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Recipe: Italian Rosemary Focaccia



The Ultimate Lockdown Recipe: Italian Focaccia

If you’re like me, there is something about Italy in all of its glory that just… *sigh*… it gives me the ultimate heart eyes. The landscapes, the people, the romantic music you hear as you wander the cobble stone streets…the FOOD!

At EHL we celebrate all cultures, with a deep passion to travel and see righthand how other people live. One of the ways we love to learn about a culture and get a real taste for it (quite literally) is to savour their cuisine and even take cooking classes! Because food says so much about a culture!

Okay, I may be slightly biased as my mum is Italian and I hold an Italian passport, but hey – I don’t think I am alone in this!

Seeing as we have been limited and unable to frequent our favourite restaurants during lockdown, I have recently challenged myself to bake my favourite foods where  one of the most recent creations has been the traditional rosemary focaccia – oh yes!

The GREAT NEWS – this recipe is so simple and makes for a great addition to any picnic (seeing as we are spending more time at the park these days).

So, here is what you will need.


  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of fresh rosemary (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ teaspoon honey (thyme-honey if you have it!)
  • 2 ½ all-purpose flour (ideally Type 00 flour)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of milk (or milk alternative)
  • 1/2 cup green olives (and a few extra to nibble on, hehe)


Preparation: 10 minutes

Rise time: 1 hour

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total: 1 hour 30 minutes

  1. Preheat oven to 190 C.
  2. In a small pan, infuse the olive oil with salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic for 5 minutes over low-medium heat until it becomes aromatic. Do not let the garlic brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the yeast with warm water and honey and let sit for 5 minutes for the yeast to activate. You may notice bubbles form – this will allow the dough to rise!
  4. Add flour to the yeast, water and honey mixture, 2 tablespoons of the oil mixture and milk to combine. Knead the dough until smooth and in a consistent texture.
  5. Let the dough rise at room temperature or in a warm place for 1 hour where it will double in size.
  6. Transfer the leavened dough to a medium sized pan and add dimples to the top of the dough with your fingers. Add the olives on top and drizzle the remaining olive oil and herb mixture.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes until golden, do a little happy dance AND patiently wait to cool and enjoy!

I can already hear you saying ‘mamma mia I cannot believe I created this!’ – simple, delicious, a MUST try.

Let us know how you get on and share your mouth-watering creations by tagging @embodyhealthlondon_ on IG!


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