Fig, nut & seed bread with ricotta & fruit

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins


Cuts into 16 slices (16 servings)

Start the day well with this fruit and nut breakfast loaf, spread with cream cheese and topped with orange or apple. It keeps for a month, too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving (1 slice with ricotta and fruit)

  • kcal249
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre6g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 400ml hot strong black tea
  • 100g dried fig, hard stalks removed, thinly sliced



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

  • 140g sultana
  • 50g porridge oat
  • 200g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 100g mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, Brazils, hazelnuts), plus 50g for the topping
  • 1 tbsp golden linseed
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed, plus 2 tsp to sprinkle
  • 25g pumpkin seed
  • 1 large egg
  • 25g ricotta per person



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 1 orange or green apple, thickly sliced, per person



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…


  1. Heat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3½. Pour the tea into a large bowl and stir in the figs, sultanas and oats. Set aside to soak.

  2. Meanwhile, line the base and sides of a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment. Mix together the flour, baking powder, nuts and seeds. Beat the egg into the cooled fruit mixture, then stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Pour into the tin, then level the top and scatter with the extra nuts and sesame seeds.

  3. Bake for 1 hr, then cover the top with foil and bake for 15 mins more until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from the tin to cool, but leave the parchment on until cold. Cut into slices, spread with ricotta and serve with fruit. Will keep in the fridge for 1 month, or freeze in slices.

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Amy Nguyen's picture
Amy Nguyen
1st Dec, 2019
This is a fabulous recipe and can be tweaked according to baker. I used less fruits and more nuts and some mixed spice, cinnamon and ginger to give it a festive feel. Agree with the below tips to bake for longer in order to avoid soggy dough. Perfect with banana and nut butters!
6th Apr, 2019
Really tasty. I use white self raising flour and 1 tsp of baking powder. It does take a lot longer than 1hr 15 mins to cook - approximately 2 hours.
Frantic Flapjack
9th Oct, 2018
This makes a lovely breakfast bread and not too sweet. It took a lot longer to cook than the recipe suggests though. I baked it for an hour, took off the foil and it took another hour to cook through (I checked it every 15 minutes). Served with ricotta and sliced strawberries.
11th May, 2018
I've been making this loaf for years and absolutely love it. It super easy to throw together and it tastes delicious! I usually can't be bothered to faff with the ricotta and peeling and slicing an orange so I just pineapple cottage cheese from Sainsbury's, easy and tasty.
13th Jan, 2018
Great recipe. I used dates instead of figs and added a banana. I blended the dates and banana together before adding them to the mix because as well as making the cake less dry it meant the sweetness from the dates runs all the way through the cake rather than in patches. The nuts and seeds topping works really well. I'm definitely going to be making this again!
30th Jan, 2016
I made this yesterday. I forgot my list, so I bought dates instead of figs! Similar calories, though! I opened my wholemeal flour, to find weevils, so that went in the bin! I just used white flour instead. Otherwise I followed the recipe. I thought that the mix was too dry, so I used some semi skimmed milk to loosen it. I added some cinnamon, too. I made it in a Lakeland mini loaf tin, which has 16 holes! It took 45 minutes to cook in my fan oven. I tried it today for brekki, with asda 70% fat free soft cheese. It was good, but another slice with a lot of butter would have been better!
23rd Mar, 2015
I didn't have any wholemeal flour, so used 120g plain flour, and 80g rye flour, with 2 tsp baking powder. I forgot to put the nuts in, but it still turned out to be excellent.
7th Mar, 2015
This is a great wholewheat loaf. I didn't have any figs so used dates instead, and just used walnuts rather than a mix of nuts, so it came out a bit like a date and nut loaf, but without the sweetness - you just get bursts of sweetness from the sultanas. Nice on its own fresh out of the oven - bet it would be good with a slice of emmentaler or similar nutty cheese. Oh, and if you only have plain wholemeal flour, then adding an extra 2 tsp baking powder gives a good result (so 3 tsp in total).
12th Oct, 2014
Great recipe. Have done it twice now. First time I didn't have any porridge oats so did it without and it was fine just quite crumbly. Told my boyfriend to have it with a egg because I couldn't remember what was this recipe suggested (remembering the yellow and white in the picture), so he had it with a poached egg and it was really nice!
28th Mar, 2014
My local Tesco had no wholemeal flour at all, so I made this with white - could this be the reason why I wasn't impressed? I loved the texture of the nuts and seeds, but I found the overall taste very bland. I thought that perhaps it should have had some sugar or salt in it, or perhaps both. It was greatly improved by cream cheese and fruit, but I don't think I would make it again.


4th Jan, 2015
I want to make a savoury nut bread to have with avocado for breakfast. Will this recipe work if I remove the fruit?
goodfoodteam's picture
13th Jan, 2015
Hi hjp, thanks for your question. The dried fruit is needed to help bind the mixture together so it's best to leave it in. However we're sure it will taste nice with avocado instead of the ricotta and oranges. Alteratively you could try this recipe for a malted walnut bread let us know how you get on.
28th Jan, 2014
I haven't got any figs,could I substitute with dates?
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Feb, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. Yes, dates would make a good substitution in this loaf. Let us know how it turns out!BBC Good Food team
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