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Pepperoni Focaccia Bread

This Pepperoni Focaccia Bread is a delicious and easy recipe that the whole family will love. Made with fresh ingredients, this bread is the perfect side dish or appetizer for any occasion!

Slice of pepperoni focaccia bread on a small plate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe 

  • This recipe is easy to make so even beginner bakers can make it.
  • It’s also great as a side dish or appetizer for your favorite meals.
  • The bread is topped with smoky pepperoni and gooey cheese which make it downright crave-worthy.

Ingredients

gluten-free, italian seasoning, and pepperoni on a counter,

You will need a few simple ingredients to help you make this delicious pizza focaccia recipe.

  • Gluten-free flour
  • powdered buttermilk
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • corn starch
  • sugar
  • active dry yeast
  • warm water
  • olive oil
  • 4 ounces Pepperoni
  • Colby Jack Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning

Equipment 

You will need a few kitchen tools to help you make this recipe. Gather these tools so you can enjoy this recipe.

  • stand mixer with paddle attachment
  • 9×13 baking dish or 9 inch round baking dish
focaccia bread being topped with pepperoni and cheese,

How to Make Pepperoni Focaccia

Making this homemade gluten-free focaccia bread is easy. This is a quick overview of the steps that are needed to make the recipe, you can find the full recipe in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a stand mixer.
  2. Place the warm water, Olive oil, and Yeast, and about 1 cup of the dry ingredients in a small bowl, and stir to combine.
  3. Allow the yeast to bloom in the bowl at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the yeast mixture and dry ingredients and mix at medium/medium-high for about 5 minutes, with the paddle attachment.
  5. Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise for 45 minutes.
  6. Set the oven to 375, and grease a 9 X 13 dish or a 9-inch baking dish.
  7. Using oiled fingers press the dough into your baking dish.
  8. Leave the dough for about 10 minutes, and then sprinkle the top with the Italian seasoning.
  9. Place the pepperoni slices over the top of the bread, and sprinkle the shredded Colby Jack cheese on top of the pepperoni.
  10. Place the dish in the oven, and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until the top springs back when touched.
  11. Remove the bread from the oven, and place the bread onto a parchment paper lined wire rack to cool, removing it from the dish.
  12. Let the bread cool a bit, and then cut into generous pieces and serve immediately. Enjoy!
four pieces of pepperoni focaccia bread stacked on top of each other.

Substitutions and Additions 

Here are a few of my favorite ways to change up this delicious recipe.

  • Don’t need gluten-free? You can use your favorite all-purpose flour instead.
  • Feel free to change up the seasonings, garlic powder, onion powder, or even your favorite herbs will taste amazing on top of the bread.
  • You can also use different types of cheese. Cheddar, mozzarella, or even a Mexican blend would work well on top.

Storage

Store your bread in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days. A storage bag will work just fine for storing the bread.

slice of pepperoni focaccia bread on a small plate.

What to Serve With Focaccia Bread

I love to serve focaccia bread with a pasta meal like this Hamburger Casserole or this Shortcut Baked Lasagna. And, you can never go wrong with this Italian Cobb Salad.

Pro Tips 

Here are a few tips that you can use to help you make this easy pepperoni focaccia bread recipe.

  • I used a round pan, however a rectangular pan would also work for this recipe.
  • Make sure your yeast is fresh for the best rise. Old yeast can result in a dough that doesn’t properly expand.
  • If the dough seems too sticky to handle, oiling your hands can make it easier to press into the pan without sticking.
  • For an extra crispy bottom, you can preheat your baking dish in the oven as it comes up to temperature before adding the dough. This mimics a pizza stone effect.
  • Allow the focaccia to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it. This resting time helps the bread to set and makes for cleaner slices.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this pepperoni focaccia recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

Can I make this focaccia bread without a stand mixer?

Yes, you can make it without a stand mixer. While a stand mixer makes the process easier, especially when it comes to mixing the dough, you can mix the ingredients by hand. However, you will need to knead the dough for at least 5 minutes by hand.

Can I freeze leftover focaccia bread?

Yes, you can freeze leftover focaccia bread. To do so, wrap the bread tightly in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer bag. It can be frozen for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, thaw the bread at room temperature.

More Homemade Bread Recipes You May Enjoy

slice of pepperoni focaccia bread on a small plate.

Pepperoni Focaccia Bread

This Pepperoni Focaccia Bread is a fluffy bread that has a crispy bottom and with a gooey cheese and pepperoni topping. It’s great as a side dish for all your favorite Italian meals.
Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword Pepperoni Focaccia Bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 Slices

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups Gluten free flour
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package Red Star yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 4 ounces Pepperoni
  • 6 ounces Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning – sprinkled on top

Instructions

  1. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, place the flour, powdered buttermilk, baking powder, salt, corn starch, and sugar and mix together until well blended, and set aside.
  2. Place the warm water, Olive oil, and Yeast, and about 1 cup of the dry ingredients in a small bowl, and stir to combine. It may be a little lumpy, but that’s okay.
  3. Set the yeast mixture aside for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly, and fragrant with the yeast.
  4. At that time, add the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix at medium/medium high for about 5 minutes, with the paddle attachment. The dough will be thick and a little sticky, but that’s okay.
  5. Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise for 45 minutes.
  6. Set the oven to 375, and grease a 9 X 13 dish.
  7. Oil your fingers, and move the dough into the 9 X 13 dish, pressing the dough out to the edges of the dish.
  8. Leave the dough for about 10 minutes, and then sprinkle the top with the Italian seasoning.
  9. Place the pepperoni slices over the top of the bread, and sprinkle the shredded Colby Jack cheese on top of the pepperoni.
  10. Place the dish in the oven, and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until the top springs back when touched.
  11. Remove the bread from the oven, and place the bread onto a parchment paper lined wire rack to cool, removing it from the dish.
  12. The bottom of the bread will be golden and crunchy.
  13. The top will be gooey with melted cheese and seasonings.
  14. Let the bread cool a bit, and then cut into generous pieces and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.

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