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Cracked black pepper & figgy bread

  • 650g strong white flour Flour fl-ow-erFlour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet easy blend yeast Yeast yee-stYeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…
  • 2 tbsp olive oil Olive oil ol-iv oylProbably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
  • 425-450ml/¾ pint-16fl oz warm water
  • 350g dried, ready-to-eat fig, roughly chopped Fig figAlthough not juicy, the fig is an incredibly luscious fruit, with a delicate aroma and sweet…
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, pepper, salt and yeast. Stir in the olive oil and enough warm water to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins until smooth and elastic.
  • Put the dough in a lightly oiled, large bowl. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for about 1 hr or until doubled in size. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. When the dough has risen, knead it again to incorporate the figs, by pushing the dough and lightly kneading them in. Don’t overwork the dough; it can look quite rough.
  • Shape the dough into a rough oval and put on a lightly floured baking sheet. Using scissors, slash the top of the loaf and sprinkle over a little flour. Leave it to rise again, uncovered, until slightly swelled, about 10-15 mins (if the kitchen is warm). Bake for 40-45 mins until it sounds hollow when you tap it underneath, then cool on a wire rack.