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Kalamata Olive and Rosemary Fougasse with Fresh Herb and Pepper Dipping Oil

What is fougasse? It’s basically a French version of Italian focaccia bread. The flatbread can be slashed to form shapes and topped with an herb topping.

Servings 12 servings
Calories 205 kcal
Author Janet Barton



  • 3 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast or active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Dipping Oil:

  • 1/3 cup good quality olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt I used Pink Himalayan
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes



  1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, salt, yeast, rosemary, olives.  Stir together.  Add water all at once.  Mix until the mixture is no longer dry.  Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 18 hours undisturbed. (if using active dry yeast, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of the water.)

  2. After 18 hours, place dough into a floured surface. DO NOT KNEAD THE DOUGH.  Divide dough in half.  Gently press each piece into a 5 x 10-inch rectangle. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.  Make a slash down the center of each rectangle starting one inch from the top down to one inch from the bottom.  Gently spread dough apart.  Make three slashes on an angle on each side of the dough.  Gently pull dough to create a hole.  Brush generously with olive oil.  Lightly sprinkle with flaked sea salt.  Lightly cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for at least one hour.  Bake in a preheated 425 degree F oven for 25 minutes or until golden.  Makes 2 fougasse.

Dipping Oil:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Let stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Nutrition Facts
Kalamata Olive and Rosemary Fougasse with Fresh Herb and Pepper Dipping Oil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 526mg22%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.