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Fougasse with Mature Cheddar, Tomatoes and Curly Kale Pesto – The Ultimate Recipe

Fougasse with Mature Cheddar, Tomatoes and Curly Kale Pesto – The Ultimate Recipe

Dive in on green pesto and other homemade dips with our easy-to-make recipe for Italian-inspired Fougasse bread. Donning leaf-shaped holes in the centre, each piece guarantees a crispy crust with a satisfying crunch. Glossed in a thin layer of olive oil and sweet tomato sauce, light shavings of Castello® Tickler Mature Cheddar ensure that flavours are simple and straightforward. Requiring only few ingredients and even less preparation, this French pizza bread works wonders as a starter for hungry guests or as a cosy snack at home. Sharing the spotlight, our recipe for Curly Kale Pesto is the cherry on top.

50 min 4 servings
Tomatoey Salty


  • 1 portion basic pizza dough (for two large loaves)
  • 1 portion tomato sauce
  • 100 g Castello® Tickler Mature Cheddar, grated

Curly kale pesto

  • 100 g fresh curly kale, rinsed and trimmed
  • 100 ml pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • some olive oil for brushing


1. Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll each one out into a thin rectangle on a floured surface. Move the dough onto a piece of baking parchment. With a sharp knife, make one cut in the middle of the bread as well as two diagonal cuts on each side of the cut in the middle. Pull the dough gently to open up the holes.

2. Move the dough on the baking parchment over to a baking sheet and allow to rise covered for 15 min. Blend all the ingredients for the pesto and season to taste with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

3. When the bread has risen, brush it with olive oil and tomato sauce, sprinkle with Castello Tickler Mature grated cheese and bake in the middle of the oven at 200°C for approx. 25 min.

4. Serve the bread with curly kale pesto for dipping.

Tips & tricks

Leaving plenty of room for any condiment of your choosing, this sculptural pizza bread is the perfect dipping vessel for our homemade green pesto. Flavoured with lightly toasted pine nuts, garlic and fresh curly kale, this wholesome pesto offers smooth textures and a savoury palate. A hint of zesty lemon juice ensures that flavours are bright when topped on our flat bread Fougasse. Cut to shapes of leaves, the centre of this homemade French bread pizza is crispy and easy to pull apart – perfect for a hands-on treat or an engaging entrée!