Look out for ‘fougasse’, the Catalan version of the Italian ‘focaccia bread’.

Most versions are sculpted or slashed into a pattern resembling an ear of wheat.

It is believed that the slashes cut into this flatbread were to allow labourers to slip their arms through the holes and carry the bread to work over their shoulders, leaving their hands free to carry their tools.

Fougasse was traditionally used to test out whether the oven temperature of wood stoves was right and ready to put in the rest of the bread..



  1. You can see a video of how to make focaccia on YouTube.
    The Catalan fougasse is not very different, just doesn’t rise as well as the Italian one. And fougasse, the word, is from focus, the Latin word for hearth.

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