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Easy No-Knead Rosemary Christmas Focaccia

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5 from 8 votes
Rosemary sprigs and cherry tomatoes arranged into a whimsical tree make this no-knead Christmas focaccia a beautiful holiday centerpiece.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rosemary Christmas focaccia in a skillet.

This Rosemary Christmas Foccacia bread is a work of art! Fresh sprigs of rosemary delicately arranged into a beautiful little Christmas tree adorned with cherry tomato ornaments make this no-knead homemade focaccia the perfect holiday centerpiece.


When most people think of Christmas treats, they think of cookies, candies, and cakes. But my thoughts go straight to this Rosemary Christmas Tree Focaccia!

Rosemary Christmas focaccia in a skillet.

We’re all right in the middle of preparations for Christmas. And while the “perfect” Christmas is often pictured as beautifully snow-covered, we can never count on that here in the South. Still, there are lots of ways to bring holiday cheer into our homes.

A great way to get into the spirit of the season is by baking this festive focaccia bread decorated with a fresh rosemary Christmas tree with cherry tomato ornaments.

It’s a savory treat that my family and I look forward to every year. Bake one and bring the taste of an Italian Christmas right to your kitchen table!


  • The recipe has easy to follow steps and you will love the results!
  • It makes a beautiful, festive (and delicious) centerpiece for holiday meals.
  • Impress guests and family with your Christmas focaccia art.
  • Fun for the family to make together. Kids love helping to make the festive Christmas Tree on top!
  • It’s a yeast bread that requires NO KNEADING. That’s reason enough to make it for me.

Equipment You’ll Need

About the Ingredients

All ingredients needed for the recipe.

For the Focaccia:

  • Yeast (If you’re unsure what kind of yeast to use, you can get a good overview from my Easy Homemade Bread recipe post.)
  • Flour (If you have bread flour you can use that. However, all-purpose flour works very well for focaccia.)
  • Olive Oil (Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil.)
  • Maldon Salt – or any flaky salt (Don’t run out and buy maldon salt just for this recipe. Use any kind of flaky salt or sea salt.)

For Decorating:

  • Fresh Rosemary Sprigs (Be sure there’s no water on the rosemary.)
  • Whole Cherry Tomatoes (Small-ish one are best.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make No Knead Rosemary Christmas Tree Focaccia

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

Proof the Yeast

In a medium bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of flour. Mix well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for ten minutes (this is called “proofing” the yeast).

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The water should be lukewarm – between 105 to 115 degrees F. A rule of thumb is to use water warm enough that you could comfortably wash your hands in it.

Mix the Dough

After 10 minutes the yeast should be bubbly and active.

To the bubbly yeast and water mixture, add the flour and salt. Stir together to form a dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside in a warm place (75 to 78 degrees F) to rise for one hour until doubled in size.

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If the yeast doesn’t appear bubbly and frothy after ten minutes, then one of a couple of things could have happened. Either the water was the wrong temperature (too warm or too cold) or you need new yeast. Yeast is a living organism and it’s important to use it before the expiration date on the packet.

Form the Focaccia

A skillet lined with parchment paper.

Line an oven-safe skillet or a baking pan with parchment paper.

Spread half of the olive oil over the parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto the parchment paper shaping it roughly into a rectangle. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for one hour.

Decorate

After the dough has finished rising, drizzle the remaining olive oil on top of the dough and a little onto your hands. Press your fingers into the dough to create dimples over the surface.

Arrange the rosemary sprigs and cherry tomatoes in the shape of a Christmas tree. Sprinkle salt lightly over the surface.

Bake

Bake in a preheated 350F degree oven for 20 minutes.

Finished christmas tree focaccia in a skillet with parchment paper.

Storage

This Festive Christmas Tree Focaccia is best stored at room temperature. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it on your counter, in a bread box, or even in the pantry. Home baked breads don’t last as long as their store-bought counterparts. The focaccia will last for about two days at room temperature.

To prolong the life of the bread, it can be stored in a closed bag in the refrigerator for about five days. It can also be stored well wrapped in the freezer for up to a month. Be sure to wrap it well with plastic wrap followed by foil and then place the wrapped bread in a zip top freezer-safe bag.

