Cracked black pepper & figgy bread

Cracked black pepper & figgy bread

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(24 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins Cook: 45 mins


Cuts into about 12 slices
A fiery hit that goes well with cheese

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: nutrition per slice

  • kcal266
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.88g
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  • 650g strong white flour



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet easy blend yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 425-450ml/¾ pint-16fl oz warm water
  • 350g dried, ready-to-eat fig, roughly chopped



    Although not juicy, the fig is an incredibly luscious fruit, with a delicate aroma and sweet…


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, pepper, salt and yeast. Stir in the olive oil and enough warm water to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins until smooth and elastic.

  2. Put the dough in a lightly oiled, large bowl. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for about 1 hr or until doubled in size. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. When the dough has risen, knead it again to incorporate the figs, by pushing the dough and lightly kneading them in. Don’t overwork the dough; it can look quite rough.

  3. Shape the dough into a rough oval and put on a lightly floured baking sheet. Using scissors, slash the top of the loaf and sprinkle over a little flour. Leave it to rise again, uncovered, until slightly swelled, about 10-15 mins (if the kitchen is warm). Bake for 40-45 mins until it sounds hollow when you tap it underneath, then cool on a wire rack.

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12th Oct, 2011
My husband doesn't normally like "sweet stuff" with cheese...he devoured this and wants me to make it again. It is DeLiSH! A friend who was over for dinner said it was fab and that I had "raised the bar"...I just think I might make it again...;)
8th Oct, 2011
I used mixed dried fruit it worked just as well. mmmmmmmmmm delicious. xx
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18th Sep, 2011
very good bread first time I have made bread it was easy I only used 250gr of figs that was plenty will definitely make it again
13th Sep, 2011
Very good bread.. 350gr for figs is a bit too much.. Maybe use less... i will do the same dough with honey and walnuts!!!
7th Jul, 2011
An unusual and excellent bread. Very good with cheese.
19th Feb, 2011
Really good. Will try with roasted garlic next time.
26th Oct, 2010
Fantastic, used some roasted peppers out of a jar in it with a little rosemary. Soooo tasty!
20th May, 2010
This is amazing! I roasted some garlic and threw it in the mix - delicious....
23rd Apr, 2010
tried this bread with roasted garlic cloves folded into the dough instead of figs. Absolutely gorgeous! Great with a nice chowder .
22nd Jun, 2009
Very very good!


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