ffwD: Provençal Olive Fougasse

Except for the occasional deli sandwich on artisan bread, I rarely eat bread at home. Even though I enjoy baking loaves of bread, I really only do so at the behest of an assignment, such as French Fridays with Dorie or Tuesdays with Dorie. Because of my limited exposure (by choice) to artisan breads, I seem to be confusing this week’s ffwD assignment with Italian foccacia. To me, both breads have the same chewy texture, a brushing with olive oil, and a lightly salted crust. So, is it the black olives, leaf-shape, and slits that make the fougasse French as opposed to Italian? Regardless, it was delicious, and my mother and my niece (Codename: Bacon Monster) enjoyed it as well!

To see how others fared with Provençal olive fougasse, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


70 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    May 11, 2012 @ 00:45:11

    I love fougasse and you’ve done a good job.

  2. Anita Menon
    May 11, 2012 @ 02:42:36

    Beautiful creation. I have always wanted to try this. Great job

  3. Andrea Janssen
    May 11, 2012 @ 02:44:03

    Looks great, mine is in the refrigerator right now! So we are eating this one tonight.

  4. Choc Chip Uru
    May 11, 2012 @ 02:57:42

    I have never seen this dish before but ur looks stunning 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Alice
    May 11, 2012 @ 04:43:24

    Glad you liked yours! 🙂 I should have added some olives straight into the dough, but alas I stuck them on top instead….

  6. mireia
    May 11, 2012 @ 05:18:05

    Even if you say you don’t usually bake bread this fougasse looks amazing!!!

  7. Amy (Savory Moments)
    May 11, 2012 @ 06:03:16

    Looks lovely! I am a big fan of olives, too, so I would really enjoy this.

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    May 11, 2012 @ 06:43:48

    Looks awesome and kind on Darth Vaderish!

  9. Inger Wilkerson
    May 11, 2012 @ 06:44:29

    This would be a big hit in our house!

  10. hotlyspiced
    May 11, 2012 @ 06:54:55

    I think your olive bread looks amazing and really delicious. That would be great with so many things like soup, pasta and risotto xx

  11. Louanne Bertrand
    May 11, 2012 @ 06:58:32

    Gorgeous!! You did a terrific job with it, and I bet it tastes delicious, too!

  12. Cher
    May 11, 2012 @ 07:21:52

    Looks like it came out great.

    After all of April’s recipes, this one was a relief…

  13. loavesandstitches
    May 11, 2012 @ 07:50:18

    Looks good! This was a nice easy recipe.

  14. alwaysaddmorebutter
    May 11, 2012 @ 08:50:29

    I wish I didn’t love baking bread so much – it’s pretty much my downfall dietwise. I could never do Atkins! 🙂 Your fougasse looks beautiful!

  15. amanda
    May 11, 2012 @ 09:26:19

    Yours looks fantastic! Mine didn’t puff up that much so I’m jealous of yours!

  16. forgottenbeast
    May 11, 2012 @ 10:19:50

    Gorgeous! Although you’re right, that does sound very foccaccia-esque.

  17. Katerina
    May 11, 2012 @ 10:25:59

    This bread is so beautiful! We make something similar in Greece too! Great job!

  18. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    May 11, 2012 @ 10:50:58

    Your fougasse looks so delicious and lovely! Great job!

  19. suzisoutlook
    May 11, 2012 @ 10:53:43

    Your bread looks tasty and you’ve done a wonderful job. Love those olives.

  20. Amanda
    May 11, 2012 @ 11:50:13

    I am on a huge olive kick lately so I am sure I would love this! Every Friday, I see your posts and I can’t help but be excited that I have this book now!

  21. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    May 11, 2012 @ 12:13:51

    Beautiful! 🙂

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    May 11, 2012 @ 12:34:05

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  23. Krissy
    May 11, 2012 @ 17:00:19

    Your fougasse is impressive and so is your photo…perfectly done. We enjoyed this recipe and I’m looking at variations for next time. This was a fun baking project.

  24. nana
    May 11, 2012 @ 18:08:29

    Absolutely delicious looking. Great job. Tricia and both liked this one.

  25. Simply Life
    May 11, 2012 @ 18:16:25

    oh this is just beautiful!

  26. rondamkisner
    May 11, 2012 @ 18:48:57

    I am not sure what makes one thing Italian and another French either.

  27. Kathy
    May 11, 2012 @ 19:59:40

    Your bread looks perfectly delicious! Glad you all enjoyed it! We really enjoyed it, too! Have a great weekend!

  28. ohfishiee
    May 11, 2012 @ 20:06:03

    what a crusty bread! 🙂 wish to have a try on this!

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  29. Holly
    May 11, 2012 @ 20:51:39

    I’ve never tried fougasse, but if it is anything like Focaccia, I know I’d love it! ♥

  30. Mary Hirsch
    May 11, 2012 @ 22:49:02

    Fougasse and Foccacia, same breads, really, but different countries, different “filler” ingredients and the French have “fancied” theirs up! Yours looked beautiful.

  31. sara
    May 11, 2012 @ 23:11:01

    WOW, what a gorgeous loaf! That looks incredible, and delicious…love olives in bread.

  32. Elin
    May 12, 2012 @ 00:58:47

    I love the fact that we can split the work into two days…simple and delicious and the creativity of being able to form them into any shapes we want 🙂

  33. machisan
    May 12, 2012 @ 08:50:35

    Omg those look so good I am begging to have one!

