Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
This wonderful fall recipe was crafted by cookbook author Susan Herrmann Loomis, who is well known for teaching cooking classes in her home in Normandy…“On Rue Tatin.” Its dense texture is perfect for serving with an aperitif before your guests sit down for dinner.
- 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon mounded fine sea salt
- 6 large eggs
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 10 dried figs, coarsely chopped (about 8 ounces)
- 2 cups gruyere cheese, finely grated
- 1⁄2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
- 1⁄4 teaspoon mounded fresh ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Butter an 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½ loaf pan, or 4 small loaf pans.
- Line with buttered parchment paper, dust lightly with flour.
- Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the eggs until they are combined, then slowly whisk in the dry ingredients.
- Stir in the melted butter until it is thoroughly blended, then fold in the figs, cheese, hazelnuts and pepper, making sure they are well distributed throughout the batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan or pans and rap it sharply on a work surface to release any air bubbles.
- Bake in the center of the oven until the top of the bread is golden, and a tester stuck in the center comes out clean.(40 to 45 minutes for a single loaf, 30 to 35 minutes for smaller loaves.).
- Remove the bread from the oven and turn it out onto a wire cooling rack. After about 5 minutes, peel off the parchment paper.
- Let cool and serve.