Savouries

Whole wheat Fougasse

 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

 

rosemary

 

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…

 

 

Cheers.

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