Walnut-Fig Bread
I love this bread with blue cheese and fig preserves.
  • 11/4 cups warm water (85-100 degrees)
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3cups sprouted red wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1cup sprouted rye flour
  • 2cups chopped dried figs
  • 2tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2tbsp Celtic salt
  • 1cup cup toasted and chopped walnuts
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°. Stir warm water, honey, and yeast together in a small bowl until yeast is dissolved. Let stand about 5 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Place flours, 1 cup of dried figs, fennel seeds, and salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and blend with hands until a ragged dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer dough to a clean bowl that has been coated lightly with olive oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).
  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead in the walnuts and remaining cup of figs. Shape dough into a ball. Pull seams in toward bottom to stretch and smooth the top.
  5. Brush a baking sheet lightly with olive oil. Place dough on sheet. Loosely cover with a tea towel or oiled plastic wrap. Let dough rise again in a warm place until almost doubled in bulk.
  6. Bake bread about 30 minutes until light golden brown. Loosely tent with foil and bake another 20-30 minutes. Bread is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the bottom registers 180°, or when a toothpick inserted in bottom comes out clean, or if bread sounds hollow when tapped. Transfer bread to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.