Gorgonzola Fougasse With Figs and Pecans

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Fougasse, the French version of focaccia, is a flat bread that is cut to resemble a tree, leaf, or ladder. Because the cuts maximize surface area, this is yet another type of loaf that is wonderful for crust lovers like my husband. The dough usually contains olive oil, and may have additions or fillings such as fresh herbs, cheese, nuts, olives, or anchovies.

I chose to make mine really cheesy with Gorgonzola, and added some pecans and figs to make it extra decadent. I know it’s not much to look at, but please take my word for it — it it tastes a lot better than it looks. Just to be clear, it’s really cheesy.

Since I was going for crispy as well as cheesy, I flattened the dough to about 1/4-inch thick. If you want it a little softer in the middle, you could make it thicker. Also, depending on the size and shape of your stone, you may need to make the fougasse a little more square or circular rather than elongated like mine. For more options on how to shape and cut a fougasse, take a look at these from Mon Blog Loisirs and Living in the Kitchen With Puppies.

I have found that it’s much easier to make clean cuts by exerting straight downward pressure on the dough (guillotine-style), rather than dragging a blade through it. I use a small rigid plastic dough scraper, but the end of a square metal spatula would work as well.

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This goes to Temperance (High on the Hog) and Zorra (1x umrühren bitte ) for BreadBakingDay #16, Bread with Cheese.

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Gorgonzola Fougasse With Figs and Pecans

Yield: 1200 g (2 large fougasses)

Time:

  • Mix: 45 minutes
  • First fermentation : 2.5 hours with a fold at 1 hour
  • Shape: 10 minutes
  • Proof: 2.5 – 3 hours
  • Bake: 15 – 20 minutes per fougasse

Desired dough temperature: 74F

Ingredients:

  • 385 g flour
  • 89 g whole rye flour
  • 261 g water
  • 237 g mature 100%-hydration sourdough starter
  • 12.5 g (2 t.) salt
  • 30 g (2 T.) olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 117 g firm Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled into half-inch chunks
  • 67 g pecan halves, very coarsely chopped
  • 67 g dried figs, quartered (soak in hot water to soften if they are very dry)

Method:

  1. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour, rye flour, water, and starter. Mix in low speed until the ingredients just form a shaggy mass. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and olive oil and mix in low speed until just combined. Continue mixing in medium speed to a medium level of gluten development. This will probably take less than five minutes, but will depend on your mixer.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly-floured counter. Flatten it out and place the cheese, figs, and pecans on the dough. Fold the dough over so the add-ins are enclosed inside, and continue folding gently until they are evenly mixed into the dough.
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  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled container. Cover and ferment for 2.5 hours, with a fold after the first hour.
  5. Turn the dough into a lightly floured counter and divide it into two pieces. To shape each fougasse:
  6. Place the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and pat/stretch it into a roughly trangular shape about 12 inches across at the base and 16 inches tall. Use a dough scraper to make cuts in the dough as shown, and widen the cut spaces with your fingers.
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  7. Proof, covered, for 2.5 – 3 hours (bake the first one at 2.5 hours so the second will have proofed for almost 3 hours).
  8. Meanwhile, preheat the oven, with baking stone, to 495F. You will also need steam during the initial phase of baking, so prepare for this now.
  9. Just before baking, brush the dough lightly with olive oil.
  10. Once the fougasse is in the oven, reduce the temperature to 470F. Bake for 8 minutes with steam, and another 10 minutes or so without steam, until the crust is crisp and brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.
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Post a comment » 23 Comments

  1. My, those add-ins are perfect. This sounds really delicious.

  2. Superb!
    Gorgonzola, pecan, and fig never sounded this delicious.
    Cheers,
    Elra

  3. I am salivating all over my keyboard. I wish I had Smell-O-Vision, but it’s temporarily unavailable. It should be up and running again once I have the grocery run completed. :)
    Oh, and I think that pic is beautiful, very rustic, quite authentic!
    Margie

  4. Beautiful!!! A great combination gorgonzola, figs and nuts… yummy! I agree that just pushing down with a scraper makes the best holes here!

  5. I’d be happy with the cheese and figs alone.. Even better baked into bread.

  6. Golly, I really KNEAD to do another fougasse! Not to worry Susan, this is beautiful with gorgeous filling/seasoning!!

  7. With a green salad and a glass of wine, this would make a very, very nice dinner!

  8. Oh yeah, I could eat that! Right now!

  9. Your filling sounds wonderful. I, too, love crust so this bread is for me.

  10. Just beautiful! I can feel the crackle of good crust, just looking at it.
    The figs would be such a great little hit of sweetness, perfect complement to the blue, rye and nuts.

  11. My mouth just dropped straight open. That looks and sounds unbelievable!! I cannot WAIT to make it!

  12. This is so delicious! My daughter is a fan of cheese breads, esp. crusty ones – am sure she will love this!

  13. That looks and sounds just delicious! I love the shape, it looks so decorative.

  14. I’ll take extra decadent any time! This fougasse looks totally yummy…

  15. The link to living in the kitchen with puppies is broken

  16. oops I posted my comments on the wrong thread. Here goes again, thanks for such a great recipe, I made it today and it turned out great! I am a new baker and hope sometime in the near future to take a 5 day series of classes at SFBI, I am in so. cal. so I have to figure a good time to go! Thanks again.

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  18. This has to be the greatest thing we have ever seen. All of our favorite things in one! Thank you for the recipe, we will probably eat this every day … forever!

  19. Thanks for showing the pictures on how to. I like the idea of straight cut. This bread looks and sounds great!

  20. phenomenal! I made mine with gorgonzola, bacon and fresh pears, as I am not a big fan of figs or nuts..

    for a 1/2 recipe, 70g of raw bacon cooked down to about 25 g, but was enough for the bread. I used about 2x as much fruit by weight (68 g total), since the fresh pears would weigh more than dried fruit

    it came out looking just like it should and tasting fantastic.

  21. Mine’s on it’s final rise right now! I can’t wait!!!! Thanks for the inspiration

  22. I made this last night. Substituted fresh thin sliced apple for the fig and some buckwheat for part of the rye. Tasted great! The apple added a subtle sweetness that balanced the sharp gorgonzola. Thanks for the recipe.

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