Fougasse Fabuleux at the La Motte Bakery

Fougasse

Who does not adore the charm of a beautiful Baguette or the breakfast indulgence of a classic Croissant? But this year, the La Motte Bakery is adding another fabulous French bread to its Bastille Festival celebrations – the Fougasse.

The Fougasse is a flatbread in the shape of a leaf. Popular in the French province of Provence, this bread with its crisp crust and chewy interior is both beautiful and delicious when served with a meal, as a light lunch with charcuterie and cheese or just on its own with another Provençal favourite, a beautiful glass of rosé wine like La Motte’s joyful Vin de Joie!

The Fougasse is a cousin of the Focaccia. They are believed to originate from the Roman Panis focacius, as these flatbreads were cooked in the ashes of a wood burning oven, called focus. The focaccia is often rectangular and although made with the same dough and crispy exterior as the fougasse, it is thicker and fluffier. The dough is usually dimpled with olives, sundried tomatoes and even grapes nestled into the dimples, before the bread is generously rubbed with olive oil and baked.

The Fougasse’s leaf shape is cut to resemble the veins of a leaf – it is the prettiest of breads! These cuts allow a crispier bake and although mostly sprinkled with flakes of sea salt, sometimes, in the theme of Provence, the breads are sprinkled with Herbes de Provence, a fragrant mix of rosemary, thyme, marjoram, oregano, fennel, mint and perhaps even a few lavender flowers!

This year, in celebration of all the flair of France, you can find the fabulous Fougasse loafs at the La Motte Bakery from 10 to 21 July. (To avoid disappointment, order your Fougasse from Bonita – bakery@la-motte.co.za.)

Also visit the bakery during the Franschhoek Bastille Festival for a special French-inspired black board menu, a delicious display of other French breads and of course tempting patisserie! The La Motte bakery is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 08:00 to 16:00 (Kitchen closes at 15:00). To book: la-motte.com