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Provençal Olive Fougasse #FrenchFridayswithDorie

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This first time I was served olive bread in Italian restaurants, I fell in love…every bite so chewy and studded with bits of kalamata olives. I could have skipped dinner and just eaten the whole loaf.  Other, ahem, family members were not as enamored…  So when I saw this gorgeous Provençal Olive Fougasse in Around My French Table, I knew it was another one of those half batch recipes for me to enjoy. And enjoy I did!
A fougasse is a flatbread from the Provence region of France shaped to resemble a leaf. Besides figuring out how to slash the dough to form “veins,” this was a simple bread to put together. The yeast was proofed, added to flour and kneaded in my KItchen Aid mixer for 10 minutes before stirring in oil packed black olives, minced rosemary and lemon zest.  This dough sat covered at room temperature till doubled in size, then was punched down and parked in the fridge for 6-24 hours.  After shaping and cutting a few slashes in the dough, it was brushed with a combo of oil and water before sprinkling with coarse salt. A quick baking time had my kitchen filled with an amazing aroma in no time. This outshined my expectations…the most sensational flatbread I’ve ever baked.
At the publisher’s request, the Doristas do not post the recipes from Around My French Table, but a similar recipe by Dorie was published in Bon Appetit with the addition of sun dried tomatoes.
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97 comments on “Provençal Olive Fougasse #FrenchFridayswithDorie”

  1. I love fougasse but I have always been too scared of failure to bake it. Yours looks just perfect!

  2. Ahh, I could eat all of this bread!! Olives are awesome and when mixed in bread..well I just can’t speak right now 🙂
    Happy Mothers Day..

  3. I’m with you about bread. My husband is Italian and can’t eat a meal without bread. We have a breadmaker and use it a lot. There are so many variations of toppings and even stuffings that one can invent.

  4. I saw your post on Facebook that you were baking this in the morning – that made me so hungry! Now with this picture… grr… wish I have a piece! 😉 Lizzy, Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy your day!

  5. Lizzy…I learn so much about food from you. This is such a beautiful bread. I love olives too… I would have definitely “broken bread” with you so didn’t have to bake only a half loaf. 🙂 Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

  6. What a lovely loaf bread…like you I can happliy just eat this for dinner 🙂

  7. -Lovely,
    Now all I need is a glass of some nice Cupcake Wine. Xx

  8. Very appetizing bread with lovely flavors! Always love fresh homemade bread! Have a great weekend , Lizzy! 🙂

  9. I love this bread and though I always forget to do Dories recipes on Fridays this is one I will have to make time to try. So pretty and I know tasty. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love bread and anything yeasted. So, it sounds just perfect for me. Thanks for another beautiful recipe.
    Happy Mother’s Day.

  11. What a lovely bread! This is something I would love to try!
    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, Lizzy! Happy Mother’s Day!

  12. This was just too good. Yours looked delicious. Was your family any more enamoured this time?

  13. Sounds fabulous – I bet the aroma as it baked was incredible!

  14. Your bread looks delicious. Great post!

  15. Eating warm fougasse from the farmer’s market is one of my best memories from France. Delicious!

  16. Oh how yumy!! I can only imagine how good this would be warm from the oven and dipped in some olive oil!!

  17. Your fougasse looks tres elegante on the platter with the rosemary sprigs. I loved how easy this was to make. Can’t wait to do it again with different kinds of mix-ins.

  18. Your fougasse looks tres elegante on the platter with the rosemary sprigs. I loved how easy this was to make. Can’t wait to do it again with different kinds of mix-ins. (Didn’t mean to post my comment anonymously)

  19. Your bread looks fantastic! Happy Mother’s Day Lizzy!

  20. I love baking… and this looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  21. This looks so good. I don’t bake bread I always mess it up no matter how easy it is.

  22. O M G. being maltese, i love anything with olives. i Have to try this. i’m glad to have found your blog and i’ll be sure to pop over sometime again to see what you’re cooking. feel free to drop by my web-home sometime! x

  23. Your fougasse looks fantastic!! I’ve only gotten into baking bread this year but it’s such a rewarding thing to do and now I bake a couple of loaves every week. Making fougasse is definitely on my must try list.

  24. simply marvelous!

  25. FFWD sounds like more of an occasion to treat yourself than anything lately! At least you like it all! 🙂

  26. It looks delicious!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  27. Are you sure you aren’t French, Lizzy? This fougasse looks tres authentique!

  28. felice giornata…ciao

  29. Lizzy, it’s beautiful and I am sure delicious! Love this bread! Happy mother’s day!

  30. Olive bread made at home… I’m impressed. Nice post. A.

  31. I want you in my kitchen!!! delicious! 🙂

  32. I can’t believe you only made yourself a half loaf! I’d have treated myself to like two or three full loaves…DROOOOOL

  33. Hi Lizzy-here I am…tagging along, #88 commenter, LOL!

    Love your French style focaccia, with the olives, especially! It turned out fluffy, and beautiful, even if the holes closed up (who needs them anyway?)…still see the slashes, which look attractive.

    I would love to “break bread” with you, on this day, Mother’s Day…and every day, if I could!
    Happy Mother’s Day, my dear friend!

  34. This looks amazing! I love fougasse but have never made it.

  35. Fougasse is so fun to say as much as I’m sure the bread is SO FUN to eat! I still can’t get the “slashing of the dough” just right but hopefully with practice…

  36. Yummy, your description of the olive studded bread is spot on- I want some now!

  37. Just where I wanted to go today – Provence! Looks like it should be in the window of the boucherie.

    Happy Mother’s day back at ya.

  38. Hi Liz,
    This looks wonderful!

  39. Dear Lizzy, Thank you for you kind visit. It means so much to me. I have made so many dear friends in this beautiful blogging world.
    I hope that you are enjoying your Mother’s Day with smiles and good memories for the years to come.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xoxo
    p.s. These look wonderful.

  40. Delicious Bread Lizzy. I had weakness toward homemade breads.

  41. Happy mothers day to you.

  42. I brought back some olive oil from Morocco that has a distinct olive flavour — it would go so well with this bread. It’s beautiful too. I like using the sun-dried olives when I make bread, they are just so darn tasty.

  43. This is a phenomenal bread and I remember my first time too. You did an impressive job my friend!

  44. Olive bread was one of my favorite things to buy for a wine & cheese night in Montreal. I would get mine at Première Moisson but I would love to make my own!

  45. I’ve never tried olive bread, but it sounds wonderful. You have such a wonderful crust and color on your bread!

  46. I’m in heaven!! What a gorgeous loaf of bread! I love olives in bread. This looks perfect. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this on Fit and Fabulous Fridays!!

  47. Your fougasse looks wonderful! Olive is a favorite of mine as well, and fortunately for me my family loves it. Hey wait, that means less for
    me 😉

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