Rosemary & Fig Bread

Alot has been happening over the last few weeks, distracting me away from the blog. The biggest and most important thing being that I married my best friend, the Chief Taster, less than two weeks ago. And it really was a magical day, surpassing our expectations. Lots of great food, superb wine and let’s not forget the three tiered wedding cake – lemon drizzle on top, a traditional boozy fruit layer on the bottom and a chocolate and beetroot layer sandwiched in-between!

However to help banish the post wedding blues I’m now back in the kitchen under a new name, Helen Cross, doing what I love doing best – baking bread – and I’ve got a treat for you today. My rosemary and fig bread is the perfect pick me up, especially if it’s eaten while still warm. It goes well with a big bowl of piping hot soup or it is equally as good eaten on its own slathered in butter or honey or both.

The Ingredients…

225g strong white flour

225g wholemeal flour

1 teaspoon salt

15g of fresh yeast

290ml of lukewarm water

2 tbsp.  fresh chopped rosemary

Flesh of two or three juicy figs chopped

The Baking Bit…

1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle.

2. Mix the yeast with 1 tablespoon of water and add into the well with the rest of the water and mix into a soft dough using your hands.

3. Knead by hand for 10 minutes and place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and let it rest in a warm place until it has doubled in size. This usually takes an hour.

4. Heat the oven to 180 ◦ C.

5. Knock back the dough and knead both the chopped figs and rosemary into the dough for another 10 minutes. Shape your loaf, place on a baking tray and score lattice patterns on top.

6. Place back into an oiled bowl covered in clingfilm until it is one and a half times larger again.

7. Add a little milk and honey into a cup and using a pastry brush, brush the mixture over the top of the dough before baking for 30-40 minutes.


3 thoughts on “Rosemary & Fig Bread

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s