Bread, Cooking

La Fouace (Crown loaf)

A very old recipe dating from the Middle Age in France. The fouace (focus in Latin means fire) was a bread cooked under the ashes of a fireplace

For 4 people:

• 2 cups wheat flour
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 stick butter
• 3 eggs
• 7 grams yeast (2 teaspoons)
• 3 Tablespoons Orange blossom water

 Mix all the ingredients in a bowl
 Knead the dough vigorously for 8 to10 minutes
 Make a ball, leave the ball in the bowl
 Cover the bowl with a clean towel, and leave it overnight in a safe place
 Next morning, preheat the oven to 375ᵒ – 400ᵒ F
 Cut a little piece of the dough, and shape it like a stick you will braid
 With your fist make a hole in the middle of the dough
 Shape into a crown

Terace, Tobey, and Hong An are shaping the dough into a crown

Terace, Tobey, and Hong An are shaping the dough into a crown

 You can apply the braided stick on top of the crown, or cut narrow strips of this stick , and shape them into little chignons to decorate the crown

Fouace2

 Glaze with egg yolk before baking

Our 2016 cooking class students  just finished glazing their fouace.

Our 2016 cooking class students just finished glazing their fouace.

 Bake on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper for roughly 40 minutes until golden brown

Some of the  baked fouaces

Some of the baked fouaces

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