After my last attempt (triumph) at bread I fancied doing a bit of bread experimentation (perhaps not as exciting as it sounds).
So whilst terribly bored at work I did some internet trawling and found Black Pepper and Fig bread. Yummy I thought, I adore figs as they are and surrounded by fluffy bread sounded like perfection.
The recipe was just a basic bread one though a little heavier on the flour than my last one. 650g rather than 500g but that was the only difference.
The basic dough was made by adding wet to dry but with the addition of 2tsp of crushed black peppercorns. the figs come later.
Knead the bread for about 10 minutes, for this I found Kate Bush songs very good. Particularly ‘Breathing’ except where it goes a bit instrumental in the middle. Anyway, 10 minutes of kneading and stick it somewhere warm to prove. This is the tricky part in my house as its always cold! There is never such a thing as soft butter in my kitchen because of this.
Back to the bread, prove until twice the size like a doughy bread monster and then gently fold the chopped dried figs into the dough but don’t be too heavy handed. Make it into a smooth round of dough again and prove for another 15 minutes and then bake it for about 45 ish minutes or until hollow sounding when you spank its bottom.
Tada Lovely fruity bread. The figs take on a sticky almost chutney flavour and the black pepper gives just the right amount of background heat.