Fresh, soft and delicious this French classic is a winner all round. It's so full of flavour - topped with sea salt and fresh herbs it makes a great addition to a main meal or as a snack. This recipe is straightforward and only takes a couple of hours (mostly waiting for the dough to rise !)
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500g Strong white bread flour
2 - 3 tbsp Garlic infused olive oil
350ml Warm water
2tsp Chopped fresh rosemary
1tsp Chopped fresh sage
1.5tsp Chopped fresh thyme
1 Garlic clove finely grated
1tsp Chilli flakes (optional - for that extra kick!)
- Grease a large container with garlic oil, preheat an oven to 40 degrees (fan).
- Place flour, yeast, salt, olive oil and 280ml water in a freestanding electric mixer (with dough hook attachment).
- Mix on a low speed setting and as the dough starts to come together add the remaining 70ml of water.
- Add in all your herbs and turn up the speed to a medium/high setting and mix for around 5 - 8 minutes - this should leave the dough with an elastic feeling to it.
- Place the dough in your oiled container, cover with clingfilm and leave to prove in the warm oven for around an hour.
- Dust a surface with flour and when the dough has doubled in size tip out onto the surface.
- Using a pizza cutter, divide the dough in half.
- Take one half of the dough and spread it out into a leaf shape and use a pizza cutter to create the iconic holes on the dough - two down the middle and 3 - 6 diagonal cuts. Use your hands to strech out the holes before repeating with the other half of the dough (leaving you with two uniform fougasses).
- Place on a lined baking sheet and cover with clingfilm before allowing to prove for a furthur 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (fan) and spray or brush the fougasse with garlic oil before baking for around 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and brush with more garlic oil and sprinkle with sea salt flakes, dried herbs and chilli (if wanted).
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