The fougasse is one of my favourite bread. It goes back to when I was a little kid in Aix en Provence and a few days a week "le pere Richard" was making these delicious plain fougasse with little hearts to take off. Since then this olive oil base bread has gained popularity and now you can find fougasse of pretty much any taste pretty much everywhere. As part of my bread making "training" preparing some fougasse was an essential step and it's surprisingly simple! Actually, olive oil based breads: foccacia, fougasse etc... Are extremely easy to make and to bake.
For one large fougasse I use: 166g of flour (of your choice); 9g of dry sourdough; 2g of dry yeast; 4g of salt; 105g of water; 10g of olive oil; 75g of filing of your choice: olives, herbs, dry tomatoes, anchovies, cheese, ham... or just nothing. After stirring all the ingredients for about 10 to 15 minutes, keep in a warm place for 2h, then shape the dough, wait for an extra 1 to 2h before baking at 230 deg until goden. Finish with a thin layer of olive oil applied with a brush.