No-knead bread is so easy to make! Just stir everything together, let it rise, and bake. This recipe for sage and olive focaccia is baked right in a cast iron skillet for a soft and chewy interior and crispy crust.
Course Side Dish
Keyword no-knead bread, olive focaccia
Prep Time 11hours
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 11hours15minutes
3cups(15 oz) all-purpose flour
1 1/3cups(10.5 oz) room temperature water
1/4cupextra virgin olive oil,divided
1/2cuppitted kalamata olives
1tbspsliced fresh sage
coarse salt or flaky sea salt
Combine the flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Pour in the water and stir with a spoon. Once you have most of the flour incorporated, use your hands to finish mixing the dough. Note: the dough will be wet and sticky.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a quiet place the kitchen for 10-12 hours.
Once you are ready to shape the dough, pull out your cast iron skillet. Take 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and pour it into the skillet. Get your hands oiled and scrape the dough out of the bowl into the skillet.
Turn the dough around in the skillet to coat it with oil, then gently spread the dough out so that it fills the skillet. If it won't spread out all the way to the edges, wait 10 minutes and push it out some more.
Cover the skillet with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 1 hour.
When the dough has rested for 30 minutes, begin heating the oven. Move the oven rack to the lower middle position and heat the oven to 500F.
Once the dough is done resting, prep it for baking. Dimple the dough with your fingertips. Scatter the olives over and work them down into the dough. Then scatter the sage over and press some of that into the dough.
Drizzle over the final 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake until cooked through and golden brown, 15-20 minutes in a 12-inch skillet. 20-25 in a 10-inch skillet.
Remove the skillet from the oven. Transfer the bread to a cooling rack and cool to room temperature.
Rising the dough: I like to put the dough into my cold oven overnight. No need to worry about drafts or about pets.
How to know it's ready: The dough will fill much of your bowl, be quite puffy, and covered with bubbles. Unless your house is very warm (80+ F), be prepared to wait at least 10 hours.
Baking: Make sure you move the oven rack to the lower middle position or you are likely to find the top of the bread burning before the middle is done.
Baking Sheet: You can use a heavy baking sheet to make this bread. It won't get as crispy as the cast iron version, but it will work just fine.