A type of bread usually associated with Provence in France, the fougasse is similar to the Italian focaccia. The main difference is that it utilizes a wider variety of flavor enhancers, such as olives, cheese, and garlic. And it’s usually sculpted and slashed to look like an ear of wheat. Chef Cyrille Soenen of CiҪou á la Maison introduces us to 6 flavors to choose from:
CiҪou á la Maison fougasse can be eaten cold, but it’s so much better when warm. Eat with salted butter, or dip in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Better yet, pair with pork or duck rillette by CiҪou á la Maison.
The fougasse is one of the many descendants of the panis focacius, an ancient Roman flatbread baked in the ashes of the hearth. There is also a saying in French, “il ne faut pas brûler la fougasse,” or “do not burn the fougasse,” which is derived from the old tradition of using this bread to test a wood-fired oven’s temperature. The time it takes to bake the fougasse gives the baker a rough estimate of the oven’s temperature, and whether or not it’s okay to load the rest of the bread.
Baked on the morning of your expected delivery day.
Best consumed upon arrival, but you can store it at room temperature for up to two days in their original packaging. For storage up to a week, wrap them in parchment paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate. Alternatively, you can freeze your parchment-wrapped fougasse in a ziplock bag for up to two weeks.