Gluten Free Focaccia Recipe

You won’t believe how close this Gluten Free Focaccia recipe is to regular focaccia. Made with gluten free bread flour, it’s one of the best gluten free yeast breads you’ll ever make!

Frequently Asked Questions about this recipe

What is the difference between instant yeast and active yeast? Can I use either in this recipe?

Recipes that call for “active yeast” or “active dry yeast” will typically direct you to dissolve the yeast in warm water before adding the yeast to the remaining ingredients. Instant yeast does not typically require this step.

While this gluten-free bread recipe calls for dissolving the yeast first using active yeast, it should work with instant yeast as well.

Can I make this recipe with a gluten-free flour blend or do I have to use gluten-free bread flour?

I have only tested this recipe with the gluten-free bread flour and no other different flours. I really liked how it turned out and recommend it for best results. That said, I suspect it will work with a different gluten free all purpose flour blend, but might not have quite as much rise and structure.

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gluten free focaccia

Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread

  • Author: Regan at This Baking Life
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


You won’t believe how close this Gluten Free Focaccia recipe is to regular focaccia. Made with gluten free bread flour, it’s one of the best gluten free yeast breads you’ll ever make!


  • 2 1/4 cups (about 350 g) gluten-free bread flour (such as King Arthur)
  • 4 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk powder or unflavored whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup sliced black olives
  • Flaky sea salt


  1. Add flour, dry milk powder, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum, and sugar to the large bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until combined.
  2. Remove 1 cup of the dry ingredients, and place in a medium bowl. Add water, yeast, and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, stirring to combine. Let yeast mixture stand at room temperature until thick and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
  3. Add yeast mixture to remaining flour mixture in stand mixer. Beat on medium speed using paddle attachment until thick and mostly smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let dough rise in a warm place 30 minutes. (As a gluten-free dough, don’t expect the same amount of rise as you would with a first rise of a regular yeast bread dough. In addition to yeast, this gluten-free dough uses baking powder for rising, which will be activated in the oven during baking.)
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray, and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle bottom of pan evenly with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and black olives.
  5. Remove dough in fourths from stand mixer, and arrange evenly in prepared pan. Using wet hands, press dough out evenly, covering bottom of pan. Let dough stand 10 minutes.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until top of the dough is set, focaccia is cooked through, and bottom is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack, bottom crust up. Sprinkle with flaky salt. Slice, and serve warm with balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil for dipping. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten free focaccia recipe

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