Fig Apricot Raisin and Walnut Sourdough

A lovely way to start your day with a sourdough packed to bursting with fruity flavour. The figs, apricots and raisins combine beautifully with the walnuts to create a delicious sourdough bread.

Unit size 1000g (35.274oz)
Number of loaves 2
Total flour 817g (28.819oz)

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Time Action
Friday 9pm Make sourdough
Saturday 6am Make the fruit
Saturday 8.50am Make the Nuts
Saturday 8.55am Remove the starter from the sourdough.
Saturday 9.00am Mix bread dough
Saturday 10.30am Turn over dough
Saturday 11.30am Scale loaves and round
Saturday 12.00pm Mold to basket
Saturday 2.15pm Prepare oven
Saturday 2.55pm Boil water for steam
Saturday 3pm Bake at 200°C (392°F) for 30 mins.
Saturday 3.45pm Bake the second loaf at 200°C (392°F) for 30 mins.

Sourdough – Ingredients

Ingredients Measurements
Starter 33g (1.153oz)
Bakers flour 82g(2.882oz)
Stoneground flour 82g(2.882oz)
Water 114g (4.035oz)
*278g (9.799oz)

*Starters weight not included in total

Fermentation Time 12 hours
Required Dough Temperature 25°C (77°F)
  1. Add flours to bowl.
  2. Add starter to bowl.
  3. Add water to bowl and mix well using your hands.
  4. Cover and leave to ferment overnight. (Tip: You can heat up your oven at 50°C (122°F) for 15 mins and place sourdough in there overnight.)

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How to make a sourdough.

The sourdough created in this stage will be 33g (1.153oz) more than is required in the bread dough. This amount will be removed from the sourdough stage before adding it to the bread dough and will be your starter for the next time you bake.

Prepare Dried Fruit

Ingredients Measurements
Dried apricots 123g (4.323oz)
Dried figs 163g(5.764oz)
Raisins 123g(4.323oz)
Cinnamon 6g(0.216oz)
Cardamon 2g(0.072oz)
Water 41g (1.441oz)
*510g (16.139oz)
  1. Slice up apricots and figs.
  2. Place sliced fruit and raisins into a bowl.
  3. Add spices.
  4. Add water to bowl and leave to soak.

Prepare Walnuts

Ingredients Measurements
Walnuts 163g (5.764oz)
  1. Break up walnuts.

Bread Dough – Ingredients

Ingredients Measurements
Sourdough 278g (9.798oz)
Fruit 458g (16.139oz)
Walnuts 163g (5.764oz)
Bakers flour 572g (20.173oz)
Stoneground flour 82g (2.882oz)
Diastatic malt 2g (0.072oz)
Water 433g (15.274oz)
Sea salt 12g (0.432oz)
2000g (70.534oz)


Dough to Oven Time 5 hours 30 mins
Bulk Fermentation Time 2 hours
Intermediate Proof Time 30 mins
Final Proof Time 3 hours
Required Dough Temperature 25°C (77°F)
Baking Temperature and Time Set oven to the hottest it can go and warm up the stone for 40mins. Then bake at 200°C (392°F) for 30 mins.
  1. Weigh the required salt and leave to one side (it will be added later.)
  2. Weigh and add flours to the mixing bowl.
  3. Remove starter weight from sourdough and store in fridge as your next starter.
  4. Add sourdough to bowl.
  5. Weigh water.
  6. Weigh diastatic malt and add to the water, ensuring that the malt is dissipated in the water, then add to the bowl.
  7. Carefully mix and then knead dough on your bench.
  8. When the dough is fully developed (you can form a window), add the salt and knead until the salt is fully dissolved.
  9. Place dough into the bowl and add in the fruit and walnuts. Fruit mixed in with developed dough
  10. Mix using your hand until the fruit and nuts have been incorporated into the dough.
  11. Cover with plastic wrap for the bulk fermentation, turning every hour.
  12. Scale dough into individual units and round into balls, cover with a tea towel and leave to sit for the intermediate proof time.
  13. Shape into a bread loaf by pressing firmly in the centre and pulling the top edge over and pressing in to the centre and then pulling the bottom edge and pressing into the centre, creating a seam. Gently roll keeping the seam at the top until the dough stretches out to form the loaf shape.
  14. Place a tea towel into the banneton and liberally sprinkle flour so that the dough doesn’t stick to the tea towel.
  15. Gently place loaf seam up, into banneton and sprinkle flour on the top of the loaf, again so that the tea towel doesn’t stick.
  16. Leave to prove for the final proof time of 3 hours. The Required Dough Temperature is 25°C (77°F) so beware that if it is hotter than that the proving will be quicker and if it’s colder the proving will be slower.
  17. Place steam engine in oven and preheat to the hottest it will go for example 270°C (518°F) and then turn down to 200°C (392°F) just before baking.
  18. Tip loaves out of the bannetons onto the floured peel, the seam will now be on the bottom and slash at an angle of 30°.
  19. Boil the jug.
  20. Place the bread into the oven and add boiling water to the steam engine and spray the bread with water.
  21. Bake for 30 mins at 200°C (392°F).
  22. When you have removed the first loaf, leave the oven for 15 mins at max temp to heat it up and then again turn it down to 200°C (392°F) just before baking the second loaf.

Bread crumb

Tip: Once the bread has been baked and cooled down, place it in a plastic bag overnight so that the moisture spreads throughout the crust and is easier to cut the next day.

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2 replies on “Fig Apricot Raisin and Walnut Sourdough”

I just wanted to say how much I LOVE this recipe! I’m very, very new to baking bread using a sourdough starter, and this bread is my #1 favorite so far!

We’re in the middle of Wuhan flu pandemic, which means my local grocery shelves are empty of bread flour and other items, but I keep baking! I had to exchange out the dried apricots for what I had in my pantry (dried cherries and dried cranberries), and the bread was delicious!

I was finally able to procure some dried apricots, so the loaves I bake tomorrow will be according to your recipe.

Thanks so much!

Hi Jody,

Good to hear that you love this recipe, it took us quite a while to perfect it, it’s my favourite too! Stay safe and keep baking.


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