Easy Fougasse Bread Recipe
Fougasse is the French cousin of Italian focaccia, an oval white bread seasoned with olive oil and salt cut to resemble an ear of wheat. It’s remarkably easy to make using a few simple ingredients.
strong white bread flour
Shetland sea salt
fast-action dried yeast
extra virgin olive oil
plus extra, to brush
Place flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Stir to combine.
Add the water and olive oil, and mix with a wooden spoon until it forms a dough.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for one hour.
Knock back the dough, knead briefly and divide into two pieces.
Roll each piece into an oval shape about an inch thick.
Using a sharp knife, cut two slits down the centre of the bread, leaving about three inches between each cut.
Cut six holes on either side of the centre cuts, and arrange into an ear of wheat shape.
Cover and leave to rise a further 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat your oven (and your pizza steel, if using) to 220 C/ 200 C fan/ Gas 7.
Brush each loaf with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, and brush on more olive oil and salt while still warm.
sprinkle with flavoured salt - I like
Saltverk's Arctic Thyme sea salt
red onion, gruyere & rosemary - sprinkle the dough at step 5 after shaping with sauteed red onion, gruyere cheese and chopped rosemary
mixed herbs - simply sprinkle with your favourite chopped, dried, herbs after brushing with the olive oil. Try rosemary & thyme fougasse, or herbes de Provence
red onion, cherry tomato & rosemary
three cheese - sprinkle a mixture of grated Gruyere, Comte and Cantal cheese over the top of the fougasse after brushing with the olive oil
olive fougasse - knead in a handful of chopped, pitted olives before proving the dough
Recipe from www.elizabethskitchendiary.co.uk