Our Cracked Black Pepper & Figgy Bread is a fiery hit that goes well with cheese and is a tempting choice for any cheese lover. The perfect combination of zesty black pepper and the sweet deliciousness of figs, this bread will make your taste buds dance with joy. Handcrafted with care, every bite delivers an explosion of flavor that will impress. Whether you enjoy it on its own or as part of a cheeseboard, our Cracked Black Pepper & Figgy Bread is a delicious addition to any dining experience.
- 650g strong white flour
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 7g sachet of yeast for easy mixing
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 425-450ml warm water
- 350 g dried, ready-to-eat figs, roughly chopped
Preparation of cracked black pepper and fig bread
- Mix flour, pepper, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
- Stir in olive oil and enough warm water to form a soft dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled, large bowl.
- Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
- When the dough has risen, knead it again to incorporate the figs by pressing the dough and kneading them in lightly.
- Don’t overwork the dough; it can look pretty rough.
- Shape the dough into a rough oval and place on a lightly floured baking sheet.
- Use scissors to score the top of the loaf and sprinkle some flour over it.
- Let rise again, uncovered, until slightly swelled, about 10-15 minutes (if the kitchen is warm).
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until it sounds hollow when tapped.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Equipment and tools
To prepare the Cracked Black Pepper & Fig Bread you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- measuring spoon
- baking tray
- parchment paper
- Bread knife
The Cracked Black Pepper & Fig Bread contains the following allergens:
- May contain traces of nuts
Storage and leftovers
After baking, store the Cracked Black Pepper & Fig Bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the bread for up to 3 months. To defrost, let stand at room temperature for a few hours or reheat gently in the oven.
The Health Benefits of Cracked Black Pepper and Fig Bread
There are countless variations to experiment with when baking homemade bread. A unique and flavorful option is Cracked Black Pepper & Figgy Bread. This bread not only satisfies the taste buds but also offers several health benefits.
1. Rich in fiber from strong white flour
Using 650g of strong white flour in this recipe ensures that the bread is high in fiber. Fiber works wonders for digestion, promotes regular bowel movements and prevents constipation. Additionally, a diet high in fiber can reduce the risk of heart disease and help maintain a healthy weight.
2. Anti-inflammatory properties of ground black pepper
Cracked black pepper not only adds flavor but also offers several health benefits. It is a rich source of piperine, a compound known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Regular consumption of ground black pepper can help reduce inflammation in the body and lower the risk of chronic diseases such as arthritis and certain cancers.
3. Nutritional Value of Fig Bread
This recipe contains 350g of dried, ready-to-eat figs, coarsely chopped. Figs are not only delicious, but also full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Figs contain potassium, which helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and calcium, which contributes to bone health.
4. Yeast and olive oil for gut health
The easy-to-mix yeast and two tablespoons of olive oil used in this recipe play a crucial role in improving gut health. Yeast is a natural probiotic that helps maintain the balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive system, supporting overall gut health. Olive oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps promote healthy intestinal lining.
5. Hydration and fig bread
The recipe calls for 425-450ml of warm water, which helps to combine all the ingredients together and achieve the perfect dough consistency. Additionally, hydration is crucial for overall well-being. Drinking enough water supports digestion, circulation and the elimination of toxins from the body.
In conclusion, Cracked Black Pepper & Figgy Bread not only tantalizes the taste buds but also offers several health benefits. From its high fiber content to its anti-inflammatory properties and nutritional value, this unique bread has a lot to offer. So next time you want to bake something special, try this recipe and enjoy its positive effects on your health.