Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Sun-dried Tomato & Thyme Fougasse

DSCF8434 You’ll have to forgive the night time photo, but I made something savoury, I used yeast and attempted bread making! None of these things often happen so a slightly dodgy photo wasn’t going to stop this bread reaching my blog. The recipe came from Lorraine Pascale’s TV series – Baking Made Easy. Lorraine used to be a model before turning to cooking and baking and now owns a cake shop I am determined to visit extremely soon! This TV series was her first but I hope it won’t be the last – the recipes were original, easy and al looked irresistible.

It was difficult to choose just one recipe to try, and I hope to try out some more, but I felt it was time to go out my comfort zone. Fougasse is a fern shaped French bread, and this version had sun-dried tomato and dried thyme added. It was  easy to make – I used the KitchenAid to do the kneading. This was the first time I had done this but I would do it again – it saves time and messy worktops and gives me a chance to do a spot of cleaning up! However, if making a dough with lots of add-ins I don’t think my dough hook is quite right as it doesn’t disperse these ingredients evenly. Somewhere along the way I think I went a little wrong as my dough didn’t seem to fully rise – but happily this didn’t affect the final taste! Chewy, studded with sweet spikes of tomato (I was using this instead of chorizo but would like to try this another time for a hint of spice) and rather moreish – dipped in good olive oil this was a winner. You can find the recipe and see Lorraine Pascale making it here: enjoy!

9 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Fabulous! You did a great job. That fougasse looks marvelous.

Cheers,

Rosa

elra said...

One of my favorite bread, love the addition of sun dried tomatoes. I must remember that when I make this.

Antonia said...

Looks fantastic! I saw Lorraine making this bread too and wondered about giving it a try. I've never been very successful with bread-making though (other than with my trusty bread-maker!).

The Caked Crusader said...

Fantastic - I love sun dried tomatoes in bread. I could happily sit and work my way through this with a nice pack of butter!

La Table De Nana said...

Oh my gosh you did a fabulous job..I couldn't comment yesterday..now I can..Just wow Lucy.Night photo or not.

Ash said...

hehe, I just made this the other day too!! I bit time consuming,but well worth it!!
Yours looks great!!

Faith said...

Your fougasse looks perfect, Lucy! It sounds delicious with the sun-dried tomatoes and dried thyme.

farawayme said...

So young and so talented! That bread is fabulous!

itinerantepicure said...

I remember buying fougasse from the baker near my school in Strasbourg going up. Being in Alsace, it was typically served with lardons and cubes of sausage - heavenly (and far from healthy!). Great to see this recipe, definitely one I'd love to try at home.