Fougasse is an herbed flatbread from the Provence region of France. Flavored with fresh sage, rosemary and thyme and crunchy salt crystals on top, it’s the perfect bread to serve alongside a simple meal, or as an appetizer with a soft goat cheese spread.
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This week I have a delicious homemade bread for you! I belong to a food blogger group, and every month we have the opportunity to be paired with another food blogger for a recipe swap. I haven’t been participating because life is seriously busy, but this month I decided to opt in, and I’m so glad I did!
I got Nayna Kanabar from Simply Sensational Food. With the freedom to choose any of her amazing vegetarian recipes, it was tough to decide. I scrolled through her wonderful blog for days before settling on this Fougasse.
Ultimately, my decision was made when I decided to pick something that would fit into my self imposed challenge to make a new freshly baked bread every day for a week. Check out my Instagram to see what other breads I’ve been baking up!
Back to Nayna – She lives in the U.K. and started Simply Sensational Food in 2008. Her blog is focused on sharing mostly Indian inspired recipes, all vegetarian, and also features restaurant, cookbook and product reviews. She has over 900 recipes! Make sure you stop by and see what delicious things Nayna has to offer.
What is Fougasse?
Fougasse is an herbed flatbread that is usually associated with Provence, but can be found in my regions of France. It’s a savory flatbread that originated in Rome where they cooked it in the ashes of a wood fire. As this type of flatbread diversified and spread to different areas, it became known as focaccia in Italy, hogaza in Spain, and fougasse in France.
The texture is crisp on the edges with tiny, airy pockets all through the middle. If you are familiar with focaccia, which is the most recognized of this family of breads, then you will find that this tastes almost exactly the same.
The shape is suppose to resemble a grain of wheat, but that has adapted a little, depending on where you are, so that it very often looks like a leaf. We’ve been calling it “leaf bread” around here since the little ones are prone to name things by the way they look.
This herbed flatbread might look intimidating to make, but it is really very simple.
Through this week of fresh breads that I’ve challenged myself to, I’m discovering that the hardest part of making bread is waiting for them to rise – sometimes multiple times. Other than that, they are very straightforward to make, especially if you have a stand mixer and are not mixing my hand.
We toasted the leftovers for breakfast the next morning and served them with runny eggs and a side of fruit – so perfect!
The fresh herb flavor is fantastic, and that salty crunch from the coarse sea salt on top really makes this bread something special.
The recipe makes two, but I could easily have cut the recipe in half and just made one for my family of 4 adults and 2 kids. They are each very large and a bit dense, so you don’t need more than a piece or two or you get too full.
Next time I will probably just freeze the other half of the dough so I have it on hand for another meal.
Go ahead – try making this for your family or friends and see how impressed everyone will be!
This recipe was originally posted on simplysensationalfood.com and has been reposted here with permission as part of Food Blogger’s Recipe Swap.
These recipes would go great with Fougasse: