Fougasse is just a French version of a rustic flat bread similar in texture to focaccia bread. The leaf pattern is impressive but quick and easy to do!
2 3/4 cups to 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. to 1 1/2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup warm water
2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing on bread
Flour, for rolling dough
Olive oil, for brushing dough
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkle on top
Add 2 3/4 cups flours, 1 tbsp. salt and finely chopped rosemary to a large bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside.
To another bowl, add warm water, yeast and sugar. Stir. Let stand until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Add yeast mixture and 2 tbsp. olive oil to the flour mixture. Stir to combine and form dough into a ball. Remove dough from bowl and knead until smooth and elastic, about 7 to 8 minutes, adding more flour if dough is too sticky.
Put the ball of dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Store dough in a warm place until it doubles in volume, about 45 to 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Punch down dough.
Sprinkle work surface with flour. Roll dough to 3/4-inch to 1-inch thickness and shape into large oval.
To create a leaf pattern in the bread: Use a sharp paring knife or pastry scraper and cut a slit down the middle of the bread and then 5 slits on either side of it. Delicately separate the slits open to create a more prominent design. Transfer to baking sheet.
Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
Bake until golden brown, about 18 to 20 minutes.
Make-Ahead Tip: You can make the dough 1 day ahead. Instead of letting the dough rise until doubled in volume in a warm place, cover and put in fridge. The next day, bring dough to room temperature, then punch dough and proceed as above.
Yield: 8 to 10 servings.