Cracked Black Pepper Fig Spelt Loaf

A simple fig bread that's bursting with flavours and fruity goodness. Fresh black pepper gives this fig bread an extra kick!
Recipe Source: BBC Goodfood

  • 640 g Spelt #1050 flour
  • 3 tsp Cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 6 g Instant dried yeast
  • 420 ml Warm water
  • 2 tbsp Walnut oil
  • 360 g Dried figs©angiesrecipes, roughly chopped
  1. Whisk together the spelt flour, black pepper, salt and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and add in warm water and walnut oil. Stir to form a soft dough. Increase the speed and knead until the dough is smooth.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl and shape into a ball. Put the dough ball in a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for one hour until doubled in volume. Lightly knead the chopped figs into the dough until incorporated. Don’t over do it, the dough won’t look smooth.
  4. Shape the dough into an oval or a round and place on a lightly floured baking tray. Slash the top of loaf and dust a little flour. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Proof the dough for 30 minutes at room temperature until it slightly swelled. Bake in the center of hot oven for 45 minutes until it sounds hollow when you tap it underneath. Remove and cool on a rack.


Belinda @zomppa 29/10/10 13:43

Nice looking loaf!! I bet the spice and sweet work so well together.

Dee 29/10/10 13:53

Wow! Before I even read the recipe I was bookmarking this page. What a fabulous combination of flavors. I love figs & the black pepper sounds like a nice complement to this bread. Looks incredible, have a great weekend.

Carol 29/10/10 14:16

I love the combination of walnut oil and figs! Sounds so delicious and that is one great looking loaf!

Unknown 29/10/10 14:35

Wow the loaf looks pretty and perfect

Pari Vasisht 29/10/10 14:36

Lovely bread with interesting combination of flavours.

Treat and Trick 29/10/10 14:37

Unusual combo but looks great, tempting clicks too..

Claudia 29/10/10 15:04

I love the use of the dried sweet figs with the black pepper and the loaf is just gorgeous. Trying to grab it off the page.

Unknown 29/10/10 15:16

Your house must smell incredible all the time! You always have such wonderful breads baking!! YUM!

Joy 29/10/10 15:47

Oh I love this recipe.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy 29/10/10 16:05

It looks pretty and tasty!! Love all that pepper!! Thanks!

Dimah 29/10/10 16:09

Wonderful bread!! Sounds and looks great!

TasteHongKong 29/10/10 16:15

I love figs, your loaf touches my nerves.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 29/10/10 16:16

wow you are the queen of making perfect bread loaves and here is another display of perfection!

Faith 29/10/10 16:53

What a gorgeous way to use figs! Nice balance of flavors with the pepper!

ann low 29/10/10 17:02

Angie, Have been looking for spelt flour recently and just saw this spelt flour at some supermarkets. Going to get it soon and try on your recipe.

Dajana 29/10/10 17:10

I so love dried figs, but it never crossed my mind to use them in bread. I can imagine what beautiful smell there was in your kitchen when you baked this.

Umm Mymoonah 29/10/10 17:31

The bread looks really lovely with the figs, you are a brilliant baker.

Puja 29/10/10 17:37

What a beautiful looking bread loaf..baked to perfection!

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Kumi 29/10/10 17:46

Beautiful artisan bread! I've never used a sourdough starter before, but this recipe is inspiring me!

Karen 29/10/10 17:52

How delicious! This looks wonderful. Love the black pepper and figs in this recipe.

My Little Space 29/10/10 18:03

I love dried figs alot! Your bread fits well with all those figs. Yumm... I have to tell you, those photos are gorgeous with the natural sun light. When can you show me the surroundings? ^_^ Have a great weekend.

Magic of Spice 29/10/10 18:03

That is beautiful...I love nothing more than warm fresh bread :)

pigpigscorner 29/10/10 18:11

I like the black pepper in this, gives it a nice kick! Very nice combo!

Cheah 29/10/10 19:13

Gosh, what a loaf! Gorgeous pics!

Joanne 29/10/10 19:49

You had me at fig bread. Good stuff.

Satya 29/10/10 20:33

wow what a delicious looking bread with lovely combination of ingredients


Suchitra Vaidyaram 29/10/10 20:35

looks goooooood! black pepper sure will work its magic in this bread :)

Emily Z 29/10/10 20:38

Beautiful bread! I love the use of figs, although I have never cooked or baked with them yet myself. It sounds like it has great flavor!

blackbookkitchendiaries 29/10/10 20:39

i always love your creations.. you have such a talent. this bread looks amaizing. thank you for sharing.

Catherine 29/10/10 20:40

Wonderful Angie...mmm, so delicious! Pefect fall recipe!

sangeeta 29/10/10 20:59

Delicious looking spicy sweet bread . I have never baked with spelt as i is not available here but the flavors can be used for a 100% whole wheat bread too.

Krishnaveni 29/10/10 21:28

unusual combo, black pepper, it

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 29/10/10 21:57

I've never had fig inside a bread before, but I bet it tastes magnificent! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe and these beautiful photos, Angie. You are a great talent in the kitchen!

Priya Suresh 29/10/10 22:49

Wowww wat a beautiful looking loaf, fabulous work..

