50–75 g bubbly, active sourdough starter (try Rogers Foods recipe for starter)
375 g water
20 g honey
500 g Rogers Foods All Purpose Flour (bread flour can be used as well - see notes)
9 g fine sea salt
2–3 tbsp olive oil, for coating the pan
Assorted Toppings (optional): rosemary, garlic cloves, flaky seat salt, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, olives etc.
Choice of Flour: You can use bread flour or all purpose flour to make sourdough focaccia. Bread flour yields a slightly chewier focaccia with a higher rise. All purpose flour creates a more tender focaccia. If you prefer to use all purpose flour, make the following changes to ensure success: decrease the water to 325-350 g (start small and work your way up)
Sourdough Starter, Quantity: If the weather is cold, use a higher amount of starter to give the dough a boost when doing a long, overnight rise. The recipe has given you a range so you can decide what suits you best.
For Baking: You will need a rimmed sheet pan or a non-stick, (9×13-inch or 10×14-inch pan


1.Before you begin: decide when you want to make the dough. The instructions (below) outline a long, overnight rise @ 68-70 F (20-21 C) Alternatively, you can rise the dough during the day. Please refer to the sample schedules in the post above and choose what suits your needs.Make the Dough: In the evening: whisk the sourdough starter, water and honey together in a large bowl (I use a fork for mixing). Add the flour and salt. Mix to combine and then finish by hand to form a rough dough. It will be wet and sticky. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes to an hour. Timing is flexible here. Then return to the bowl and work the dough into a ball.  
2.Bulk Rise: Cover the bowl of dough with lightly oiled plastic wrap (or transfer the dough to a lightly oiled dough container). Let the dough rise overnight at room temperature, approximately 68-70 F (20-21 C) for about 12+ hours. The dough will double in size (or more) when ready. Note: if the weather is warmer than 68- 70 F (20-21 C) the dough will rise faster than 12+ hrs. Please adjust your timeframes accordingly.
3.Second Rise: In the morning, pour 2 tbsp. of olive oil onto a rimmed sheet pan (or 1 tbsp. olive oil if using a non-stick rectangular pan. Use your hands to evenly coat the bottom and sides. With your oiled hands, remove the dough onto the pan, and then flip it to coat both sides. Cover and let rest for 1 1/2- 2 hours or until very puffy Try using an inverted sheet pan to cover the dough). Preheat your oven to 425 F (220 C). Note: If you rest your dough in a warm spot, usually on top of the oven while it preheats, the dough becomes soft and bubbly. 
4.Assemble the Focaccia: Right before baking, gently dimple the dough with oiled fingertips. I start at the bottom of the pan and work my way to the top. As you dimple, the dough will naturally begin to stretch outwards. You should end up with a rustic rectangular or oval shape, about 14 x 9-inches (36 x 23 cm) or larger. The dough won’t go all the way to the corners and sides of the sheet pan- this is OK. Note: If using a rectangular pan, the dough will naturally fill the shape of the pan.
5.Add Focaccia Toppings (optional): Press your preferred toppings into the dough. As the focaccia rises, the dough will puff up. The toppings will pop out if not properly anchored. If using garlic, I keep the cloves wrapped in their papery peels to prevent burning. Remove and discard the peels before eating.
6.Bake the Focaccia: Place the dough onto the center rack. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before cutting. TIP: To par-bake focaccia dough: Bake or approximately 15-18 minutes @ 425 F (220 C). The crust will be set, very pale in colour and golden underneath. Remove the focaccia from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Once completely cool, wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 6 hrs. To finish, return to the pan and bake for 12-15 minutes.
7.To serve, cut the focaccia into wedges or squares and enjoy warm!
9.Thank you to The Clever Carrot for all of their amazing tips on creating various sourdough recipes! We tried many and theirs is amongst the best and easiest to follow.

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