Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

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Easy, Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread, perfect for dipping, sandwiches, or just eating straight off the pan.  Use the Instant Pot to quickly rise the dough!




  1. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, add 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 cups all purpose flour, wheat gluten, yeast, sugar or honey, salt, water, and ¼ cup olive oil.
  2. Start mixing dough at medium speed.  Slowly add last cup of whole wheat flour just until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and let it knead for 5 – 6 minutes.  If dough seems wet and is sticking to the sides of the bowl, sprinkle in a bit more flour, a tablespoon at a time, until it clears the sides.  The dough should be soft and pliable and not leave a lot of sticky residue on your fingers when poked.
  3. Scrape the dough onto a piece of parchment paper.  Grab the corners of the parchment paper and place it inside the pressure cooker pot.
  4. On the Instant Pot, select yogurt and adjust until it says “less”.  Some models may say 24:00 when in this “less” mode.  
  5. Place the lid securely on top and allow it to rise for 20 – 25 minutes until almost doubled and puffy.
  6. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto a 10×15 inch pan and use a pastry brush to cover the entire pan.
  7. Punch down dough.  Use the corners of the parchment paper to lift dough from pot and place dough onto the oiled pan.
  8. Press the dough to spread it to the edges of the pan.
  9. Flip the dough over and again press it to the edges of the pan.  It’s okay if it doesn’t spread completely into the corners.
  10. Use your fingers to make indentations in the dough, about 3 inches apart.
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.  This will take about 40 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 425°F. 
  13. Note:  I like to set the pan on the stove top while the oven preheats.  The warmth helps it to rise a bit quicker.
  14. When dough has doubled in size, gently remove the plastic wrap.  Generously sprinkle the top with Italian seasoning and flaky sea salt.
  15. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes,  until golden brown. 
  16. Cut into squares and serve warm.


Keywords: whole wheat bread, focaccia bread, yeast bread