Rosemary and Sea Salt Fougasse

Fougasse is a French loaf, usually found in Provence, which I have been meaning to post for a number of weeks. The leaf shape and rustic quality of this bread is something that absolutely captivates me – it is incredibly pretty. As such, it was something that simply had to find its way to FrugalFeeding, since the quaintly rustic look of my food often belies my decorative deficiencies. As it is a cousin of the Italian focaccia it lends itself well to all manner of different flavourings. Rosemary is always a particularly good choice with bread, since its flavour appears to penetrate a loaf with devastating efficiency. Indeed, despite the fact that only a few sprigs of rosemary were employed in the making of this loaf, the flavour of the rosemary can be easily tasted throughout. The addition of plenty of good-quality sea salt only adds to this. However, as I have already intimated, there is great scope for invention when it comes to bread. Olives, sun-dried tomatoes or chorizo would also make great additions to this superb bread.

Considering what goes into a loaf like this, the price one can be expected to pay in a bakery for such a delight is rather unfair. As you shall see, the cost of the necessary ingredients hardly amounts to anything at all. Yet, many specialist bakeries will charge in excess of £3 per loaf. Of course, such bakeries do need to turn a profit to stay above water in this rather tumultuous financial environment. However, perhaps if those with enough time on their hands – and I realise that not everyone has time enough to bake every few days – could be shown just how easy it is to make delicious bread, then more people would endeavour to do so, thus saving themselves plenty of money over the course of a year.

Rosemary and Sea Salt Fougasse

Makes 1 loaf


• 500g strong white bread flour

• Two 7g sachets of fast action dried yeast

• 280-300ml warm water

• A few pinches of sea salt

• A few sprigs of fresh rosemary and a little thyme

• Milk enough for brushing


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast and roughly 2 tsp of sea salt. Bring this together into a reasonably wet dough with the warm water. It should be dry enough to knead. Knead the dough for ten minutes, until smooth. Push several sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme into the dough and continue to knead for another minute. Roll the dough out into and cut with a sharp knife (see pictures). Place in a floured baking tray, cover in oiled cling film and leave to rise for an hour or so.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Brush the raw dough with milk and scatter over a very large pinch of salt. Once the oven is hot, pop the loaf in to cook for 30-35 minutes. Spraying the oven with a little water first will avoid too dark a crust. The fougasse is ready when it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Enjoy with a little olive oil.

Cost: Let’s face it, flour is incredibly cheap. Indeed, this loaf should set one back no more than 50p – six times less than the price some bakeries expect us to pay. I’d certainly say that was worth a little of one’s time.

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109 comments on “Rosemary and Sea Salt Fougasse

  1. An Unrefined Vegan
    February 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    So beautiful!

  2. countrywoodsmoke
    February 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Nice loaf there, real bread rocks! You should try an overnight sponge bread too, so easy to make artisan breads.

  3. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    February 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for this recipe Frugal … this is one of my favourite breads; in fact bought one from a French chain earlier! However, I make focaccia sometimes and now you’ve inspired me to try fougasse too.

  4. carolbean
    February 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    looks gorgeous! thanks for the simple, well-written recipe. looking forward to giving it a try!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you thought it was well-written.

  5. Tessa
    February 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    What beautiful bread!

  6. Amrita
    February 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I can easily imagine this one with a spring soup for lunch!

  7. Simplify by Sara
    February 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Pass this one on to my hubby to try … Thanks

  8. Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge
    February 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    This is a really beautiful bread. 🙂 I’ve seen it made on tv – you did a great job! I loooove bread of all kinds, but with my lack of ability with doughs in general I’m a bit intimidated to try it. 🙁
    I have a pizza dough resting for tonight, a new recipe, my fingers are crossed. I just can’t nail down what I do wrong…should be so easy, just a few ingredients but somehow its usually too dense or heavy, cardboardish. It’s my weak spot for sure.
    So, I will sit and gaze longingly at your gorgeous bread. 😀 Maybe someday I will also be able to create pretty things out of delicious bread.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks, Zoe. I saw it on tv somewhere too. I hope the pizza goes to plan :). I hope you try it someday 🙂

  9. thebigfatnoodle
    February 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    That’s a mighty fine looking loaf. I have signed up to a bread making day in April and I can’t wait! I think I actually prefer bread making to cake making. This looks much healthier than a foccacia too since it isn’t drizzled with oil.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks, Noodle! Oh, enjoy that! It sounds cool :D.

