FFwD: Provencal Olive Fougasse

Provencal Olive Fougasse

Oh my, this was so good! I think this is my favorite French Fridays with Dorie so far…and that’s saying a lot, because I’ve really liked pretty much everything (except the sardines, which this totally makes up for).

This is also bread that I thought, looks much more complicated than it is — always a plus. I actually can’t wait to make this one again.

1. I used a mix of kalamata and mixed Mediterranean olives, as I didn’t have any oil-cured ones. But I really want to try it with the right kind of olives next time.
2. Halved the recipe as I usually do so I got one loaf.
3. I added a 1/2 tsp of herbes de Provence to the dough.
4. I could probably have eaten the whole loaf a few minutes it came out of the oven but I decided it would probably be nice to leave some for jwa.
5. Oh, I might have had a bit too much flour in mine as it never seemed as loose as Dorie said it would be. Mine felt like regular bread dough.
6. I baked my bread on a pizza stone and I got a nice, crunchy bottom.
7. And finally, I found the recipe online at Serious Eats, so here’s a link to it if you don’t have Around My French Table yet but want to try this one.

Okay, here are everyone’s posts and my photos below.

Provencal Olive Fougasse
A mix of chopped olives.

Provencal Olive Fougasse
Adding it all into the dough.

Provencal Olive Fougasse
After resting overnight in the fridge, patted out and ready to start rolling.

Provencal Olive Fougasse
Leaf shapes cut and spread open.

Provencal Olive Fougasse
After about 18 minutes in the oven, mine got pretty golden (and yes, I’ve started eating it already).

Provencal Olive Fougasse
Looking good inside, I even got some nice air holes.

16 Replies to “FFwD: Provencal Olive Fougasse”

  1. Paula: Thanks! And rustic is good! 😉
    Cher: Thank you. I actually brought a big chunk to work today for a snack (along with some goat cheese)…
    Lola: Thanks! 🙂

  2. I agree…this was a winner! And thanks for showing how far out you need to stretch those holes to keep them open 🙂

  3. Beautiful job. Tricia and I both enjoyed this recipe and would like to experiment with other
    ingredients. I really think those sardines will go down as the worst recipe yet, although, believe
    it or not I liked it. Lovely photos.

  4. Lovely fougasse…looks so delicious! So glad this was a winner for you…we loved it, too! I couldn’t even bring myself to make the sardines…that was a no go for me!

  5. You did a good job ! Olive and lemon zest packed french bread and freeform shape…who doesnt like it. I love it! Will be making this again coz it is so simple and easy to make…and forgiving too 🙂

  6. Bingo. I am going to bake mine on a pizza stone also. I just purchased an Emile Henri stone. Since it was expensive I would like to use it a lot. Although I absolutely loved the fougasse, I wouldn’t mind having it a little more crusty. Like you, I found it simpler to make than it actually looked. I plan to make it often and try all kinds of variations.

  7. Nice photos of your mix-ins. I’ll have to try the pizza stone next time. I think this would be good with any kind of olives. I did use the oil-cured ones, and you should definitely try them if you can find them. I love brined olives, but the oil-cured ones seem to have a different sort of flavor. I always find them much fruitier than the brined ones.

  8. I really liked using the different olives 🙂 I bet you would like it with any kind of olives!
    Williams Sonoma makes a great pizza stone that is rectangular (about the size of a baking sheet, but a bit wider) for $45 and its great! I love that its not circular so I can bake all sorts of breads with it too!

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