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Shamrock Bread

Shamrock Bread

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this easy Shamrock Bread! It starts with a homemade focaccia bread recipe, that’s beginner-friendly and only requires 5 simple ingredients.

Then we’ll decorate the top with green bell peppers and fresh parsley to make adorable, edible shamrocks. The result is a festive – and delicious! – homemade bread for St. Patty’s Day ☘️

bell pepper focaccia bread recipe

Shamrock Bread

Nicole Vranjican
Shamrock Bread is a simple, homemade focaccia bread recipe topped with green bell peppers to create adorable, edible shamrocks for St. Patty's Day!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rest Time 3 hours
Course Bread, snacks
Servings 1 loaf


  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • 1 small bowl
  • cookie sheet


  • 2Β½ cups warm water about 110 degrees
  • 2Β½ tsp maple syrup
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 5 cups bread flour 625g
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided


  • 1 large green bell pepper sliced into rings
  • flakey sea salt I use and love this one!


Activate the Yeast

  • Combine the warm water, maple syrup, and yeast in a bowl. Stir and then allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
    πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³Tip: the water should be warm but not hot for best results.

Make the Dough

  • In the meantime, combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk well and then add the yeast and water mixture.
    πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ Tip: You don't need a scale for this recipe, but inexpensive food scales can make a BIG difference when baking. Here's the one I have.
  • Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to mix until a shaggy dough appears. Then use clean hands to knead the dough in the bowl for one minute.


  • To knead the dough, pull the dough upwards from the top of the bowl and fold it downwards. Then rotate the bowl 1/4 turn and repeat, lifting and folding as you go to stretch out the dough. Watch me do this here for a visual.
    πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ Tip: it's a good idea to oil your hands with a little olive oil before doing this, because the dough will be pretty sticky.
  • Then add 4 tbsp of olive oil to another large mixing bowl and rub it all over the sides of bowl so it won't stick.
    πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ Tip: This will look like way too much olive oil but trust me, it's part of the recipe, not just to prevent sticking. The remaining olive oil will get mixed in later and it contributes to the overall flavor of the bread, so don't skimp!


  • Cover the bowl tightly, and allow the dough to rest in a warm place for 2 hours.
    I let it hang out in the oven – make sure it's TURNED OFF first lol – and just put the oven light on for warmth β˜€οΈ


  • After the first rise, knead for one more minute, following the same lift and fold method from before. Mixing in the remaining olive oil and you knead.
  • Then grease a cookie sheet with the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and transfer the dough to the pan. Don't try to shape it yet, just let it be for another hour to relax and rise.

Decorate + Bake

  • After that, pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Now that it's rested, you should be able to stretch the dough to the edges of the pan.
    Shape into a 9×13 inch rectangle, and then use your fingers to dimple the bread to create an even layer.
  • Then add your sliced bell peppers on top and sprinkle with 2 big pinches of flakey sea salt. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until deeply golden brown.

Slice + Serve

  • Allow to cool before slicing, then cut into long strips using a serrated knife like this one. Enjoy your homemade focaccia as is, or serve alongside soups, salads, or cruditΓ©s for a delicious and festive snack!

Like this recipe?

  • If you enjoy this bread recipe, please rate and review below! It really helps support my website and allows others to more easily find my recipes πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ I really appreciate it! Happy baking ❀️ Nicole
Keyword bell pepper shamrocks, focaccia bread, shamrock bread, soda bread, vegan bread recipes, vegan st patricks day recipes

Note, this recipe was inspired by an old favorite Bon Appetit recipe, which I love and totally recommend, but my version is veganized, paired down quite a bit, and my method is different because I like to knead the dough and don’t use the overnight resting method. I think of this as a simpler, vegan version of their OG No-Knead Focaccia, but both work well.

If you enjoy this vegan focaccia bread recipe, please rate and review below! It helps support my website and allows others to more easily find my recipes πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ I really appreciate it! Happy baking ❀️ Nicole

Nicole Vranjican

Hey! I’m Nicole and I make practical vegan recipes for REAL life. I cook with simple, easy to find ingredients and I’m passionate about creating delicious plant-based meals that everyone will love!

I hope you enjoy my recipes and videos :) Happy Cooking!

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  1. Carly Carter
    March 11, 2024 / 6:08 pm

    5 stars
    This is a great one! Needed to clean out the pantry and veg drawer so I made a couple modifications.. Used half whole wheat, half bread flour, thinly shredded 2 carrots and a half red ,and half yellow pepper as well as one onion. Mixed the 2 cups of veg as well as 1/4 cup of pesto into the dough. Baked as directed. Not as pretty as the one above but tasted terrific! Like all of Nicole’s recipes that I’ve tried, full proof.

    • Nicole Vranjican
      March 14, 2024 / 5:01 am

      Thank you Cindy!! I appreciate you taking the time to leave this comment πŸ™‚ So happy it turned out well, and I love that you used half whole wheat flour and all the extra veggies you had in the fridge. That’s such a good idea! Thanks for sharing ❀️ Hope you have a great day!

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