book were it not for "French Fridays with Dorie". Coming out of our comfort
zones is one of the things we enjoy most about this experience.
This week's recipe for FFWD is Provençel olive fougasse.
I found fresh rosemary and delicious kalamata olives at Giant supermarket
which were already pitted - which saves a lot of time.
I checked the recipe early and realized if I made it after dinner,
by the time "Dancing With The Stars" finished
at 10 PM EST, I could stir it and refrigerate over night.
This morning I halved the recipe, and found the dough so easy to
work with. It rolled out perfectly and baking it was a snap.
I baked them separately so that when I went to Tricia's house
for dog walking I could bring her family a treat.
I added some crushed black pepper to the second piece of dough to
give it a taste similar to an Italian tarallini (which is a round breadstick)
and it worked beautifully. Very tasty.
Since bread is my favorite food item in the whole world,
guess who ate the most.......
Yes, if you have not already figured out from prior posts ....
where Nana hand delivers measured "Dorie Ingredients"....
the fact that she comes over to help with my Pug and Westie
and delivers fresh fougasse should indicate how spoiled I am.
Not a bad life. Although the preview of the delicious fougasse
ensured that I could not take a pass on this one
since my family now wanted it ~
Overall it was a very forgiving recipe.
Bread can be tricky but any recipe that allows for tv watching
or "kid from school pickup" in between the steps is great in my book.
My husband and I particularly like Kalamata olives so this was
a sure bet for us. The kids enjoyed the bread in general.
I had used the lemon zest and was surprised at how much
I enjoyed the aroma - it was truly a lovely combination
that as usual, I would not have thought of myself.
I would definitely consider making this again but I would not
do it for company per se, as my creations were a bit too
artistic (code for did not roll out into rectangle as desired)
for "prime time" sharing.
One last funny note. In last week's post Nana referenced that
the fougasse would be a "whole new story". This is hilarious.
Even I was wondering what story she was going to tell this week
(I can't seem to remember yesterday lately......) but figured it
had to do with our trip to Nice last year since olives were the
theme. Nope. No story. She simply meant that the fougasse was
an adventure for another day kind of thing- not that we had already
had a specific adventure (relating to fougasse, anyway). We
were enjoying a dinner out in Princeton earlier this week after
watching the kids play lacrosse and she casually mentioned that
commenters were looking forward to the "story". I explained that I
was as well and when she clarified what happened I accused her of
"baiting the Doristas" and we both had a great laugh over the whole thing.
Happy French Friday ~