  10. Brianne
    February 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    What a beautiful loaf of bread! Rosemary in bread is irresistible to me.

  11. jobakes
    February 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    What a beauty! I love fougasse – I’ve made one myself, you’ll find piccies of it in my bread album on my Facebook page if you want to check me out Frugal :). And you’re totally right – its unfair how much artisan breads cost (plus they are never as good as homemade, still warm bread 🙂 )

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks! I shall attempt to find it! Artisan bread is often as good as home made, because it is as good as home made (in my experience anyway). But where’s the satisfaction and frugality? 😀

  12. denlyn3
    February 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The bread looks fantastic. I am going to make this tonight.

  13. MeraDesiDost
    February 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Looks amazing. Definitely will try.

  14. Viviane
    February 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    oh this is lovely…I do so miss making my own proper bread (wheat intolerant :(( ).

    This is gorgeous…can’t beat rosemary and sea salt … beautifully presented too. Lovely photos!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Thanks! Oh no! what a shame. I’m glad you like it.

  15. Baker Bettie
    February 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Beautiful! So simple and pretty. I am going to be trying this soon! Thanks Nick.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Bettie. I look forward to hearing if you’ve tried it 🙂

  16. ceciliag
    February 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    how delightfully simple and I Love rosemary in bread, in fact I am making bread today, maybe I will have a go at this one! c

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks, Cecilia. Rosemary is my favourite herb, particularly in bread.

  17. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    February 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This looks beautiful! I love recipes with fresh rosemary – so delicious!

  18. Michelle
    February 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I have always meant to try making fougasse. Those Provençal boulangeries have got nothing on you—looks great!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Hah, thanks! I’m sure they are rather good too though 🙂

  19. Chica Andaluza
    February 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    That´s such a beautiful looking bread and I can imagine it tastes amazing with the rosemary…I think I´ll make this next time Bread Man isn´t due to call!

  20. Sydney Jones
    February 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    This loaf looks absolutely perfect! I have never tired making fougasse, I would like to try. This sounds like the perfect place to start!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks! You should give it a pop – it was lovely.

  21. PolaM
    February 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I’m baking all the time the reason being not so much the cost but the cost for quality. Don’t know over there, but here a loaf of bread on top of costing 10-20 times more than it cost me to bake it, also tastes worse than my attempts….

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Yes, exactly. One can buy really nice loaves here – but they cost an arm and a leg.

  22. TheOpinionatedFoodie
    February 27, 2012 at 3:26 am

    It’s so pretty that it has to be delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Oh yes, it is! Pretty things often taste better 🙂

  23. dinutrition
    February 27, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Yum! I may have to try that tomorrow.

  24. thelittleloaf
    February 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

    When I did the day’s bread making course with Richard Bertinet, fougasse was one of the first things we made. It’s so delicious and easy to make, and anything with rosemary and sea salt tastes good…yum 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Oh that sounds cool – I shall have to try one of those day courses – my girlfriend is doing a pasta making one soon.

  25. Daily Dose of Fresh
    February 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    What a stunning loaf of bread, I will have to bake this some time, thanks for sharing.

  26. whilehewasout
    February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Oh this one is a must try!

  27. JustALittleJoy
    February 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Beautiful bread!

  28. Kimby
    February 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    That last photo captured the rustic appeal you mentioned — a beautiful thing indeed!