Tips and Variations

  • Be sure to proof the yeast for the full ten minutes to ensure that it’s active in order to get a good rise from the dough.
  • For easy clean-up, don’t forget to line your skillet or baking pan with parchment paper.
  • If you’d like to add extra “decorations” to your tree, use chopped bell peppers for a dash of color.

What To Pair With Your Festive Christmas Tree Focaccia

  • To make a full meal, pair the focaccia with a warm winter soup, such as minestrone or tomato soup.
  • To present the focaccia as an appetizer, center it on a large board and fill the surrounding board with a variety of meats and cheeses.
  • If you want something sweet to go with this easy no knead focaccia, oven-roasted figs with cinnamon, honey, and gorgonzola are an excellent pairing with the flavors of the bread and its toppings.
  • For your holiday cocktail party, pair the Rosemary Christmas Tree Focaccia with a delicious cranberry cocktail.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know when my focaccia dough has risen enough?

When the focaccia has adequately risen, it will be about double in size from the dough ball you originally mixed.

Can I add other toppings to decorate the tree?

Of course, you can add other toppings, such as diced bell peppers, to decorate your festive Christmas tree focaccia.

Why does focaccia have dimples on the surface?

The dimples on the surface of focaccia bread mostly help keep the bread from rising too quickly. They also act as little pockets for catching the olive oil and seasonings.

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

You can make this recipe gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend.

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Recipe

Rosemary Christmas focaccia in a skillet.

Easy Rosemary Christmas Focaccia

Rosemary sprigs and cherry tomatoes arranged into a whimsical tree make this no-knead Christmas focaccia a beautiful holiday centerpiece.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Breads, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Rising Time:: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 167kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For the focaccia:

  • 2 teaspoons yeast (one 1/4-ounce packet)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Maldon salt (or other flaky salt)

For decorating:

  • fresh rosemary sprigs
  • whole cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of flour. Mix well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for ten minutes.
  • After 10 minutes the yeast should be bubbly and active.
  • To the bubbly yeast and water mixture, add the flour and salt. Stir together to form a dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside in a warm place (75 to 78 degrees F) to rise for one hour until doubled in size.
  • Line an oven-safe skillet or a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Spread half of the olive oil over the parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto the parchment paper shaping it roughly into a rectangle. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for one hour.
  • After the dough has finished rising, drizzle the remaining olive oil on top of the dough and a little onto your hands. Press your fingers into the dough to create dimples over the surface.
  • Arrange the rosemary sprigs and cherry tomatoes in the shape of a Christmas tree. Sprinkle salt lightly over the surface.
  • Bake in a preheated 350F degree oven for 20 minutes.

Notes

Ingredients:
  • If you’re unsure what kind of yeast to use, you can get a good overview from my Easy Homemade Bread recipe post.
  • If you have bread flour you can use that. However, all-purpose flour works very well for focaccia.
  • Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Don’t run out and buy Maldon salt just for this recipe. Use any kind of flaky salt or sea salt.
Tips:
  • The water should be lukewarm – between 105 to 115 degrees F. A rule of thumb is to use water warm enough that you could comfortably wash your hands in it.
  • If the yeast doesn’t appear bubbly and frothy after ten minutes, then one of a couple of things could have happened. Either the water was the wrong temperature (too warm or too cold) or you need new yeast. Yeast is a living organism and it’s important to use it before the expiration date on the packet.
  • Be sure to proof the yeast for the full ten minutes to ensure that it’s active in order to get a good rise from the dough.
  • For easy clean-up, don’t forget to line your skillet or baking pan with parchment paper.
  • If you’d like to add extra “decorations” to your tree, use chopped bell peppers for a dash of color.
  • You can make this recipe gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend.
Storage:
  • This Festive Christmas Tree Focaccia is best stored at room temperature. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it on your counter, in a bread box, or even in the pantry. The focaccia will last for about two days at room temperature.
  • To prolong the life of the bread, it can be stored in a closed bag in the refrigerator for about five days.
  • It can also be stored well wrapped in the freezer for up to a month. Be sure to wrap it well with plastic wrap followed by foil and then place the wrapped bread in a zip top freezer-safe bag.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for a Christmas dinner yesterday, and it was a HUGE hit! Beautiful, and tasted great – will DEFINITELY make this again! Thank you!

  2. That’s gorgeous. You know that I really love savory bites. I’m making this! Just gotta figure out which neighbor has rosemary!