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Fougasse with Extra Mature Cheddar, tomatoes and curly kale pesto – the ultimate recipe

Fougasse with Extra 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® Mature Cheddar or Castello® Aged Havarti 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 mins 4 servings
Tomatoey Salty


  • 1 portion basic pizza dough (for two large loaves)
  • 1 portion tomato sauce
  • 100 g Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar or Castello Aged Havarti, 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.

2. 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.

3. Move the dough on the baking parchment over to a baking sheet and allow to rise covered for 15 min.

4. Blend all the ingredients for the pesto and season to taste with salt and pepper and preheat the oven to 200°C.

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

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

tips & tricks

Experiencing the full extent of the flavours of your dish, is a case of finding a wine or beer with complementing contrasts. A great rule of thumb is to look at the most prominent flavours of your dish and catering towards those. This means that going for the wrong pairing runs the risk of flavours being diluted or bland, as some wines and beers might be either too strong or too mild. In the end however, choosing what you want to pair your dish with is ultimately up to you, but finding the perfect matchup could make a huge difference in how you perceive the flavours of your dish!