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Fougasse

Fougasse bread recipeFougasse is an incredibly flavorful, dense bread that’s great for dipping in hummus, olive oil, pesto or spread on a little vegan butter & jam.

This recipe is from Jennifer Katzinger’s, “Gluten-Free and Vegan Bread: Artisanal Recipes to Make at Home” – THE best gluten free bread baking book I’ve found. Any time I make any of her breads for a party, I (she) gets rave reviews.

Fougasse Flat Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Cuisine: Gluten-free
Author: Briana Ryan
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2T chia seeds
  • ½ cup water (for soaking the chia seeds)
  • 1 cup teff flour
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot
  • ¼ cup flax meal
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp xanthum gum
  • 2 ¾ teaspoons active dry yeast (I like [url href=”http://www.redstaryeast.com/products/red-star%C2%AE/red-star%C2%AE-active-dry-yeast” target=”_blank” title=”Red Star active dry yeast”]Red Star[/url] brand)
  • 1 ½ cups warm, filtered water (warm on the stove on the lowest temperature for just a few minutes – if you can stick your finger in for a full 10 seconds and not burn yourself, it’s ready. If the water is too hot, you’ll kill the yeast)
  • 3T olive oil
  • 2T maple syrup
  • Coarse sea salt or kosher salt for sprinkling
  • A little bit of brown rice flour to sprinkle on the dough while shaping it to prevent sticking.
  • OPTIONAL: You can add 2 tsp of fresh rosemary & 2 tsp of fresh thyme to the dough for a variation, or 4 tsp. of just one herb.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place a water bath (fill a pan that’s a couple inches high about ½ way with water) on the shelf below where the bread will bake.
  2. Soak the chia seeds in the water for 15 minutes or so. They will turn gel-like and act as a binder in place of eggs.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper and sprinkling with brown rice flour.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the arrowroot, flax meal, salt and xantham gum.
  5. In the bowl of your mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm water you prepared.
  6. Add the olive oil and maple syrup. The yeast will feed on the sugar and in just a few minutes, it will begin to foam, which means it’s activated.
  7. Once the yeast is activated, begin adding in the mixed dry ingredients and the soaked chia seeds.
  8. Mix until you have a soft dough. If you don’t have a Kitchen Aid mixer, just use a heavy wooden spoon to combine. It will just take a little longer.
  9. Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle your hands and the dough with a little brown rice flour and begin to gently shape into an oval. (The dough is pretty sticky, so you may need to flour your hands a few times.) Gently flatten the oval to about 1-inch thick.
  10. Using a sharp knife, score 3 or 4 diagonal slits on the left & right sides down the length of the bread. It will look like a beautiful leaf (see photo).
  11. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and place in the hot oven. Immediately reduce the temperature to 425 degrees and set the timer for 30-minutes.
  12. When the timer goes off, lower the oven to 375 degrees and bake another 40 minutes til done.
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
Fougasse is a flat bread. It’s basically the French version of the Italian’s focaccia and is often used for the French version of a calzone. Fougasse is delicious when stuffed with olives, nuts, goat cheese, or dried fruit.

 

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