Fougasse with Faces

Fougasse bread dough made into silly faces

Anyone watch Great British Bake Off this week? Don’t worry there are no spoilers here on who went out but only on the technical challenge recipe… They had to make fougasse which is a French variation of flat bread (think of how similar the name is to the Italian version, focaccia which we all know so well). It usually has slashes in it. I have managed to make just two of the technical challenges so far – the jaffa cake recipe will be along at some point.

This is the recipe for Paul’s Herby Fougasse and this is my attempt:

Ingredients required for Great British Bakeoff's Botanical Technical Challenge
Ingredients required for Great British Bakeoff’s Botanical Technical Challenge

I woke up in the middle of the night, as you do, and thought it would be really fun to make ’emoticons’ out of this recipe….beats doing a leaf shape…. Mine aren’t quite emoticons as it is very difficult, wet and sticky dough to work around but ended up being fun faces anyway.

The recipe recommends using a pizza cutter to make the slits so since I don’t own one I used scissors instead which actually worked really well. A knife just doesn’t work.

They started off having eyes and open mouths….

Close-up of jam, crumble and almond topping
Close-up of jam, crumble and almond topping

But ended up mostly squinting….

Fougasse bread dough made into silly faces
Fougasse bread dough made into silly faces

Even this dough is a bit/very/incredibly sticky to work with, it makes a really nice crisp outside and a soft centre. The added fresh herbs are really great as are the oregano and salt on the outside. They would make a really fun addition to a bowl of soup.

Super tasty.

Annette

 

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