This Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is ready in 1 hour flat! An easy, delicious bread recipe that is the perfect side dish to any meal!

This post is sponsored by ReganMillerJones, Inc and the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition on behalf of ProgressoTM. I received free samples of the soup mentioned and was compensated for my time.

Nothing beats a warm, cozy bowl of soup on a cold, snowy winter day! Nothing, that is, unless you eat a warm bowl of soup served with a side of homemade bread! This Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is an amazing recipe to have in your culinary tool belt! It is super easy, ready in 1 hour, and is bursting with flavor. It truly is one of the best sidekicks a bowl of soup could ever ask for!
This Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is ready in 1 hour flat! An easy, delicious bread recipe that is the perfect side dish to any meal!

Homemade bread fresh from the oven is seriously my Achilles heel. I could devour an entire  batch in a single sitting {if I didn’t have to share with 4 other people LOL}!  The only downside to making your own bread is the amount of time it takes! Never fear!  This Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread recipe is set apart because it is ready in one hour!

Yes it’s true! With only one rise {as opposed to the usual 2}, you can be eating fresh, homemade bread in one hour–flat! Not to mention the fact that topping this Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread with spices and parmesan cheese makes it out-of-this-world delicious!

This Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is ready in 1 hour flat! An easy, delicious bread recipe that is the perfect side dish to any meal!

However, man cannot live on bread alone…which is why I recommend serving this as a side dish to your favorite soup! Soup is the best! It’s quick and easy, loaded with veggies and comes in so many varieties! It’s the perfect weeknight combo for this busy momma of 3+! 😉

Here’s a little secret…my husband is in love with ProgressoTM soups. When we were first dating I went to visit him at work. He he had already packed his lunch, so I brought one for myself and we had a fun little mid-day date. He pulled out a can of ProgressoTM soup, opened the top, grabbed a spoon and just started eating it…right out of the can. That’s right, no warming it up. He claimed it was so good he didn’t need to. Needless to say I was a little horrified {I mean just put it in the microwave already}, but I had to agree with him that ProgressoTM does make some delicious soup.

I served this Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread as a side to Progresso’sTM new Hearty Chicken and Rotini soup and my whole family enjoyed it! We are super picky with our meat, which is why I’m so excited that  ProgressoTM now makes a variety of chicken soups made with 100% antibiotic and hormone free white meat chicken breasts! Their slogan, “White Meat Chicken With No Antibiotics. Ever.” is music to my mommy ears!

Plus, let’s be real folks. I’m getting more pregnant {stating the obvious right?} and feel less and less like cooking. Having nutritious options on hand, like ProgressoTM soups, that my husband can grab and take to work or we can eat for a quick dinner, is absolutely critical! Because I always have the ingredients for bread on hand {hello flour, water, etc}, but don’t always have all the fixin’s for a great homemade pot of soup!

Possible Substitutions in this Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread recipe: 

As always I recommend making this recipe exactly as written, but here are a few possible substitutions:

Whole Wheat Flour: You can substitute the whole wheat flour with all-purpose flour, however I highly recommend using whole wheat for the added nutritional benefits and taste!

Honey: I have used granulated sugar in place of honey with great results! Using granulated sugar also makes this bread vegan!

Topping – olive oil: You can use a mixture of butter and olive oil (or just butter) to brush on the bread if you’d like to add a little buttery flavor. I use flavored olive oils (like garlic or herb-infused) and love it!

Topping – parmesan cheese: Feel free to omit parmesan cheese for a vegan/dairy-free version!

This Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is ready in 1 hour flat! An easy, delicious bread recipe that is the perfect side dish to any meal!

Whole Wheat Skillet Focaccia Bread

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6-10 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Grease a large, 12” cast iron skillet, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together water, honey and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes or until foamy.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, Italian seasoning and salt. Set aside.
  5. In another small bowl, mix together Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Set aside.
  6. Once yeast is foamy (proofed), add oil and flour. Mix on low speed.
  7. Slowly increase your speed and knead in your mixer until dough pulls away from the sides.
  8. Transfer to a floured surface and knead until it’s smooth and no longer sticky ( you may need to add a touch more flour).
  9. Roll out your dough to fit the size and shape of your skillet.
  10. Put the dough in your prepared skillet. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  11. Once dough is risen, remove from oven and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
  12. Use your finger to make indentations in the top of the tough.
  13. Gently brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with the topping mixture.
  14. While dough is rising, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  15. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 -30 minutes.
  16. Let cool and eat!
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This Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is ready in 1 hour flat! An easy, delicious bread recipe that is the perfect side dish to any meal!

This Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is the best! Seriously, I made it for our small group and everyone raved about it! An easy recipe that tastes like you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen making it…. 😉

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