You will need:
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup good quality olive oil - I used Domenika Fiore Reserva
- 1/3 cup pistachios - rough chopped
- 4 figs - chopped fine makes approx 1/3 cup chopped
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
Step 1: In a large bowl add warm water, yeast and honey. Stir and leave 5 minutes to activate yeast.
Step 2: add good olive oil (look at the colour of that beautiful oil!), chopped pistachios and chopped figs.
Step 3: add 2 cups flour to the bowl and stir until it becomes too hard to mix with the spoon. Add 1/2 cup more flour to counter and pour contents of bowl on to counter. Continue kneading to incorporate all the flour. If the dough is still too stick continue adding a bit more flour at a time until it is no longer sticky. I used 2 1/2 cups of flour in total but, if your kitchen is more humid it may take a bit more.
Step 4: place dough in a covered bowl and leave in a warm place until doubled in size. This may take 2 hours.
Step 5: oil a loaf pan generously with olive oil. Set oven to 350 degrees F. Gently remove dough and deflate slightly to form a loaf. Place in greased pan and allow to double in size. This may take 1-2 hours. Cover with an oiled piece of plastic wrap to avoid a skin forming on the dough.
Step 6: remove plastic wrap and bake for 20- 30 minutes until nicely browned and the kitchen smells like bread. Immediately remove bread to a cooling rack. Cool and Enjoy!