Easy no-knead tomato and olive focaccia

Easy no-knead tomato and olive focaccia

By 18/05/2016

No kneading, no stretching.. just mixing! The end result? A puffy, moist and crisp focaccia, perfectly risen.

How is this possible? Moisture and timing are the key.

Yes you can make focaccia with less effort and have fantastic results.

Simply mix flour, yeast, water and then salt and let it rest in a bowl for a good 12 hours. You can make it overnight so it will be ready to bake the following morning. The consistency of this dough is different: very sticky and wet. Because it is so hydrated the dough will spread easily onto the baking tray before being baked.

So ready to have a go at this? If you enjoy bread and focaccia then you might want to try this one.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



In a bowl with a spoon mix well the flour with the yeast and the lukewarm water. Add 2 tsp of salt but make sure it NEVER gets in direct contact with the yeast or it will just kill it. You will get a very sticky consistency.

dough mixture

Brush another bowl with olive oil and put in the dough. Cover it up with cling film and let it rest in a warm place for about 12 hours. You could make this in the evening so it will be ready to bake the following morning.

dough mixture stickydough mixture sticky

Line a standard baking tray (mine was 38 x 30 cm or 15 x 12 inch) with parchment paper. Drizzle it generously all over with olive oil and place the dough on it. It is very sticky. It will help if you grease your hands with olive oil.

Press the halved cherry tomatoes on top, the olives, some basil leaves, a sprinkle of salt and a good drizzle of olive oil.

tomatoes and olives

Let it rest for another hour then cook it at 200C or 390FΒ  for the first 10 minutes then continue cooking it at 180C or 350F for a further 15 minutes or until nice and golden.

No-knead focaccia with tomatoes and olives

No-knead focaccia with tomatoes and olives

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14 Responses to Easy no-knead tomato and olive focaccia

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am on such a bread kick at the moment (it must be what the baby is craving) and I am so excited to get baking more bread – it’s just so satisfying, isn’t it.

    • Alida

      So pleased for you! Enjoy these moments as they are so special.

  2. Chiara

    le foto mettono un’acquolina pazzesca, che meraviglia di focaccia Alida !

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Love Focaccia and this one looks yummy with the olives and the tomatoes. An easy recipe and the results are delizioso! Thanks for sharing this one…have to try it.. Have a wonderful day! Ciao, Bella!
    Hugs Dottie πŸ™‚

  4. elisa

    I’ll definitely going to try this one! Grazie biele!

    • Alida

      Ciao Elisa, this is the easiest focaccia recipe I know!

  5. La cucina di Molly

    Che buona la focaccia, in famiglia piace a tutti e la preparo spesso…ottima la tua versione senza impasto! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Si la focaccia e’ una classica che va sempre e questa cosi semplice.

  6. uno spicchio di melone

    Stupenda Alida! Colorata, estiva e fragrante! Bravissima…come sempre! πŸ™‚

    • Alida

      Ti ringrazio mia cara πŸ™‚

    • Alida

      I love carbs too. I usually make a large tray and freeze it so I can always have a slice of focaccia whenever I fancy.

  7. classyflavors

    Great recipe. I love focaccia and your looks yummy. Perfect for summer time. Have amazing day -:)

    • Alida

      Many thanks!

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