Cheat’s Focaccia with Feta, Olives and Rosemary

Let me be upfront, right from this start.

This isn’t a purists’s focaccia.  A typical Italian Mama will probably furrow her brow a bit. No yeast, no extensive kneading and no 24-hour prep cycles.

You probably heard of the 2-ingredient pizza dough before?  If not – reference here:  Pizza for Dummies with Fair Cape Dairies

So you get the idea.  No-fuss, no complications, no food snobbery here! This is perfect to whip up for a teatime snack, or as a starter with some homemade soup.  And you are guaranteed to have the two basic ingredients (yogurt and self-raising flour) at home.

Cheat's Focaccia with Feta, Olives and Rosemary











The basic recipe is so versatile, you can use it as a pizza base, to make breadsticks, garlic and cheese rolls, etc.  I want to try to make naan with this as well.  But for now, let’s keep it simple.

The recipe is:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (I used Double Cream) and 1 and 1/2 cup self-raising flour (and a pinch of salt).
  • You can hand-mix the batter with a wooden spoon or use your mixer with the dough hook attachment.
  • Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  • On a floured surface, form the dough in a flat circular shape, or whatever you prefer.  Keep it rustic!
  • Transfer to a prepared baking sheet.
  • If you find the dough too wet/sticky to handle, add a few additional tablespoons of flour.

I kept mine more like a rustic bread shape, but it can be a little flatter if you prefer the more traditional focaccia look.

This makes a small to medium focaccia loaf.  It is so easy to make a second or even third one, so you can whip up a batch in no time.

With the oven pre-heating on 180 degrees (Celsius), you can start to ‘dress’ your focaccia, adding a few ingredients on top.  This isn’t an ingredient-heavy pizza so you can keep it light!

Boozy Foodie 2-ingredient pizza focaccia











I stuck to the classic combination of olive (spicy!), feta, rosemary and coarse salt.  Faharna Farm Products’ Chilli Olives are simply delicious!  #SupportLocal

Boozy Foodie 2-ingredient pizza focaccia











Ready to go!  Bake in the oven from about 25 minutes or until golden brown.


Boozy Foodie 2-ingredient pizza focaccia











Cut in slices or wedges and serve with lashings of warm butter or balsamic and olive oil.

I made a ‘garden focaccia’ with the same ‘cheat’s dough’.  Will share that recipe soon!

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