Easy No-Knead dough with an amazing olive oil-soaked crisp crust. Topped with fresh tomatoes and herbs.
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, kosher salt, and yeast. Whisk together.
Add water. Mix just until all of the flour has combined with the water. The dough will look like a shaggy mess. That’s ok.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 12 – 18 hours on the countertop. DO NOT REFRIGERATE. This is not optional. It takes that much time to proof the dough. The reason why you need a large bowl is that the dough will start to rise.
After 12 hours the dough will look like this. It’s pretty sticky, but that’s ok it’s supposed to be.
Add olive oil to the skillet. Swirl to completely coat the bottom of the pan. Using a dough scraper, release the dough into the olive oil.
Oil your fingertips and gently lift the dough and stretch to the edge of the pan. Press fingertips into the dough to create several dimples all over the surface. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and set aside for 2 hours to rise.
Preheat oven to 450 ℉. When the dough has risen and signs of bubbles appear on the surface, oil fingers and gently create dimples in the dough. Carefully arrange and press the sliced tomatoes into the dough. Sprinkle with a couple of pinches of dried herbs and coarse flakey salt.
Cover the skillet with a pizza pan or foil that is crimped around the skillet. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove lid/pan or foil then bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and gently lift focaccia onto a cooling rack. If olive oil remains in the skillet, pour excess over the top of the baked focaccia.
It's best to cool focaccia completely before slicing. However, It is delicious hot! Top with fresh basil before serving.