Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread Recipe

This gluten-free focaccia bread is the real deal! Thick, crisp edges, soft and airy on the inside… no one will believe it's gluten-free! And with lots of olive oil, rosemary, and a sprinkling of salt, it has the best flavor! Easy recipe is naturally dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free.

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Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread Recipe

Easy recipe for the best gluten-free focaccia bread!

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So excited for you to try this Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread!

It is the real deal!

It is thick, has crisp edges, and is soft and airy on the inside… no one will believe it’s gluten-free!

And made with lots of olive oil, rosemary, and a sprinkling of salt, it has the best flavor!

Best yet? It’s a simple recipe.

And it is naturally vegan, dairy-free, egg-free and nut free!

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Real Talk

This recipe was a long time in the making!

Some recipes come easily to me, and can be shared with you after a few tests.  I always make each recipe at least 3 times before you ever see it published here, and it is tasted by an entire crew of taste testers including my family and friends.

But some recipes like the Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls or this Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread, are a labor of love, requiring lots and lots of remakes, before being deemed good enough to share with you.

I actually started testing gluten-free focaccia bread about 9 months ago when my family requested it. I got really close to one we all loved, but it wasn’t quite perfect, and I walked away from it for a bit.

My family requested I try it again early August, and this time I had much more success from the beginning, but continued to test and make small adjustments to the amount of water, baking time, oven temperature and pan size.

We all finally agree, THIS gluten-free focaccia recipe is amazing, and I hope you love it too!

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How to Make Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread

You will need 8 ingredients:

gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (we use GFJules flour – affiliate link)

rapid rise yeast

baking powder

salt

olive oil

fresh rosemary

water

apple cider vinegar

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Back to the Gluten-Free Focaccia Recipe…

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The recipe is quite simple, but requires attention to a few things not typical in our other recipes:

  • Water temperature is important to activate the yeast. I use a kitchen thermometer which costs under $10 (affiliate link) and is a great add to your kitchen tools.  I didn’t have one for years but now that I do, I use it often!
  • You need to plan for rising time— it’s just 30 minutes!
  • I’ve only made this using a stand mixer and a hook attachment.
  • The dough will be sticky so your hands can get messy when making it, but it’s worth it!

So let’s make it!

The dough comes together in 4 simple steps:

  1. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Make sure your water is a 111 -112 degrees F.  I use a thermometer (affiliate link) to check, and for me it’s just hot tap water, but sometimes it requires adding the water to a liquid measuring cup and adding more hot or cold water, and taking some out until it’s the exact temperature. The temperature matters so that you activate but not destroy the yeast.  Add apple cider vinegar to the water and mix with a spoon.
  3. With the paddle attachment on and the mixer running on low, add water mixture to flour mix, then add the oil and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary to just combine.
  4. Then switch to the hook attachment and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. Set a timer!

At this point, the dough will be sticky!

Use a spatula to scrape down the sides so that the dough forms a ball and using well oiled hands transfer the dough to wax paper and continue to form the dough into a ball using your hands, for about 30 seconds to a minute.

Oil the original mixing bowl and transfer the dough back into the bowl. Make sure the dough is lightly oiled all over and with oiled plastic wrap cover the bowl. Then cover with a clean towel, and let rise in a cupboard for 30 minutes.

Transfer the risen dough to an oiled baking pan and using your fingertips, spread the dough evenly and into the corners of the pan.

Then using your fingertips, press down gently making dimples in the dough.

Drizzle with additional olive oil, sprinkle with fresh rosemary and salt, then bake!

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The focaccia bakes for a total of 55 minutes, 30 minutes uncovered, 25 minutes covered.

And you will note that for the last five minutes, I raise the oven temperature.

Once done baking, the edges will pull back from the pan a bit.  Let the baked focaccia rest for 20-25 minutes in the pan.

The center is still very hot and continuing to bake/ set even when it is out of the oven.

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Then cut into squares or slices and enjoy!

And just look at the texture!

The outside is just crisp like good homemade bread, and the inside is soft, tender and airy!

All our taste testers have been going crazy for it!

It tastes like real, legitimate bread!

And the rosemary, olive oil and salt add the best flavor.

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Hope you love it as much as we do!

For more Gluten-Free Bread Recipes, have you tried our:

Easy Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Easy Biscuits

Easy Savory Biscuits

Best Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

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Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread

This gluten-free focaccia bread is the real deal! Thick, crisp edges, soft and airy on the inside… no one will believe it's gluten-free! And with lots of olive oil, rosemary, and a sprinkling of salt, it has the best flavor!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Rising time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Bread
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free
Keyword: easy gluten-free bread recipe, gluten-free focaccia, gluten-free focaccia recipe, easy gluten-free focaccia recipe, fluffy gluten-free focaccia
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Equipment

  • 8 inch square non stick baking pan
  • stand mixer with hook attachment

Ingredients

  • cups gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum we use GFJules Flour (affiliate link)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 package gluten-free Rapid Rise Yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) pro tip: check the date to make sure it hasn't expired!
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt + more for topping
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (plus more for coating pan and topping)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped + more for topping
  • scant 1 3/4** cup water (at 111 -112 degrees F) ** I fill a liquid measuring cup between the 1 2/3 and 1 3/4 cup line **
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, rapid rise yeast, and salt, and mix to combine.
  • Make sure water is at 111 -112 degrees F (I used a thermometer (affiliate link) to check, and for me it's just hot tap water, but sometimes it requires adding the water to a liquid measuring cup and adding more hot or cold water, and taking some out until it's the exact temperature. The temperature matters so that you activate but do not destroy the yeast). Add apple cider vinegar to the water and mix with a spoon to just combine. With the mixer running on low speed and paddle attachment on, add water mixture to flour mix, then add the oil and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary to just combine.
  • Switch to hook attachment, and on run on medium speed for 5 minutes. Set a timer. The dough will be sticky!
  • Using a spatula, scrap down the sides of the bowl so that the dough begins to form a ball in the center of the bowl, then using the spatula, move the dough to very lightly floured wax paper. With oiled hands, form the dough into a ball, molding it and shaping it with your hands for about 30 seconds to a minute.
    Well oil the original bowl, and place the dough back into the bowl, making sure it is covered lightly in oil all over. Cover dough with well oiled plastic wrap, then cover with a clean towel and place in a cupboard for 30 minutes to rise.
  • Towards the end of the 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and oil a 8 inch square baking pan with olive oil.
  • Transfer dough to the oiled baking pan and using your fingers, spread the dough evenly into the pan and into corners. Use your fingertips to press down and form dimples in the dough. Drizzle with olive oil, top with fresh rosemary and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Bake for 55 mins in total. Bake 30 min uncovered, then cover loosely with foil for the next 25 minutes. Bake for the first 50 minutes at 375 degrees F and for the last 5 minutes, raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  • Remove from the oven and uncover. The edges will have pulled away from the pan. Let rest for 20-25 minutes. The bread is still very hot and continuing to bake and set. This is really important to make sure you get the best texture.
  • Slice and enjoy!
  • The focaccia is best enjoyed day of baking. Store extra in an air tight container for 1-2 days and reheat in the oven, microwave or even toast it!
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6 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread Recipe

    1. Great question. I have never made it without a dough hook, but I would try mixing it with your hand mixer at medium low speed for about 3 minutes and see if you can then use a spatula to spoon it into a ball and try kneading a bit and proceeding. Let me know if you try it!

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