Herbed Fougasse

Day 8 BM #51 - 

Fougasse is a French Bread which is a market specialty in the south of France. It is known for its unique shape of slashing the dough and stretching it to resemble a tree.

The first time I came across Fougasse (pronounced as Foo-Gaas) was at Varada's space. I later on found various versions with different combinations of spices and herbs. Since my kids are fond of olives, I tried this bread with chopped olives and the result was a super hit with my family and friends.

Ingredients - 

All Purpose Flour 1 cup
Whole Wheat Flour 1 1/4 cup
Salt 3/4 tsp
Herbes de Provence 2 tsp
Olive Oil 3 Tbsp (divided use)
Olives, finely chopped 1/4 cup
Sugar 1 tsp
Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp
Warm Water 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp
Milk 1 Tbsp for Brushing

Method Of Preparation -

In half a cup of warm water, add sugar and yeast. and set aside in a warm place for the yeast solution to froth up.

In a mixing bowl, add the flours, salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chopped olives and mix well.

After the yeast solution has frothed up, add it to the flour mixture and mix to get a sticky and elastic dough. (I used the stand mixer and worked for about 10 minutes to get the sticky dough).

Oil a bowl, and place the dough in a warm place for about 2 hours, so the yeast can work its magic.

After the dough has doubled, place it on a floured surface and stretch it using your hands. Make a rectangle which is about 1 cm thick and place it on a parchment paper lined baking tray.

Imagine a center vein like that of a leaf and slash 3-4 diagonal cuts on either side of the center vein. (See picture for clarity). Brush it with milk and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes while the oven gets preheated.

Preheat the oven to 375 °F.

Place the baking tray with prepared dough in the oven and bake for 18 minutes. I broiled for a couple of minutes for a darker hue.

Remove and slice it as needed. Dip it in melted butter and enjoy.

Preparation Time 15 min + 2 hrs resting time + 20 min 
Makes a bread 13 inch X 7 inch 
Posted by Harini R on Thursday, April 9, 2015


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Perfectly baked.. I love this bread...

  3. looks nice..

  4. Bread looks nice and perfectly baked

  5. Rajani S Says:
  6. I used to think of Fougasse as the 'mask' bread. It looks nice and great choice of spices

  7. Srividhya Says:
  8. Herbed breads are amazing. Just these breads with butter itself is a meal for me. Great

  9. Its in my to do list,you made it so perfectly.Addition of olives make the bread even more tastier..

  10. So glad you found a version your family likes. There are so many versions and flavors of this bread. Turned out super.

  11. Priya Suresh Says:
  12. Fougasse is our family favourite, love them topped with loads of cheese.

  13. dip in melted butter...i melted at that line..

  14. Superb bread, taste even more delicious with cheese.

  15. Pavani Says:
  16. I have wanted to make this for a while now. You are tempting me to try it real soon.

  17. Marvelous bread..looks real good, well baked with amazing flavors.Varada sure has a treasure:)

  18. Srivalli Says:
  19. Looks amazing Harini, I have whole lot bookmarked!

  20. Looks beautiful!! i too baked them, but a sweet version with orange-blossom water!!! Looks perfect!

  21. Looks perfectly baked. I am yet to try this cute bread...

  22. I have also bookmarked this recipe from Varada's space! I am yet to try it...Your looks so good. Love the olives in the bread!

  23. veena Says:
  24. Awesome bread. Looks yumm

  25. Padmajha Says:
  26. You have baked this so well! and beautiful flavors too...

  27. Archana Says:
  28. Beautifully done fougasse. I love teh idea of using chopped olives sure my kids will love it.

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