This week's selection, as they seem to always be, was a winner... and one I will always remember because it was while kneading this dough, my KitchenAid Stand Mixer decided to try to hang itself. I'll never know what exactly happened, but between the kneading, life buzzing around and me boisterously pitting olives nearby it somehow managed to fall off the edge of the counter, missing the floor by inches, hanging by what was left of it's power cord!
Luckily I was able to have the cord replaced the next day...
However, when we plugged her in, my stir speed was gone. Since that is the one I use with the ice cream attachment, that just won't work. I searched and searched online and finally after finding the service manual, we tried to adjust the speed control... for well over an hour, but it seems a new part is needed. So my partner in crime, The Precious, Black Beauty, my sister from another transistor, is now out being repaired and getting the help she 'kneads'.
So now that you've all made sure that your small appliances are not dangerously close to the edge of the counter, let's get back to this yummy bread.
Even in the fridge, this dough certainly rises well!
Although it's such a soft dough, it's very workable...
I rolled it and stretched it as good as I could. I decided just to make one Fougasse the first night and save the other half of the dough until the next day.
I had a feeling some of my holes were going to bake together, I was right.
However, we didn't care at all... this bread was insanely good. We had it warm with some olive oil for dipping and a hearty soup (recipe coming soon).
The next day's dough was even easier to work with and stretched thinner. This loaf had a more pretzel-ish texture, for lack of a better term, and though different, was just as delicious.
I will be making these again and again (both ways), once I have my baby back... I don't have the guns to do this dough by hand.
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