French Fridays with Dorie: Provençal olive fougasse

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – Provençal Olive Fougasse (pp 48-49) was another relatively easy one.  It’s a flatbread similar to a foccacia and this one is flavoured with olives (or tapenade in my case!), rosemary and olive oil. The only difficult part was the timing – the dough has to rise for an hour or two and then it needs to chill in the fridge for as long as overnight so don’t start it an hour before you need it!  I liked the tapenade flavour – it was nice and pronounced – but next time I might, ahem, make sure I have the right ingredients before I start. I also used thyme instead of rosemary.

Fougasse is meant to be a pretty leaf shape, made just so by the tears and slashes in the dough but mine closed up in the oven – I think my tray was too narrow to allow it to stay in the shape I created and it all puffed together when it baked. Nonetheless, it was a tasty treat to have with a glass of wine and some olives as an apéritif snack and the next day it was even better as I toasted it ans slathered it with some more tapenade and melted some cheese on top. Oh my, THAT was good!

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25 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Provençal olive fougasse

  1. Liz May 11, 2012 at 07:23 #

    Beautiful, Mardi…and using tapenade eliminates the olive pitting I had to do 🙂 I guess Dorie really meant it when she said to stretch out the slashes…yours look pretty darn good!

  2. Cher May 11, 2012 at 08:11 #

    Ok – melted cheese and tapenade – that is something I could get behind. Yum….

  3. Lola May 11, 2012 at 09:06 #

    Melted cheese AND tapenade? Great combo idea!

  4. FrenchtwistDC May 11, 2012 at 11:45 #

    Now this one I would have liked to have made actually!!

  5. a&b May 11, 2012 at 14:06 #

    That looks absolutely delicious!

  6. Ann May 11, 2012 at 21:35 #

    This looks terrific! I saw it on Liz’s blog and KNEW I had to come over here and check it out! It’s just beautiful!

  7. amanda @ fake ginger May 11, 2012 at 22:16 #

    Your photos are always so pretty! I bet it was extra delicious with tapenade spread on it.

  8. Elin May 12, 2012 at 05:32 #

    I guess it must be delicious with the cheese and tapenade spread on it. I sprinkled cheese on top too for the extra oomph 🙂 this is the best flatbread I have eaten…packed with olive and herbs…yummy. Have a great weekend!

  9. Nana May 12, 2012 at 14:33 #

    Great photos. That tapenade sounds interesting and delicious. I tried black pepper on
    one of mine and thought that was pretty good. There are many variations to be
    used with this.

  10. Alice May 13, 2012 at 05:45 #

    Love your bread! I want to make this one haphazardly next time just for the whimsy of it! 🙂

  11. Betsy May 13, 2012 at 21:16 #

    Tapenade mixed in sounds like olives in every bite. And melted cheese? Yum!

  12. Paula May 14, 2012 at 18:09 #

    Looking at this bread one would never think that you were not a big fan of bread making earlier this year. Looks wonderful Mardi.

  13. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 17, 2012 at 13:39 #

    This looks gorgeous! You are certainly becoming quite the bread baker. 🙂

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