Cherry Tomato, Rosemary and Red Onion Fougasse

I have been seeing so many wonderful posts about the French Fougasse all over the internet lately.  I have never tasted Fougasse, but it just looks so wonderful. It’s elegant leaf shape lends it an air that reminds me more of an artwork rather than a type of bread. And I have been told it’s a relative of the Italian Focaccia, which I just adore.

So it was high time I used my current spare time to make good use of it.

Oven on, let’s bake (on a different note, are you as excited about the next “British Bake Off” episode tonight as I am?)

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Even uncooked I thought it looked delicious.

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Cherry Tomato, Rosemary and Red Onion Fougasse

  • Servings: perfect for two
  • Time: 1h50mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients
250g white flour
3.5g (half a sachet) east-blend yeast
1 tsp salt
0.5 tsp sugar
175ml hand-hot water
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
0.5 tbsp olive oil
A few cherry tomatoes
A few rosemary sprigs

1. Mix flour, yeast, salt and sugar together.
2. Add water, oil and mix to a soft dough.
3. Knead for approx. 5-10 minutes. Until soft and non-sticky.
4. Fry the onions until slightly soft.
5. Finely chop a few leaves of rosemary sprigs and add to the onion.
6. Mix half the onion/rosemary mix into the dough.
7. Spread the dough onto the baking tray or the baking paper and shape into a leaf.
8. With a sharp knife cut through the middle and make three slashes along each side.
9. Open the slashes slightly.
10. Gently brush the dough with a bit of water.
11. Spread the remaining rosemary, onion and cherry tomatoes on top of the dough.
12. Leave to rise for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven at 220° and bake for approx. 20 minutes until golden brown.

Apart from the obvious failure (the leaves kind of grew back together so there are no holes in my fougasse) this tasted absolutely amazing. I got the recipe from the bbcgoodfood website. I haven’t altered the recipe, apart from halving the quantity and adding as many tomatoes and rosemary sprigs as I fancied. Next time I think I would add some chopped olives, black ones I think. This might just give it a last boost.

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The texture was very pleasing. I have never managed to bake a bread that turned out this okay. It was smooth and light, which I credit to the extra 5 minutes of kneading. I actually used tomatoes which were a big too big for this small Fougasse. But they are from my parents garden and I rather use something that’s sitting in my fridge than go out and buy something I don’t really need.

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So I think I will be bringing this dish to this weeks Fiesta Friday. I know, I know.. still a bit early to be talking about Friday. We still have another day of baking or eating or both ahead of us. But I was quite excited about this fougasse as I started to devour it, this afternoon and I just had to share it with you immediately.

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Oh and on our table, this was served for a late lunch with recently purchased, alp cheese, salsiz and cold meats. For those who don’t know it, salsiz is a specialty from the recently visited Graubünden. It’s a type of dry meat, almost a cousin of the salami. But smaller, air-dried and usually made with pork meat, although this one has a lot of beef in it too. Yup, me likes my meat too.

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28 thoughts on “Cherry Tomato, Rosemary and Red Onion Fougasse

  1. Your bread looks so pretty! The bakery I used to work at sold fougasse but it had a ton of cheese, bacon, olive oil, herbs, and olives on it. They were definitely catering to North American tastebuds. I also love watching the Great British Bake-Off! Unfortunately I am limited to the episodes posted on YouTube since I don’t get British channels here.

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  2. Oh, Martina!! I am envious of people who can make beautiful and sple bread… I am more envious who can make bread as beautiful as this. I’ve had a chewy result when I made Focaccia, but atleast it was edible. 😀 Thank you for bringing this beauty. I hope you have a wonderful week. ❤

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  4. Martina, your fougasse looks fabulous and how much better to use garden grown tomatoes rather than commercially grown ones! If you make this again, you should pull out the dough a little more once it’s on the baking sheet, to separate the slashes – from what I have read, anyway! Thank you for sharing this with us for Fiesta Friday – have a wonderful week and enjoy GBBO!! I can’t wait – doesn’t Mary get sterner and sterner these days – her eyes just became icy bullets when she heard that shop bought fondant was being used for the biscuit showstopper – loved it!

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