Sourdough Focaccia

by Mar 4, 2024

This is a same-day sourdough focaccia. It is a wet dough that needs a two-hour fermentation with stretch-and-folds at 30 minute intervals, and then a 3–4 hour pan proofing. It’s delicious and just the thing you want for dinner. If you aren’t doing sourdough, try my yeasted recipe, which is also very good!

recipe update 3/27/24, from original posted 3/4/24

Sourdough Focaccia

makes one pan 9- by 13-inches or two 8 or 9-inch rounds; adapted from Maurizio Leo, The Perfect Loaf


  • 125 grams sourdough starter active and ready to bake (ie. not discard)
  • 400 grams all-purpose flour Wheat Montana blue bag
  • 100 grams high protein flour, white or whole wheat or blend Conservation Grains Snowgoose
  • 425–450 grams water hold back the extra 25 grams to see if your flours need it
  • 14 grams olive oil
  • 13 grams Kosher salt or sea salt

Pan preparation and baking

  • ½ cup olive oil for the pan(s) and for topping use less if you like
  • olives, herbs, cherry tomatoes or other toppings optional


  1. Mix together the flours and 425 grams water, let rest/autolyse for 30 minutes.

  2. Add the starter and let rest for 30 minutes. Using the dough hook, mix the dough and drizzle in the 14 grams olive oil and 13 grams salt. Continue with the dough hook on a low-medium speed for 5 minutes. Add up to an additional 25 grams water to make a well-hydrated dough.

  3. Begin 2 hours fermentation with stretch-and-folds every 30 minutes.

  4. Prepare pans with olive oil, about ¼ cup for a 9- by 13-inch pan or 2 tablespoons each for two 8-inch rounds. Cover and begin 4 hours of proofing at room temperature. Every 30 minutes during the first 2 hours, poke and push the dough to the edges of the pan. At the end of proofing, dimple the dough by pressing your fingers to the bottom of the pan. Optionally decorate top with olives, herbs, or toppings of your choice. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil.

  5. Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake focaccia for 30 minutes, until top begins to brown. (Slightly less time one the smaller, rounds, like 25 minutes.)

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