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Easy Zaatar and Sumac Focaccia

A golden crispy loaf of focaccia bread topped with zaatar and sumac, placed on a baking rack.

Crispy focaccia bread topped with zaatar and sumac placed on a wire rack, with a small bowl of zaatar on the side.
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside!


Why You’ll Love This Recipe


A soft and fluffy pieces of focaccia bread topped with zaatar and sumac.
Start your breadmaking journey with this easy Focaccia bread!

Ingredients



Raw, airy and bubbly focaccia dough placed in a baking pan, topped with a combination of zaatar, sumac, and olive oil. Three bowls placed on the side, one for the sumac and the other for the zaatar, and the third for the red and yellow thinly sliced tomatoes.
Infused with your favorite Middle Eastern herbs!



Raw, airy and bubbly focaccia dough placed in a baking pan, topped with a combination of zaatar, sumac, and olive oil. Three bowls placed on the side, one for the sumac and the other for the zaatar, and the third for the red and yellow thinly sliced tomatoes.
Doused with glossy olive oil.

Focaccia Topping Variations


Top Tips


An Effortless, Dreamy Bread

Bubbly focaccia dough placed in a baking pan.
Carefully shape the dough, and try not to pop those appetizing bubbles!

Storage Tips


A fluffy piece of focaccia bread topped with sumac and zaatar, with some thinly sliced red and yellow tomatoes in the background.
Elevate your bread game with zaatar and sumac.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the secret to a golden crispy focaccia exterior?

Olive oil for sure! Oiling the pan before baking is an essential step that helps achieve the desired golden crust, in addition to generously drizzling the dough with olive oil before baking.

Why is dimpling considered an essential step in Focaccia baking?

Dimpling is considered a vital step that cannot be skipped, simply because it prevents the dough from rising up more than expected. Plus, it allows even distribution of the olive oil an other toppings. Besides, it gives the bread that aesthetic, irresistible visual appeal.

How can gluten be developed without kneading?

This easy focaccia recipe doesn’t call for kneading due to its sticky and wet dough. We all know that kneading enhances the development of gluten. However, this recipe develops gluten by simply letting the dough rise on its own, giving it the time it needs to develop its desired structure.

Is the zaatar and sumac focaccia bread recipe vegan?

Absolutely! All of the dough’s ingredients are vegan friendly.


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A golden crispy loaf of focaccia bread topped with zaatar and sumac, placed on a baking rack.

Easy Zaatar and Sumac Focaccia

Fatimah
Focaccia is a beloved Italian flat bread adored by many. This zaatar and sumac Focaccia is a dreamy Middle Eastern twist on the classic recipe. It is easy to make and requires zero kneading, yielding a fluffy, pillowy, and soft bread on the inside with a golden, crispy crust!
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 25 minutes
Course Dough
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Dough

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (more extra virgin olive oil for tray and bread prep)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ tablespoon sugar

For the Toppings

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons zaatar (more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sumac (more to taste)
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

To Prepare the Dough

  • Mix together the sugar, flour, and yeast. Add in the salt and olive oil and mix again.
  • Pour in the 2 cups of warm water and mix well with a wooden spoon until the flour is well incorporated. It will be extremely sticky and wet.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for half an hour.
  • After half an hour is passed, grab the top part of the dough and stretch it upwards lightly, then fold it toward the middle. Do the same for the right, bottom, and left side of the dough.
  • Cover and let it sit at room temperature for an hour.
  • Once the hour is up, repeat the stretch and folds.
  • Cover again and let it sit at room temperature for another hour. Repeat the stretch and folds again so the gluten builds structure, making sure to do the stretch and folds each time.
  • Once the four stretch and folds are over, oil a bowl with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and transfer the dough.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 12-18 hours.

To Bake the Focaccia

  • Remove the dough from the fridge and allow it to rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Prepare a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and 1.5 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Once the dough is ready, add it to the oiled pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let it proof for 2 hours. The dough should reach the pan all along the edges, if not, lightly stretch it to fit.
  • When it it is close to finish proofing, preheat the oven to 400℉.
  • Once ready, drizzle 2 more tablespoons of olive oil onto the dough and dimple the dough with your fingers.
  • Sprinkle the sumac, salt, and zaatar, then bake at 400℉ for 20-30 minutes until the top turns golden.
  • Cool for at least 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Notes

This easy Focaccia bread doesn’t require kneading, so the least you could do is follow the steps presented above, which emphasize the importance of giving the dough the amount of time it needs to proof nicely. If you do not do so, the soft and pillowy texture will definitely get affected.
Focaccia is famous for its chewy, soft interior and crispy edges. These characteristics are only achieved by the generous addition of olive oil.
Don’t skip the part where you dimple the surface of the dough. Dimpling simply means pressing with your fingertips on the dough’s surface. Dimpling not only adds visual appeal but also allows the olive oil to sit in them, creating an appetizing color during baking.
Make sure that you work with the dough gently and try not to pop the bubbles, as they contribute to an airy and fluffy texture.
No one resists the aroma of freshly baked bread in the house; however, you need to hold your horses and wait for at least 10 minutes before slicing it.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 389mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Easy focaccia bread, Focaccia recipe, Sumac and zaatar focaccia
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