Rosemary and Garlic Fougasse

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Rosemary and Garlic Fougasse

Many a time, I wonder if I had apprenticed at my neighborhood bread maker’s bakery when I was a still an impressionable young person, I might have made a name for myself in the art of making breads. I didn’t apprentice so I have not made anything in the name department for myself. But I did observe and I absorbed. The rhythmic kneading, the gentle folding, the blistering heat and the divine aroma of baked bread. It’s all etched in my memory. And bread making always takes me back home to those carefree days.

Rosemary and Garlic Fougasse

I hope someday my daughter looks back on our bread baking projects with some pleasant longing. She loves home made breads and fougasse is one of her favorite breads.

I made the Rosemary and Garlic Fougasse for this month’s breadbaker’s theme of summer bounty. The fresh rosemary lends a nice woody aroma and paired with garlic and olive oil, it simply magnifies the taste. This time I also played around with adding a little more hydration and little less yeast and lot of time. Time is what you need to let the flour do its magic you can have a delicious and beautiful bread.

The best part about this bread is that once it is in the oven, you only need wait a few minutes for it to bake. I think that is the best part. I love eating a hot from the oven bread even though I strongly advise you against it. It burns the mouth sometimes.

Rosemary and Garlic Fougasse

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  • 500 g flour
  • 350 ml water
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped garlic
  • 4 Tbs olive oil


  1. Put the water into the mixing bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle and add the yeast.
  2. Wait about 10 minutes for the yeast to bubble up.
  3. Add in the flour and salt and mix and knead into a sticky dough.
  4. Let rise in warm draft-free area until doubled for about an hour
  5. Gently heat the olive oil and add the garlic into the oil to cook slightly.
  6. Preheat to 500°F.
  7. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
  8. Punch the dough down and turn out onto floured surface; add in the oil and garlic mix into both the dough and divide into two equal halves.
  9. Roll each half to a 10 - 12 inch shaped oval
  10. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Press in the rosemary on top.
  11. Cover loosely with a moist kitchen towel and let rise in warm draft-free area until slightly puffed, about 20 minutes. Make several incisions in each oval, cutting through dough to make it look like a leaf.
  12. Place the shaped bread on a baking stone/ steel.
  13. Bake breads until golden on top and slightly crisp on bottom - about 4 minutes on a baking steel. More on a regular stone on or if you are baking on a baking sheet.
  14. Transfer bread to cooling racks and eat after it has cooled down slightly.

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