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Overnight Focaccia Bread

Bubbly, crusty & so delicious! This Overnight Focaccia Bread recipe is super simple and so delicious!
Course Appetizer, Bread
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Focaccia
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rising Time 12 hours
Author Leona G.


  • Stand mixer fitted with a dough hook
  • Plastic bin with lid
  • 9x13 Sheet Pan


  • 3 C warm water
  • TSP instant yeast
  • ½ TSP sugar
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 5⅓ C bread flour spooned and leveled
  • 2 TSP kosher salt
  • 4 TBS olive oil divided


  • In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the warm water, yeast & sugar. Give it a gentle mix and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Once the mixture is bubbly, turn the mixer on low-med and add in the oil and bread flour one cup at a time. Then add your salt. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and let it mix for 8-10 minutes. The dough will be very sticky and stretchy. Using 2 tbs of the oil, thoroughly grease a plastic container big enough and transfer the dough. Cover and let it rise in the fridge overnight.

The Next Day

  • Remove the dough from the fridge. Thoroughly oil your baking pan with the remaining 2 tbs. Transfer the dough onto your prepared pan and gently stretch it out to fill the sides. Let it rise at room temperature for 1.5 hours, covered, or until doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 450° 45 minutes before baking.
  • Once your dough is doubled in size, drizzle the top with olive oil and grease your fingertips. Dimple your dough and top with your desired toppings. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the bread to come to room temperature before slicing into. Enjoy!


  • If you are baking this the same day, let your dough rise at room temperature for 1.5 to 2 hours, and then transfer it to your prepared baking pan. Allow another hour of rise time before baking.
  • After dimpling your dough, you can top with your favorite herbs & spices. Olives & tomatoes are also delicious.