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3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Extra flour, for dusting


1.In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
2.In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil.
3.Mix the ingredients together until they form a cohesive dough.
4.Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
5.Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour until it doubles in size.
6.Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
7.Punch down the risen dough and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Shape it into a rough rectangle.
8.Using a sharp knife or a baker's lame, make slashes across the dough to create a leaf-like pattern.
9.Cover the dough with a clean towel and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
10.Bake the fougasse in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
11.Remove from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack before serving.

Fougasse is a classic French bread with a light and airy texture. It is traditionally shaped to resemble a leaf or an ear of wheat. This bread is perfect for snacking or serving with soups and salads. Enjoy this delicious and flavorful bread fresh from the oven!

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