  29. alexiamcc
    February 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    looks a good as the ones in the South of France where my home is

  30. terriskitchenuk
    February 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Hi, sorry if this is a repeat of a comment, but I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I was nominated so I’m passing on the blogging love! (It seems all the comments I left yesterday on the nominees are not showing up, so I’m commenting again). Go to my post for the VBA and click on the green badge. Have fun!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Don’t worry, it isn’t. Thanks for this 😀

  31. Patti
    February 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Bread baking rocks and this looks beautiful!

  32. the Jilb
    February 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This looks great! 🙂

  33. Smedette
    February 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Beautiful loaf. Baking bread is something I want to start doing on a regular basis.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks! I want to as well, but it’s not always possible.

  34. baconbiscuit212
    February 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    That is a beautiful fougassse, Frugal. And so simple! I have to try this. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  35. Malli
    February 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Love the rustic nature and leafy shape of this awesome French bread!!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Thanks! It’s probably the thing that most drew me to it.

  36. egg me on
    February 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    That’s one pretty loaf of bread. Great stuff. Did you eat this bread plain, turn it into a sandwich, or … ? Either way, must have been tasty.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks! I split it open and drizzled it with olive oil – the only way to eat it 😀

  37. Cara
    February 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I want to be your neighbor. I want to be your neighbor and the moment I smell bread baking in your over, I want to invite myself over and demand a slice. *shaking head* This looks so beautiful, Nick. I cannot get over how well-deserved your cockiness is 🙂 hehe

    • Cara
      February 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      and by over, I of course meant oven. Damn.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Haha! Might be a little tricky to work that one… I’m glad you think so, Cara.

  38. cakeboule
    February 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Well I made the same bread on holiday a few weeks ago such a small World! Did not turn out as good as yours though – I seem to have a bit of a kneading problem when it comes to bread! Tasted good though. I added carmelised red onion to the top which also works well (even if my kneeding doesn’t!)

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Hah, awesome! I love the kneading, it’s so fun :). I love the onion idea!

  39. Ragamuffin Diaries
    February 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    what a beautiful bread! I love rosemary….

  40. kristina
    February 28, 2012 at 6:10 am

    oh this look fantastic! thanks so much for stopping by, your recipes look really tasty!!

  41. Veronika
    February 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Beautiful loaf – I tend to bake with sourdough, but this may just tempt me to use those sachets of yeast I have been keeping in the pantry for an emergency!

    And to agree with a previous commenter – real bread rocks! There is literally nothing you can buy in supermarket that compares, and the prices for it a local bakery are outrageous. Much, much better to make at home, and the bonus is – when you make it at home, you can make it seasoned exactly the way you like. 🙂

  42. denlyn3
    February 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    After making this, my wife and I highly recommend this bread.

  43. christopher.
    February 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    This looks fantastic. I’m admittedly terrible at break making but it’s a skill that I’ve been wanting to put some time into bettering myself.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Thanks – if you follow the simple steps and knead the bread for 10 minutes or more (no skimping) you should get better 🙂

  44. Bryan
    February 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Woah, sound so easy and delicious. I love rosemary… and salt! Can’t wait to try it.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      They work so well together – everyone loves salt 😀

  45. thehealthyfitdiva
    February 29, 2012 at 3:59 am

    homemade bread is the best…looks so good! If only gluten free baking wasn’t such an enigma haha

  46. Just A Smidgen
    February 29, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Oh, my goodness, this is so impressive.. I think it is a devastatingly pretty loaf for sure!! You’re very talented that’s for certain! I’d love to try this one, I love the whole design idea and the flavors.. I love rosemary!!

  47. whilehewasout
    February 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I did this yesterdaywith some minor changes (replaced rosemary, thyme with chorizo, and had to cut the rising time a bit as my boyfriend was hungry),turned out great! Thank you for the recipe 😉

  48. thehaleyway
    March 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    sounds and looks amazing! love your blog!