About this recipe:This recipe for fougasse, the French version of the Italian focaccia bread, is topped with mixed herbs. The flat bread can be slashed to form shapes or the slits can be cut to form a lattice, making the bread easy to pull apart.
350ml (12 fl oz) warm water (45 C)
1 teaspoon dried active baking yeast
500g (1 1/8 lb) plain flour
1/2 tablespoon dried basil, divided
1/2 tablespoon dried savory, divided
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme, divided
1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary, divided
2 tablespoons sea salt
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons polenta
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Method Prep:1hr40min › Cook:20min › Ready in:2hr
Pour water into a large bowl. Sprinkle yeast into water, and let it stand undisturbed until dissolved.
Stir 1/4 the flour, half the herbs, sea salt and 2 tablespoons oil until well blended. Mix in the flour, a little at a time, until a thick and somewhat sticky dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Form into a ball, and place into an oiled bowl. Turn the dough to coat the surface. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel, and let it rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down, and divide in half. Shape into an irregular oval loaves, about 3cm (1 1/2 in) thick. Sprinkle polenta over 2 baking trays; transfer dough to trays. Brush each loaf with the remaining olive oil, and sprinkle the remaining herbs on top. Make several slashes in the dough with a knife. Cover the loaves with clean tea towels. Let rise until the dough begins to rise again, about 20 minutes.
Place baking trays into a preheated 220 C / Gas mark 7 oven. Quickly splash a small amount of water onto the bottom of your oven to create steam, and close the oven door. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
Savory, or summer savory, is an aromatic herb originating from southern Europe. Its scent resembles mint and thyme.
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This was an easy, successful foray into breadmaking! It was delicious! I didn't have sea salt so I just used regular salt & added a little to the top before baking - it was just right! I'd make this for guests! - 14 Jul 2008
I made this bread this evening and it was delicious. I teamed it with Kristy's Chicken with tomatoes and green beans, another great recipe - 23 Jun 2010
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This is a great recipe, after you realise not to add the full 2 tablespoons of sea salt. 1 1/4 tablespoons of sea salt or coarse salt is enough. I actually used flavoured rosemary oil instead of the plain olive oil. Freezes exceptionally well. It is great if baked in a muffin tin too! - 14 Jul 2008