s relatively quick and easy to pull together and delicious, too!

Sliced whole wheat focaccia bread on wood cutting board

Sandwiches and me have a love-hate relationship.

Some weeks, I love ’em.

Other weeks, I could leave ’em.

And other times? Well, it’s probably best y’all didn’t hear what I thought about ’em.

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    A few weeks back, I was obsessed with re-creating the sandwich I fell in love in Italy… and the first part I wanted to get right was the bread.

    So I began tinkering, and I ended up baking this delightful loaf of Whole Wheat Italian Focaccia Bread in response to this obsession.

    And if I do say so myself, this focaccia is a game-changer when it comes to making sandwiches at home.

    Sliced focaccia bread on a wooden cutting board next to knife

    Sadly, the rest of the sandwich didn’t come together quite as nicely.

    The canned tuna in olive oil just didn’t taste as good as it did in Italy.

    The pesto I made was tasty… but it wasn’t Cortona quality.

    And while the mozzarella was delicious, I felt like the overall dish was lacking.

    Whole Wheat Italian Focaccia Bread in metal baking pan

    So today?

    Today, I share a really fantastic bread recipe and promise I’ll keep working on the sandwich portion of this, as I cannot wait to take a bite of the perfect recreation and then share it with y’all here. Though something tells me it’s going to take a while and a lot more tinkering because I truly believe the simplest recipes are the ones that are the most challenging to recreate.

    However, this focaccia is pretty darn good, and as an added bonus, it’s pretty darn easy to pull together, too.

    Here’s how you do it:

    Sliced whole wheat focaccia bread on wood cutting board
    Yield: 1 loaf of bread

    Whole Wheat Italian Focaccia Bread

    Prep Time: 1 hour
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

    Jazz up sandwiches by making this Italian-spiced Whole Wheat Italian Focaccia Bread. It's relatively quick and easy to pull together and delicious, too!

    Ingredients

    • 1¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 1½ teaspoons dried basil
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
    • 1¼ hot water
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
    • 1 teaspoon local honey
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

    Instructions

    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flours, oregano, basil, garlic powder and onion powder. Using a whisk, stir until incorporated, then set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine the hot water, olive oil, active dry yeast, honey and salt. Stir until the salt has dissolved into the water and the ingredients are incorporated, then pour into the dry mixture.
    3. Using the dough hook attachment on a low speed, combine the ingredients until the dough has become smooth. (Don't get over-anxious and speed up the mixer, as you'll get a face full of flour.)
    4. Once the dough has come together, turn up the speed of the mixer, beating the dough against the sides of the container for 2-3 minutes.
    5. Once the dough has finished mixing, spread it onto a greased jelly roll pan. (This will be a bit challenging, as the dough is a bit tacky and won't want to listen.) Cover it with a damp kitchen towel. Let it rise for 45 minutes in a warm place.
    6. Once the dough has risen and doubled in size, preheat the oven to 450°F.
    7. Create divets in the dough using your clean fingers, then season the bread with additional olive oil, salt and oregano.
    8. Bake for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown.
    9. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes, slice the bread into pieces and enjoy!

    Notes

    Adapted from my Homemade Herbed Focaccia recipe.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    10 slices

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    2 Comments

      1. It’s a jelly roll pan, Susan, so it’s 10 1/2″ x 15 1/2″. I hope that helps! Making a note of it in the recipe for others who might have the same question.

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