Cheddar and Fig Bread

  • Preparation 20 MIN
    Cooking 1 H
    Raising 2 H 45 MIN
  • Servings 1
  • Makes 1 loaf
When a new family moves in down the street, or when friends buy a new home, Ricardo and Brigitte wish them well by offering them a basket filled with three significant, and symbolic, gifts: bread (to ensure there’s always enough food in the house), wine (so that they’ll always be surrounded by friends) and salt (to cast bad spirits out), as per old European tradition. This bread, loaded with cheese and figs, is sweet and savoury and is so easy to make! What better way to welcome someone to the neighbourhood?



  1. In a large ovenproof pot or Dutch oven, combine the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water. Stir with a fork until completely moistened, but not completely smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm, humid place for 2 hours or until the dough has tripled in volume (see note).
  2. Place the whole wheat flour into a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle the figs and cheese on the surface of the dough. Fold the risen dough onto itself, about 6 folds, or until the figs and cheese are completely enveloped. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Place in the bowl of whole wheat flour and coat on all sides. Cover and let rise at room temperature for 45 minutes or until it has doubled in volume.
  4. Meanwhile, with the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 450°F (225°C). Place the cleaned pot or Dutch oven in the oven and heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from the oven. Drop the dough and all the flour into the centre of the pot. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool. Remove the excess flour.
  7. The bread will be very crusty and keeps for about 2 days.


The microwave and oven are perfect places to let dough rise; place a cup of boiling water inside the apparatus to create a warm, humid environment.

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