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Whole Grain Baking Powder Foccacia {no yeast}


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Happy Monday, everyone!

First, an apology. I typically feel guilty when my blog post is more of a short recipe share, but such postings often end up being more popular than the verbose treatises I agonize over for hours. Hmm, I sense a learning moment. So here we go with this Monday’s recipe in brief.Every other

Sunday afternoon you’ll find me whipping up something for the Family Life potluck/bible study at our rector’s house. I would like to say I plan ahead, but to date, it has never happened. The get-together begins at 5 o’clock and my  preparations often begin around 4.

Yesterday, I went with one of my tried and true recipes: baking powder focaccia. No yeast, no kneading, no rising, no kidding–this is a quickbread interpretation of focaccia, one that would likely make Mario Batali groan but makes everyone else grin.

I used what I had on hand: fresh rosemary from the garden paired with thinly sliced garlic for one and tomato, cracked black pepper and goat cheese bits (that were in need of immediate salvaging) for the other. But like any focaccia, you can take the toppings in whichever direction you choose; leave it plain for sandwiches, or make minis, too. Last, the white whole wheat flour may be swapped out for whole grain spelt flour. Enjoy!

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Whole Grain Baking Powder Foccacia {no yeast}


With some baking powder in place of yeast, this focaccia is anything but traditional. Nevertheless, it is irresistible. Like the original, the dough is finished with the delicate crunch of coarse sea salt and is puckered to allow small pockets of flavorful olive oil to remain once the bread is baked.


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (e.g., KingArthur brand)
  • 1 cup unbleached bread flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tspfine sea salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 11/2 tsp coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and oil a large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder and fine sea salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir in water and 1 tbsp of the oil until blended.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 minute to develop the gluten slightly.
  4. Transfer dough to prepared pan and pat into a 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rectangle (it will not cover entire bottom of pan). Poke indentations all over top of bread with your fingertips. Brush or drizzle dough with the remaining oil and sprinkle with rosemary and coarse sea salt.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool. Serve warm or let cool completely.


Storage Tip: Store the cooled focaccia, wrapped in foil or plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
Variation: Spelt Baking Powder Focaccia

Replace the white whole wheat flour with an equal amount of whole grain spelt flour.

Toppings in Photos

Add these or any other toppings to the uncooked dough and sprinkle with the coarse sea salt as directed above.

Rosemary-Garlic: 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary plus 3 thinly sliced garlic cloves (push the slices of garlic into the dough)

Tomato-Black Pepper:1 medium, thinly sliced tomato (pat with paper towels to remove some excess moisture before placing on the dough), some bits of leftover goat cheese (about 1/4 cup—completely optional) and about 5 turns of freshly cracked black pepper.

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Friday 7th of June 2019

The recipe calls for bread flour, which I don't have. Can spelt flour be substituted? Thanks


Tuesday 11th of June 2019

Hi Lana, I am not sure how that would come out. This is such a basic recipe, I think it would still be quite good. I used bread flour because of the higher gluten content (gives more body to the bread in combo with the wheat flour). But I have changed my ideas about flours since writing that post years ago; The gluten in spelt flour is more delicate than that in wheat flour, but it think it would make a lovely quick focaccia.

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Saturday 6th of June 2015

[…] I had purchased for another recipe. So, long story short I whipped up this bread referencing this recipe and this recipe. (The recipe in the magazine was a little bit more extensive than what I […]


Monday 14th of May 2012

Can't wait to try this. Just the photo makes you want to partake!!


Thursday 10th of May 2012

Hi Anonymous,

Oh shoot, sorry to hear that. I am guessing it was too thick? 1/2 inch will look pretty thin-plus (even thinner where you dimple with your fingers--almost all the way ) but it will puff up once baked. Might you have had it too thick? Try again much thinner (even pull out the old ruler) then let out some stress with the dimpling :) Let me know!


Thursday 10th of May 2012

Hi Martha! Hope you do :)

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