Every time I hear Fougasse I remember one of the Saint-Tropez policeman of course from the great film.I need to laugh every time.
I have actually seen this summer colleagues of him.They were exactly like the ones in the film, standing near the beach with hands on the hips trying to look dirty or scary.It was so funny I could not resist to say Bonjour Monsieur, they were totally startled , they thought I did not knew they were checking me out.After stammered Bonjour Madame I went minding my business laughing my ass off.
In short Fougasse is not only a name but a flat French bread originating from the Provence.
I took a chance in making it the `other way`meaning healthy.
You will need.
250 gr. white flour
250 gr. whole wheat flour
10 gr. dry yeast
350 gr. lukewarm tepid water
good pinch of salt
green or black olives
some olive oil
In a big bowl mix the flour with the salt and yeast, add the water and try to knead a soft dough.If it is too soft add more flour, this happens sometimes because all the flours have different binding capacities.DO NOT worry.
Transfer the dough on your counter and drizzle some olive oil and knead until you feel it is elastic.
Put it in a large oiled bowl, cover with some cling film and leave it to rise for about 40 minutes.
Heat the oven to 180 C.
Divide the dough in two shape and flatten into ovals.Put onto
two baking trays and cut markings into each oval like a leaf using a pizza wheel.
Leave them to rise again for 20 minutes, then stud the loaves all over with olives, drizzle some oil, sprinkle some rosemary and put them to bed for 20 minutes or until golden.
Yes I know it is not a fast bread solution, but it is a very tasty one.A way to be near the Provence in any point of the Earth.
Me and my better half a desperate France lovers need sometimes to feel a slice of France in our plate.But you do not need to love the French to eat their bread, don`t you…