I love bread. Especially fresh out of the oven bread.
This is my favorite homemade bread recipe.
It always turns out light and fluffy.
I haven't found anyone yet who doesn't like it.
It is called Fougasse (pronounced: foo- gaas).
It is a soft french bread that goes well with many dinners of soups,
pastas, salads, and much more. I like to use it for dipping in spinach
artichoke dip too!
Anyways, enough talking, here is how its done!
3 3/4 cups White Flour (plus some for kneading on)
2 tsp. Instant Yeast Granules
2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 1/2 cups Warm Water
Basil Pesto (optional)
Fresh Grated Parmesan-Reggiano (optional)
Put 3 3/4 cups flour into your mixer bowl. Add 2 tsp. yeast and
rub/mix it together using your hands. Add 2 tsp of salt and 1 1/2
cups warm water and mix on low 2 minutes- using the bread hook.
Then mix on high for 6 minutes.
Turn dough out of bowl and knead gently.
Replace in bowl, cover, and let dough rise 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Grease cookie sheet and dust with cornmeal.
Release dough from bowl to cookie sheet, and cover with cornmeal.
Let dough rest 5 minutes.
Shape into Fougasse triangle shape (shown below),
and cut 3 slits using sharp knife.
Brush loaf with olive oil.
Smear loaf with pesto.
Sprinkle salt and Parmesan-Reggiano over top.
Place bread on cookie sheet into preheated oven.
Mist the oven and bread with water in a spray bottle.
Reduce oven temp to 450 degrees.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
Remove and let cool.
Serve soon after or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
This bread also freezes well! Simply bake it for only 6-7 minutes,
cool it, wrap it in an airtight container or bag, and freeze.
When you are ready to enjoy it, remove from freezer and bake
for 12 minutes at 450 degrees.