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Fig Hazelnut Sourdough

by Saara

There are not too many fig hazelnut sourdoughs floating around on the web so I decided to develop my own recipe. I’ve yearned for a really flavourful bread for cheese and I think I finally found the perfect balance with wheat and rye.

To me, fig & hazelnuts are a match made in heaven! If you share a similar feeling with me, give this bread a shot. Below you’ll find the recipe for the bread as well as for a starter if you don’t have one yet. Hope you enjoy it!

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The recipe yields one loaf and I prefer to bake this bread in an oval shape. In the dough, I used whole grain rye flour. I proof the loaf in Backefix’s 30cm long oval banneton from Amazon.de* which is great for 750-1000g doughs.

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This is also a heavy dough so I prefer to work it with the help of a stand mixer. If you build the dough with your hands, double the kneading times. Since I bake this particular loaf for a special occasion involving cheese, I used quite a bit of figs and nuts, you can use less than specified in the recipe. The loaf came out a bit underproof so keep that in mind: observe the dough and give it enough time to build volume!


Fig Hazelnut Sourdough

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Makes/Serves: 1 loaf
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 90 g figs (moist or soaked)
  • 130 g toasted hazelnuts
  • 250 g water
  • 200 g bubbly starter
  • 150 g rye flour
  • 200 g wheat flour
  • 50 g spelt flour
  • 25 g honey
  • 8 g sea salt





Heat the oven 200°C/ 392°F. Carefully toast the hazelnuts for -10 minutes on a baking tray. Do not leave them in the oven unobserved as the nuts burn easily. Let the nuts cool for a while & then rub the skins off either with fingers or inside a tea towel. Using a mixer or a knife, finely shred a portion of the hazelnuts (100ml). Randomly chop the rest but you can leave few nuts full-sized, too. If you don't have moist figs, you can soak dry figs and rehydrate them in 30 minutes.



Weight and add all the ingredients into the bowl except salt. Keep mixing the ingredients at the slowest speed for 10 minutes. Add salt & finely shredded hazelnuts and keep mixing for 5 more minutes.

Grease a container or a bowl that you can cover with a wrap (I used avocado oil). Keep the dough resting at room temperature covered in the bowl in a warm spot. After the first 30 minutes, gently press and fold the dough down. The dough should be ready for shaping after 1,5 hours resting (depending on room temperature).



When doubled in size, work and shape the dough on a lightly floured surface. First, shape the dough into a long rectangular so that you can add the figs and the rest of the hazelnuts. Fold both edges from left and right into the middle so that you now have a smaller rectangular.

From here, you start working on your batard or any other method you prefer to make a longer bread. I pressed a clean seam on the edge closest to me & then started working the dough from the opposite edge. Rolling and tucking, rolling and tucking until I was at the end to seal the shape with the seam. Check the shape and fold the pointy sides inside. Work the dough carefully because you don't want any figs or nuts to come to the surface.

Transfer into the banneton. Remember to place the bread seam side up and finally cover the bread with a wrap. Let the loaf proof at room temperature and make the poke test a few times to anticipate when to pre-heat the oven.



Pre-heat the oven and baking stone 250°C / 482°F. (Also add an extra baking tray in the bottom level of the oven if you want to use it or a cast-iron skillet for steaming. 

Place the bread on the stone and create the steam. Schedule and observe the oven bake accordingly: bake the loaf for 10 minutes at this highest temperature. Next, open the oven door and lower the temperature to 200°C / 392°F. Bake the bread for another 10 minutes and open the oven door for air again. Bake the bread for 40-50 minutes until fully done (98°C inside). Let the bread rest on a cooling rack.

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This bread was amazing! It’s moist, rich in flavour, and has a long shelf-life. The crust is really crunchy & beautiful golden brown thanks to honey. The first half of the bread is gone already but I reserved the second half into the freezer for a proper get-together around a cheese platter & wine. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe, happy baking!

Love, Saara

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Kat 2021-12-05 - 6:51 PM

Can you do an overnight proof for this bread?

Saara 2021-12-07 - 10:50 AM

Hi Kat! This is quite a sugary loaf and the recipe includes relatively large amount of starter. To make an overnight proof, I would use a little less starter and add that decreased amount into fresh flour and water. Keep an eye on the rise before transferring the loaf into the fridge, let me know how it goes!



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