Fig and Hazelnut Bread


My friend, Joanna, posted this bread on her blog , Zeb Bakes .

Only hers looks a lot better than mine.

It is so very good.  I kind of fudged on her recipe, because it is in grams and I 

am a firm believer in cups and ounces, tablespoons, and  Farenheit temperatures.

So this is my recipe.

3 cups bread flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup rye flour

1 or 2 TBSP soft butter

2 tsps sea salt

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 tsps yeast

1 1/2 cups of sliced dried figs

1 cup partially chopped hazelnuts

1 TBSP fennel seed

(optional- 1/2 tsp finely minced rosemary)

Mix together flours and salt.  Make a well in the center of the flour and

pour water and yeast into the well.  Mix the yeast (add 1/2 tsp sugar, to get it started)

and let it sit for a couple of minutes to prove the yeast.

Add butter and mix well, adding warm water to get a pliable dough- up to 3/4 cup more.

When the dough is well mixed, add the figs, hazelnuts and fennel.

Knead for about 10 minutes and then place in a well greased bowl and cover.

Let this raise for about 2 1/2 hours- poke it with your finger to make sure it is flexible.

Shape into a ball and place into a bowl that has a piece of parchment paper molded into it.

Raise for another hour and a half-preheat oven and cast iron kettle to 425 degrees F

and then carefully lift edges of parchment paper and place entire dough into kettle and

cover with a lid.  Bake for 25 minutes with lid on- then lower the heat to 375 and take off

the lid and bake another 20 minutes.


It is great with butter, or toasted, and today we had ham sandwiches with it and they

were magnificent.

10 thoughts on “Fig and Hazelnut Bread

  1. Elizabeth- this is really one of the best breads I’ve made in a long time. It works together so beautifully- and the sandwiches we made today were great.
    I gave Ally a taste and she said it was better than fig newtons. Yeah- because it is BREAD!!!

  2. Brydie- I knew you were going to make it. It just sounds too good NOT to make!
    Joanna- I really am not very good at finding my way around on other people’s webpages. I tend to get lost and can’t fond my way back. If you can find a way to do it- feel free.

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