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron 30/10/10 00:15

your bread looks exactly what i want my bread to look like Angie! I made my very first own bread 2 weeks ago. Now I know what i want it to look like. Your crust is what i want!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 30/10/10 01:40

Terrific! That wonderful bread would go perfectly well with cheese.



kitchen flavours 30/10/10 02:05

I have been looking for dried fig for so long and here you have a beautiful bread with dried figs! Will have to bookmark this until I can get the dried figs!

Jeannie 30/10/10 06:21

Looks so good! Love the figs added, looks real healthy!

Monet 30/10/10 07:26

I am always looking for new and creative bread recipes...I've hit the jackpot here! This looks delicious. I love the combination of the sweet and spicy. Thank you for sharing, and I'm sorry if I've been a bit sparse here lately...we are going through such a trial. Thank you for all your kind words on my own blog. They mean a lot!

theUngourmet 30/10/10 07:43

I'm really enjoying your spelt recipes! I love that you've used figs in your bread. Delicious!

Sutapa 30/10/10 12:13

Fig bread..... great Angie! Looks so good and delicious!

HoHoHo 30/10/10 15:00

This is great... your bread looks so very yummy... :)

Velva 30/10/10 16:17

This a great time of year to bake fruit breads. I have always been a little intimidated about baking breads-although, slathered with butter or jam, are one of my favorite foods. Your bread looks wonderful. Quite a healthy one too.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 30/10/10 16:59

I love the idea of freshly cracked pepper which I associate with savory foods paired with sweet figs. Never have had spelt bread but I'm sure it's absolutely delicious.

Elisabeth 30/10/10 17:16

Never had bread with looks absolutely amazing. So beautiful. I will have to google the "spelt" flour, as I don't know what kind it is. Perhaps similar to bread flour?

lisaiscooking 30/10/10 17:22

Just gorgeous! The fig and black pepper together sound delicious.

Anonymous 30/10/10 17:56

A chunk of cheese, a glass of wine and this divine dream...

A Canadian Foodie 30/10/10 18:00

Do you ever make the same bread twice. You are consistently mixing it up, keeping it healthy, keeping it interesting and flavourful and fun. I love these bread posts, Angie!!!!

Angie's Recipes 30/10/10 18:47

Spelt #1050 is similar to bread flour.

tobias kocht! 30/10/10 19:04

Great idea. I have to try this one.

Unknown 30/10/10 19:32

this is brilliant fig loaf ooo lala awesome!

Pei-Lin 30/10/10 21:40

Wow! Your spelt loaf seriously looks good! You're truly one bread-making guru!

The idea of using black peppercorn tickles my fancy!!! With fig!? That's a fresh combo!

Cristina @ TeenieCakes 30/10/10 22:02

Angie - beautiful, rustic looking bread. Adore the use of dried figs. I need to find spelt flour and give this a try.

natural selection 30/10/10 22:37

Oh man...too nice. I need to slather some creamy butter across a two inch slice of this. Love the figs they look dee-lish! I'm convinced your husband lays about in silken robes with a laurel wreath on his head, tearing this bread apart with bejeweled fingers.

Printing this one out now!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ 31/10/10 02:39

THis is absolutely baked to perfection and jus one of the delicious goodies at ur wonderful blog!

Reeni 31/10/10 02:42

What a rustic and delicious loaf of bread Angie! I am loving those figs you added to it! Delicious!

Katie@Cozydelicious 31/10/10 03:36

I love the combo of sweet fig and sharp pepper! And this bread looks like it has a lovely crumb. Yum!

fimere 31/10/10 14:56

magnifique ce pain et très réussi, j'aime beaucoup
bonne journée

Joudie's Mood Food 31/10/10 18:47

Angie, this looks wonderful. I love the combo of pepper and fig. The sweetness and pepper sounds like a great mix. Gorgeous bread!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 31/10/10 19:11

Wow, love the big chunks of figs in here and I bet the black pepper really added a nice kick! Happy Halloween!

alison 31/10/10 20:14

excellent ,looks fantastic!

tigerfish 31/10/10 23:52

I really like how you combine spice and sweet dried figs in your bread :)

Jo 1/11/10 01:34

An absolutely gorgeous rustic loaf. Love the shots.

Brian Samuels Photography 1/11/10 01:55

I'd eat this whole loaf for breakfast if I could! That with a stick of butter of course.

Elin Chia 1/11/10 02:40

Angie..that's a great loaf...mmmm figs and crackled pepper...something different..guess it must be good. I will try making this but it is hard to get spelt flour over here in Ipoh. Can I substitute it with just High Protein Flour ?

Bakericious 1/11/10 03:24

Angie, this looks great, I love to spread with thick layer of butter, yum!

Angie's Recipes 1/11/10 06:25

Yes, Elin. Bread flour will work perfectly.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 1/11/10 10:40

You always make the most beautiful loaves Angie - and the flavour combination is wonderful! Love the photos too - too too tempting ;)

Unknown 1/11/10 14:07

Gorgeous loaf of bread! I see the recipe calls for walnut oil. I think chopped walnuts would taste delicious with the figs too in this bread too!

Mother Rimmy 1/11/10 15:10

You really can't beat a rustic bread. I could eat the whole loaf! The crust is my favorite part. :)

FOODESSA 2/11/10 23:10

The extra kick I've been getting lately is seeing all these great homemade breads. Yours is certainly one I'm bookmarking for the lineup of breads I'd like to try one day...especially with dried figs...mmmum!

Ciao for now,


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