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Spelt and Olive Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Spelt and Olive Focaccia Bread Recipe by Danielle Minnebo

Credit: Danielle Minnebo

Focaccia bread is one of the easiest breads to make as it requires very little rising time. I’ve topped this recipe with olives and rosemary, but you can use roasted pumpkin and goat cheese or just have it plain with no topping.

Makes: 1 focaccia



  • 2 tbsp dried instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 325mL warm water
  • 475g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup pitted olives
  • 2–3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  1. Add yeast and sugar to warm water, stir, cover and allow to stand for 5 mins. Add spelt flour to large bowl along with salt and 2 tbsp olive oil. Mix together, make well in centre and pour in yeast water mixture. Mix together until sticky dough forms and tip onto floured surface. Knead for 15 mins until dough is soft and elastic. Set aside in bowl, covered, for 60 mins in warm place.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line baking tray with baking paper. Turn dough out onto floured surface, knock out air and knead for a few mins.
  3. Roll out dough into desired shape. Cover again and allow to sit in warm place for another 20 mins. Uncover and press dimples into dough using fingers. Push in olives, sprinkle with rosemary and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil.
  4. Bake for 25–30 mins until golden brown.


Danielle Minnebo

Danielle is a university-qualified nutritionist, a passionate home cook and founder of Food to Nourish. Danielle’s love affair with cooking started at a very young age in the kitchen where she was taught to cook by her mother. Danielle is passionate about helping people form a better understanding of nutrition and a healthier relationship with the food they eat. In fact, she’s on a mission to help spread the real food message to as many people as possible. Throughout her work as a nutritionist, Danielle’s basic principles have always come back to how we cook and prepare our food. She believes it really is as simple as combining wholefood ingredients in the right way to create tasty dishes that are nutrient-dense and full of flavour.