  34. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    May 12, 2012 @ 09:15:32

    I love this bread and yours turned out beautifully!

  35. thekalechronicles
    May 12, 2012 @ 13:19:02

    Lordy, what do you eat if you don’t eat bread at home? Your bread looks lovely.

  36. Liz Berg (@ThatSkinnyChick)
    May 12, 2012 @ 13:57:50

    Perfectly done!! And your slits stayed open…brava!!!

  37. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    May 12, 2012 @ 19:50:33

    I would so much love a slice of that! I am so impressed by your great success on what looks like a very difficult bread.

  38. betsy
    May 12, 2012 @ 20:32:03

    I’m not sure what the difference between the French and Italian versions of this bread are, but yours looks perfect. You should make more bread at home, without an assignment 🙂

  39. Miriam
    May 12, 2012 @ 22:39:37

    You’ve done a beautiful job with this! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  40. Ameena
    May 12, 2012 @ 23:08:23

    It really does look delicious…your family obviously has great taste! Well done my friend!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend…

  41. cooking-varieties (wan)
    May 13, 2012 @ 00:20:38

    hi yummy chunklet, OMG, how delicious- hmm olives, must check out this recipe.. have a nice day

  42. Ckay
    May 13, 2012 @ 03:22:11

    Oh, it looks great! Lovely shape and so olively delicious!
    I’ve made one with sourdough and smoked bacon…heavenly!
    If with this focaccia you thought “Baking Bread at Home” has become your new hobby – you should try it: a winner 🙂
    Thank you for all your nice visits and comments you always leave on my blog

    All the best

  43. 21stcenturyhousewife
    May 13, 2012 @ 04:03:34

    Whether you call this fougasse or focaccia, it looks and sounds just delicious! What a gorgeous bread you have made!

  44. Bam's Kitchen
    May 13, 2012 @ 04:42:54

    It’s a beautiful bread and shaped lovely.

  45. Beth
    May 13, 2012 @ 05:05:58

    I actually love bread, but I’m cutting back a little on the amount I eat. Having said that, I would totally love this version. It looks wonderful!

  46. Norma Chang
    May 13, 2012 @ 06:43:53

    Such a pretty loaf of bread, love the design.

  47. eatinglikeahorse
    May 13, 2012 @ 07:55:40

    I can see just by looking at that bread what a great texture it’s got and your description makes me really want some!

  48. ceciliag
    May 13, 2012 @ 08:45:40

    My favourite part of these loaves is the saltiness on the crust, is that bad?.,, c

  49. Parsley Sage
    May 13, 2012 @ 09:14:49

    This is brilliant! I’m loving this week’s FFWD. I can’t control myself around olive loaves 🙂

  50. sally
    May 13, 2012 @ 10:44:21

    Beautiful! I love the shape of this bread.

  51. Audrey Allure
    May 13, 2012 @ 11:02:36

    Mmm that looks so good!

  52. Lina | photo ♥
    May 13, 2012 @ 11:04:54

    That looks so good!♥

  53. Ryan
    May 13, 2012 @ 21:04:27

    Beautiful! This is such an impressive loaf of bread and sounds so tasty with the olives and salted crust! It looks like something you would find in a french bakery. Great job!

  54. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    May 13, 2012 @ 21:22:23

    Wow, this looks wonderful!

  55. Betty
    May 13, 2012 @ 21:27:35

    I love the shape of this bread! Olives sound so good inside. 🙂

  56. muppy
    May 14, 2012 @ 04:10:14

    very impressed, i love baking bread although only do it sometimes.

  57. kitchen flavours
    May 14, 2012 @ 05:44:28

    Lovely bread! I love bread like this, could eat almost half all to myself! 🙂

  58. Elaine
    May 14, 2012 @ 08:52:30

    Whether it’s focaccia or fougasse, it is delicious bread. Yours has a lovely golden color.

  59. ohfishiee
    May 14, 2012 @ 09:26:45

    i love some crusty ones, the bread from you is always so delish!

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  60. profiterolesandponytails
    May 14, 2012 @ 11:38:46

    I hope you don’t mind that I included a link to your recipe for Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bars in post with a few snack ideas. I made them on the weekend and both my girls really liked them.

  61. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    May 14, 2012 @ 11:57:35

    Wow! You did a fantastic job here! Your loaf looks lovely. 🙂

  62. Kristin
    May 14, 2012 @ 12:03:34

    So, I’m assuming since I’m obsessed with olives, I would love this?? 🙂

  63. Juliana
    May 14, 2012 @ 14:39:46

    I yet have to bake fougasse…yours look beautiful…and it sure looks very tasty 🙂
    Hope you have a great week ahead!

  64. Trix
    May 14, 2012 @ 16:04:34

    No bread is safe around me, and as much as I like to bake it I don’t do it often either. I would have devoured this

  65. Just A Smidgen
    May 14, 2012 @ 16:05:28

    Ooooh.. the shape is so pretty, I’d make this bread just to stand back and admire it!! Good for you!!

  66. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    May 14, 2012 @ 22:03:41

    Olive breads are my all time favorites, and your fougasse looks really terrific!

  67. Cakelaw
    May 15, 2012 @ 06:59:57

    I don’t eat much bread at home either. However, I enjoyed this.

  68. Erin E
    May 16, 2012 @ 10:07:07

    Looks great! This is definitely a bread I will probably keep baking, this recipe was awesome!

  69. jora
    May 22, 2012 @ 11:21:10

    I thought this was very similar to focaccia, too. No problem, I love them both! Yours looks great.

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