Focaccia Pepperoni Pizza is homemade focaccia bread topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. Try my Cheesy Onion Focaccia Bread for another tasty way to enjoy the Italian bread.
Focaccia Pepperoni Pizza
It all starts with the focaccia bread in this recipe. It provides a soft and thick crust that is topped with the traditional pepperoni pizza toppings. If you love pizza with a thicker crust, then this could be the recipe you make over and over again.
Focaccia Pepperoni Pizza Ingredients
Warm Water: To activate the yeast, the temperature of the water should be between 105-115°F. If the water is too warm (over 120°F), it will kill the yeast.
Active Dry Yeast: Active dry yeast needs to be proofed (or dissolved) in warm water before being added to the rest of the ingredients. This activates the yeast.
Olive Oil: Extra-virgin olive oil is best (it is least processed), but you can use regular olive oil in this recipe as well.
Flour: Use all-purpose flour for this recipe. If you do use cake flour, the bread may rise a bit more.
Toppings: I used pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. But, you could definitely add additional toppings if you like.
Focaccia Bread Dough
To make Focaccia Pepperoni Pizza, start by preparing the dough. In a large bowl, combine the yeast, water, and sugar. Stir this together and let it rest for five minutes. While that is resting, in a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, salt, and Italian seasoning.
Pour half of the olive oil mixture into the yeast mixture, setting the other half of the oil mixture aside for later. Stir in the flour and put the dough into a greased bowl. Cover the dough with a tea towel for about an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
How to Make Focaccia Pepperoni Pizza
Once the bread dough has risen, first, pour the reserved olive oil mixture into the bottom of a 9×11-inch baking dish. (You could use a 9×13-inch baking dish, but the bread will be thinner.) Next, add the dough to the dish and press it out to the edges. Dimple the dough with your fingers. You don’t need to press down hard, just make dents. Bake the bread crust for 12 minutes at 450°F.
After 12 minutes of baking, remove the bread from the oven and add the toppings. Cover the bread with the pizza sauce, followed by a cup of cheese, pepperoni, and the remaining half cup of cheese. Place the bread back into the oven to bake another 13-15 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly and golden brown. Serve hot.
Variations to Baking Focaccia Bread Pizza
If you would rather not bake the pizza in a traditional oven, you can use a convection oven or even an air fryer (if big enough). Follow the instructions as if baking the pizza in the oven. Use the same temperature and baking time for each. This will result in a crispier crust and the focaccia bread will not be a soft and fluffy.
Another fantastic way to cook this Pepperoni focaccia bread is to use an oven-safe (the best being cast iron) skillet. Use a 12-inch skillet and follow the instructions as written.
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Focaccia Pepperoni Pizza
Focaccia Pepperoni Pizza is homemade focaccia bread topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni.
- 1 cup warm water, 110°F-115°F
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, divided
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- ¼ cup pepperoni slices
In a large bowl, combine yeast, water, and sugar. Stir and let it rest for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, and Italian seasoning.
Pour half the oil mixture into the yeast mixture. Set the remaining oil mixture aside.
Add flour to the oil and yeast mixture and stir to combine.
Add dough to a greased bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let it rest for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
When ready, preheat the oven to 450°F.
Pour the reserved oil mixture into the bottom of a 9x11-inch baking dish. Use a pastry brush to coat the dish.
Add the risen dough to the baking dish and work the dough to the edges. Use your fingers to create dimples in the dough.
Bake the bread for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven to add toppings.
Top the baked bread with the pizza sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and the remaining half cup of cheese.
Bake for an additional 13-15 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly and golden brown. Serve hot.