Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Caramelised Onion, Rosemary, Chilli and Gruyère Fougasse

This is another incredibly easy bread to make... and it's so delicious, I feel the only right thing to do is to share it with all of you.

When making fougasse, I can't help but think about it's Italian cousin, focaccia; because they're made with pretty much the same dough.  But not wanting to offend anyone, they're obviously not the same, and not just in terms of appearance, but also in texture.  Focaccia is often more bread-like and fougasse is thinner and because of that, you get more crispy edges which I love.  But please don't make me choose which one I prefer more... 

This fougasse is already packed with flavours and it is lovely just by itself, but if you just happen to have some olive tapenade... well, need I say more?

P.S Me and a couple of friends are working on new cooking/baking videos and it's been a lot of fun.  I can't wait for yous to see it!  In the mean time, you can watch previous videos here.

Caramelised Onion, Rosemary, Chilli and Gruyère Fougasse
Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food
Makes 2 Fougasse

500 grams strong white bread flour
10 grams salt
7 grams dried yeast
5 grams caster sugar
30 ml olive oil
300 ml water

2 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoons dried chilli flakes, plus more
100 grams gruyère cheese, cut into cubes
a pinch of sugar
olive oil

In the bowl of your free standing mixer, add the flour, salt, dried yeast, sugar, olive oil and water.  Using a wooden spoon, give it a mix until well combined.  Then using a dough hook, let the machine do all the work for five minutes.  When the dough is smooth, shape it into a ball, cover with tea towel and let it rest for an hour.

In the meantime, make the caramelised onion.  Thinly slice the onions and cook in a little bit of olive oil and butter.  I want the flavour from the butter, but because I don't want it to burn, I add the olive oil.  Season the onions with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  To encourage the caramelisation, I add a pinch (a teaspoon perhaps) of sugar.  Cook this gently for 10-15 minutes and then let it cool to one side.

When the dough has doubled in size, knead in the caramelised onion, rosemary and chilli flakes on a lightly floured surface.  Then using a sharp knife, cut the dough in half.

Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to a rough oval shape.  You need to be quite firm with the dough.  Then cut slashes in the loaf to resemble a fern leaf.  Then using your fingers, really open these slashes because they might close during the second rise.  Repeat the process to the other dough.

Transfer the loaves on to a baking tray and cover again with a tea towel.   Leave them to rise for about 20 minutes.  Preheat your oven to 200 C.

Once risen, sprinkle over the Gruyère cheese and some more chilli flakes.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crusts are golden.  Best served warm.


  1. Laaaaaaaaaaaaarrvely. nuff sed.

  2. These are so nice..... Love the speckles of color.

  3. Oh my, even for a non-baker like myself this is very tempting. When I first read the title I thought it was Emeril Lagasse's cousin. LOL

  4. Michael, I am so in awe by your gorgeous Fougasse, which is so creative, elegant, and totally delicious! You are really becoming the great chef that you have inspired to be. Already you had the natural talent before, but with the 'hands on' experience and formal training sure shows your gourmet talents!

  5. I agree that the crispy edges on fougasse are lovely and yours looks very good. I couldn't choose between fougasse and focaccia. Can I have both?

  6. how GORGEOUS do these look?!?!... love the crispness to them and the perfect shape... I am so hungry just looking at the pic... another recipe to steal I feel!

  7. Oh you got such a beautiful shape to your fougasse Michael!! :D

  8. These look amazing, Michael! And I can't wait to see more videos! YAY!

  9. What a beautiful fougasse,looks perfect and tasty, I like your video,you are very comfortable and ready for cooking show :)

  10. Such a gorgeous deep golden colour and beautifulshape! You know what I've never tried fougasse before; I think i will liek it. Well based on that photo I think I should..

    Been watching some of your vids, Brilliant. You are obviously MUCH more comfortable in front of the camera than me. x

  11. a really beautiful bread with fabulous ingredients - can't wait to see the videos!
    Happy to follow you
    Mary x

  12. Love the shapes of these little breads! So creative, Michael! You've inspired me to give them a try!