Fig & Walnut Bread

  • Serves : 4
  • Makes : 1
  • Type : Lunch


  • 500g wholegrain spelt flour, plus extra to dust 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 7g  dried yeast prepared in accordance with pack instructions
  • 1 tsp sugar 
  • 300ml  lukewarm water 
  • 100g  dried figs roughly chopped
  • 50g  walnuts 
  • 60ml  orange juice 


  1. Mix the flour, salt and sugar together in a large bowl then add the yeast and water and stir until well combined. While the mix is still lumpy add the oil and knead well to make a smooth, pliable dough. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, cover with lightly oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place to double in size (approx. 1 hour). Meanwhile, combine the figs and walnuts with the orange juice and leave to soak.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas 3 and lightly grease a tin.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, add the soaked figs and walnuts with the juice then knead firmly for several minutes until evenly dispersed. Shape the dough into a smooth ball and place in the tin. Cover with oiled clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes until loaf has risen and fills the tin.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes. When cooked, the base should make a hollow sound when tapped. Remove from the tin and place on a wire cooling rack until completely cold.