A relaxed friendly hands-on cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France
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Italian Flat Bread

A simple and versatile Mediterranean flat bread...

Just about every country on the planet (with, perhaps, the exception of the Arctic) makes some form of bread, either levened or otherwise. 

Focaccia has its direct equivalent in the form of Fougasse, which hails from Provence. 

It's great served for Apero (pre-dinner drinks and nibbles) cut into bite-sizeed squares rustically arranged on a wooden chopping board.

Presented on a large wooden chopping board with a selection of dips, Focaccia makes a great dinner party ice-breaker!

Serves 12


500g plain, or strong flour
2 sachets easy-blend dried yeast
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
400ml luke warm water
large handful roughly chopped rosemary, sage, or thyme leaves
12 black olives
2 tsp rough sea salt


Put the flour, yeast, salt and oil in a roomy bowl and mix in most of the water with a wooden spoon, stirring to form a very soft gooey dough. 

Turn out and knead on a floured worktop for about five minutes. 

Place in a large oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm part of the kitchen for one hour until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 220°C.

Lightly oil a baking tray and tip in the dough. 

Now, with your fingers, gently spread the dough out to the edges of the tray, flattening it as you go.  Leave again, uncovered, in a warm part of the kitchen for twenty minutes until risen again.

When it has risen, scatter with the herbs and gently ‘dib’ the surface of the dough with your fingertips making deep depressions in the surface.  Sprinkle over the black olives and sea salt and place in the centre of the oven.  Bake for about twenty minutes, or until golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for ten minutes or so. Cut into squares and serve.



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    Some of the things you'll be doing on the cooking course:

    Learn how to cook pastries, breads and soups

    Select and prepare the best fish and shellfish

    Butcher common joints of meat

    Cook classic French and Italian sauces

    Construct modern dressings

    Master the art of stylish contemporary food presentation