Sunday, October 30, 2011
all about bread.fougasse
Bread always has been very important in the life of french people and there is never a meal without bread on the table. When I go to France I always have to visit the boulangerie in Antibes or Aix en Provence there so many different types of bread and" patisserie". It is just fun to look around and naturally to buy a few loafs.
By now you certainly get the idea that I love bread not only french bread but all kinds of bread. I like to experience with different types . Lately I am very fond of ciabatta which is delicious for sandwich,
I am not going to give you a recipe for french bread most french people do not bake their own bread they get it to the" boulangerie" which is better equipped to make bread. The ovens were always big giant brick ovens and there are still a few of them and a pizza cooked in this oven is the best.
When I moved to the USA I really did miss my french bread and there was not much of any other bread but white loaf. Now things have definitely changed and it is possible to find delicious breads. Cosco has the most delicious frozen french baguettes. They are so practical. They can be thawed out in about 10 mins and then popped in the oven and they are ready in about 15 mins . Publix has an excellent bakery and their breads are delicious.
I said I do not make french bread .but I make" Fougasse" the same bread italian make and call "focaccio".
"fougasse" is very easy to make and does't need any special equipment.
here is my recipe for "fougasse
1 3/4 cup warm water
1 package dry yeast
1 tbs sugar
5 cups all purpose flour and a little more for kneading
1 tbs Kosher salt
1 cup good virgin oil (a good tasting olive oil is very important in this recipe)
finally chopped rosemary
Place warm water in a bowl add the yeast and the sugar. Mix and let rest for about 15 minutes.
In a bowl combine the flour 1 tbs of the salt ,1 cup of olive oil the chopped rosemary and the yeast mixture. when the dough is mixed and has come together continue to knead together for a few minutes the dough should be smooth and soft. That operation could be done in a mixer but I like to play with the dough.
Put a plastic wrap over the bowl and let it stand for about 1 hour in a warm place.
Place the dough on a baking sheet cut some slits in the dough ,let raise for 30 minutes
Brush the top of the fougasse with the rest of the olive oil and some salt.
bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F for about 20 25 minutes
Notes :you can use different herbs for your fougasse , chopped dried tomatoes is also delicious.
Easy and delicious!