No knead rosemary focaccia bread (in just one hour!)

A quick and easy rosemary focaccia bread that you can have on the table in just one hour. No kneading or other fussing necessary! Soooo delicious dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar straight out of the oven.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bread, focaccia, italian bread, no knead
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 138kcal
Author Helen


  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rapid-rise / fast-acting yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups strong bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus extra for drizzling and dipping
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped
  • balsamic vinegar optional – for dipping!


  • Preheat the oven to 205C / 400F
  • Pour the water on top of the sugar in a large bowl, then swirl to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add the yeast and swirl again, then leave for 5 minutes to dissolve.
  • Add one cup of the flour to the sugar/water/yeast, along with the olive oil, and stir with a wooden spoon until all the flour is combined.
  • Add the rest of the flour and stir vigorously until a ball of dough forms.
  • Add a tiny bit more flour if the dough is still really sticky. Then, with floured hands, turn out onto a well-floured board or clean work surface and fold in about half of the rosemary.
  • Press the dough into a pan or skillet (about 10 x 7 inches or equivalent, or 8 inches in diameter), pushing it right to the edges.
  • Push your thumb into the dough in a few places to make indentations, then sprinkle over the rest of the rosemary and drizzle over a bit more olive oil (roughly a tablespoon).
  • Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes. 
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the bread is golden and has pulled away from the sides of the pan.
  • Serve warm with a dish of olive oil and balsamic vinegar (optional but highly recommended!).


Slightly adapted from a recipe at


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg