100% Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

Focaccia bread is one of my favorite breads. Actually, now that I think about it, each and every bread is my favorite! Focaccia bread is similar to pizza, the main difference being focaccia having a thicker crust than pizza. I had so much fun baking my first focaccia that I had to make a whole wheat version of it.


After reading a lot of posts on whole wheat breads from Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads, I had to buy the book. I am an avid baker, but not by any chance a pro. So this book was a big help in understanding the science behind baking using whole grains. If you are really interested in whole grain bread baking, this book is definitely for you.

I adapted the focaccia recipe from the book. The book calls for a 17 x 12 inch focaccia. However, this being my first time with whole grains, I halved the recipe. The final product was a crunchy yet chewy warm focaccia. J had his with some asiago cheese spread whereas I was quite content with the plain focaccia dipped in olive oil!



Recipe: 100% Whole Wheat Focaccia
(Adapted from Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads)
(Makes 13 x 9 inch focaccia)


2 cups whole wheat flour (preferably fine grind)
1/2 + 1/8 tsp salt
1/2 + 1/8 tsp dry yeast
1 cup + 1 Tbsp water (room temperature)
3/4 tsp agave nectar
3/4 Tbsp olive oil

For Olive oil topping

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp sea salt


In a bowl, mix flour, salt, yeast, water and agave nectar for about 2 mins.The dough will be sticky, but smooth. Add olive oil to the dough and mix for another 15 sec. Let the dough rest, uncovered for 5 mins and then mix again for 2 mins. If the dough is too wet, add a small amount of flour.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to grease the parchment paper including the side walls. Place the dough on the sheet pan. Rub the top of the dough with 1 tsp of olive oil. Flatten the dough using the palms of your hands. The dough might not cover the entire pan. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight.

The next day remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit out for 4 hours. While the dough is resting, pour 1/4 cup of olive oil in a pan. Add all the dried herbs mentioned in the ingredients. Heat the oil for 3 mins. Let the oil sit at room temperature.

Remove the plastic wrap covering the dough and drizzle 1 tsp of olive over it. Using your fingertips, starting in the middle, press the dough so as to fill out the pan. The pressed dough may still not fill the pan. Loosely cover the pan and let it sit for 20 mins. Repeat this procedure again. The third time, pour the herbed oil and using your fingertips again press the dough. You will see air pockets as you press. This time the dough should fill most of the pan. Cover the pan and let the dough sit for 2 hours.


Preheat the oven at 500 degrees F. Add sea salt on top of the dough and place it in the oven. Reduce the oven temperatutre to 450 degrees F and bake for 15 mins. Rotate the pan 180 degrees and let it bake for another 11 mins.

Remove it from the oven and let focaccia cool on a wire rack. After 10 mins. slice it and serve with some olive oil.

This bread goes to Bread Baking Day # 13: 100% Whole Grains hosted by Jude of Apple Pie, Patis, & Pate.


19 Responses to 100% Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

  1. Jude says:

    I know what you mean by “favorite bread.” Mine is always the last one I baked ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love Reinhart’s books. Never had an epic fail with any of his formulas.

    You are so right about “favorite bread” Jude ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thank you for hosting the bread baking day event.

  2. Srivalli says:

    That looks so wonderful…I am still waiting to make my first..have seen this made in so many blogs..and everything looks so delicious…making it whole wheat is so healthy!:D

    Thank you Sri. Seeing everyone bake whole wheat bread inspired me especially after reading Peter Reinhart’s book.

  3. healthy focaccia..thanks for sharing..

    Thank you Athisaya!

  4. arundathi says:

    that looks wonderful and healthy. not sure if we get agave nectar… i wonder if you can substitute honey?

    Thanks Arundhati..and yes you can definitely substitute honey for agave nectar.

  5. sushma says:

    First time in ur blog nice one and nice recipes.. i hvnt baked yet waiting for…this looks yummy and helathy too

    Thank you Sushma for stopping by and I really appreciate your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sunshinemom says:

    Perfect! I just copied this for trying it out. I made a focaccia long back but I like this recipe with whole wheat!

    Thank you! Do let me know how it goes for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jayashree says:

    Lovely – looks so hole-y and wonderful.

    Thank you for visiting my blog Jayashree ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Priya says:

    I am not a huge bread-eater but I could eat focaccia all day long, with olive oil please, and still want to have it the next day. May be its time for me to make some now. The last time I made it I used boiled & mashed potatoes instead of plain water, inspired by one of the Daring bakers challenges.

    I love focaccia as well..but I have never tried baking a bread with potatoes. I bet that tasted great. I need to bake one of those.

  9. Priti says:

    Yum…perfect yummy looking bread..I’m kinda very bad in baking but this is so tempting me to try it…cant stop drooling over it

    Thanks Priti. I recently started baking as well. This is fourth bread and I have fallen in love with baking. Do give baking a try .. i find it relaxing.

  10. priyanka says:

    looks so elicious..

    Thank you Priyanka!

  11. Hima says:

    Wow! Foccaccia is looking so good. If it can be eaten as snack too, then why don’t you send it to my event called Sunday Snacks that I am hosting with the theme being bake it. For further details please check my blog.

    I’ll definitely send it to your event Hima. Will email you tonight.

  12. Usha says:

    Wow,healthy wheat focaccia…I love focaccia and would love to try this soon…it looks fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you Usha. It is healthier than regular focaccia and tastes great too.

  13. Rashmi says:

    the foccacia looks gorgeous!
    dipped in olive oil is how I love it too

    Thank you Rashmi. I think I can survive eating a delicious bread dipped in olive oil for the rest of my life..if it weren’t for my thickening waist line!

  14. sangeeth says:

    The bread looks so inviting….liked the colour too…healthy too

  15. Rachel says:

    Healthy version of focaccia…good one…

  16. zorra says:

    Great idea to bake foccacia with whole wheat flour. Looks great!

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  18. Have to try this. Foccaccia is one of my favourites! Never tried it with all whole wheat though.


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