Friday, 7 April 2017

Fougasse

Today's Bake is from France. This flat, round fougasse loaf is very popular all over France. The fougasse, the French version of the Italian focaccia bread, is topped with mixed herbs. The flat bread can be slashed to form shapes (a leaf, tree, or wheat stalk), or the slits can be cut to form a lattice, making the bread easy to pull apart.



I enjoyed making this bread. What I love most in this bread is the shaping. The dough is rolled into leaf shape and slashes are made with a knife and then they are separated to form the beautiful leaf shaped fougasse. You can do a variety of shapes in fougasse.

I Couldn't get the leaf shape perfectly. One of the reasons for that is my oven is of small size and I have a round tray. So coudn't expand the dough to get the leaf shape. I added garlic and basil leaves. The taste was awesome. We actually had it without any side dish and also packed it for one of our journeys.


Ingredients:

Flour – 2 cups
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Olive Oil – 2 tbs
Instant Yeast – 1/2 tsp
Dried basil leaves – 1/2 tsp, crushed
Warm Water – 3/4 cup
Garlic – 2 cloves, grated
Sesame Seeds – 2 tbs
Pepper Powder – a little


Method:

  • In a bowl mix together flour, salt, olive oil, instant yeast, garlic and basil leaves.
  • Add water and make a soft dough. Knead it for 3-4 minutes.
  • Apply oil in a bowl, place the kneaded dough inside, coat the top with oil and cover with cling wrap.
  • Set aside for 1 hour or until double in volume.
  • Punch down dough and dust with flour. Divide it into two portions.
  • Roll it into a thin triangle. With the help of a pizza cutter, make a slit in the middle, leaving one inch on both sides.
  • Now make diagonal side slits like the veins of a leaf leaving 1” intact between the centre cut and the sides.
  • Pull the dough to enlarge the cuts. Brush with milk, sprinkle sesame seeds.
  • Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • By the time, preheat oven to 220C.
  • Place the tray on the lowest rack and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Replace the tray on the top rack and bake for 5 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy piping hot..








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13 comments:

  1. The fougasse looks delightful. The idea of garlic flavoring is awesome!

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  2. The garlic flavored fougasse looks awesome!

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  3. same pinch - i loved the idea of adding garlic to this one

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  4. Love the garlic flavored Fougasse! I am in love with the shape of the bread. Can't wait to bake this soon.

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  5. Same pinch Ruchi. I made fougasse too and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  6. Fougasse is the winner hands down this time around.. gorgeous bread!

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  7. Fougasse seems to be the popular bake of the day. Fougasse looks prefect Ruchi.

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  8. I guess this was one of the popular pick for the letter..your fougasse has turned out good..

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  9. I guess this is the pick for the alphabet. Looks lovely perfect

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  10. Seems like a popular pick for letter F.. love that amazing shape you got there. Great bake.

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  11. F for Fougasse!..I can see so many of them..but each one has made it beautifully..now this bread ranks my bookmarks.

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  12. I guess it's the star bake of the day. You nailed it .

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