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Red Onion, Gruyere and Rosemary Fougasse

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Red Onion, Gruyere and Rosemary Fougasse

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 Red Onion
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus a little extra
100g Gruyere
few sprigs Fresh Rosemary
Sea Salt
7g sachet or 15g fresh yeast Yeast
500g plus some for dusting Strong White Bread Flour
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Caster Sugar
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Provencal style, leaf shaped sharing bread

Ingredients

Directions

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Fougasse is a type of flat bread that has been made since Roman times with its own variations across the empire from Pogacsa in Hungary to Monaco’s sweet fougasse. This fougasse is the type that would normally be served in Provence and is perfect with soup or as an appetizer.

As breads go this was simple and quick to make, a bit of kneading to start with. Then leave it to prove, add the toppings and a bit more proving until a short blast in the oven. The recipe makes enough for two leaves, so we made one with the ingredients below and another plainer one of salt and rosemary for the kids. It went beautifully with some tomato soup, perhaps try it with some gazpacho.

Thanks to the BBC Good Food site for the recipe. Next week we will try the sweet version from Monaco.

Steps

1
Done

Tip the flour into a mixing bowl. For easy-blend dried yeast, stir this into the flour. For fresh yeast, crumble it and rub into the flour as you would with butter when making pastry. Add the salt and sugar.

2
Done

Boil the kettle and measure 100ml into a jug. Top up with cold water to the 300ml mark. Test the temperature with your finger – it should feel perfectly hand-hot. Add the oil.

3
Done

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid all at once. Mix quickly using your hands or a wooden fork to make a soft and slightly sticky dough. Wipe the dough around the bowl to pick up any loose flour.

4
Done

Sprinkle the work surface with flour and tip out the dough. Knead by stretching it away from you, then folding it in half towards you and pushing it away with the heel of your hand. Give it a quarter turn and repeat, developing a rhythm.

5
Done

When the dough is smooth, put it back into the mixing bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 1 hr (no need to find a warm place). The dough is ready when it springs back when you press it with your finger.

6
Done

Thinly slice the onion and gently cook in the oil until softened, about 5 mins. Cut the Gruyère into small cubes. Chop half the rosemary.

7
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Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead in the onion and chopped rosemary.

8
Done

Using a sharp knife, cut the dough in half. Roll or press out one piece of dough to a rectangular shape about 20 x 25cm, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with non-stick paper. Make a large diagonal cut across the centre of the dough almost to the ends. Make three smaller diagonal cuts either side of the large cut to make a leaf shape.

9
Done

Repeat with the other piece of dough. Stick Gruyère cubes and rosemary sprigs into the dough at intervals, then sprinkle with a little flour and sea salt. Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 8. Leave the loaves to prove for 20 mins then bake for 13-15 mins until golden. Serve warm with soups and starters.

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