Pecan Bread Bruschetta With Fig

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Pecan Bread Bruschetta with Fig is a multi-grain and pecan flour yeast bread with a spread of Greek yogurt, fresh figs and a drizzle of honey.

Pecan Yeast Bread Fig Bruschetta
Pecan Bread Bruschetta With Fig

What Is Bruschetta?

Wow! Have we come a long way from the original Bruschetta of Italy.

Slices of crusty bread, brushed with olive oil, lightly toasted in the oven and then topped with tomatoes, meats, olives, cheeses and legumes. 

Assemble figs, yogurt and honey on top of the pecan yeast bread
Assemble Figs, Yogurt and Honey On Top Of The Pecan Yeast Bread

This is my sweet and salty twist on Bruschetta. Homemade bread made with pecan nut flour and other non-wheat flours, baked to a rustic crunchy finish.

A spread of thick Greek yogurt, sliced fresh figs, freshly plucked from my tree, a drizzle of honey, and a beautiful bright burgundy and green sprig of beet micro-greens.

I am just learning to grow micro-greens and will probably never be without them in my kitchen again!

Homegrown Figs

Come on… I grew up in a Mediterranean influenced home. I always wanted to grow figs and grape vines and have a few goats.

Well… I got the figs, still working on the rest! This is now the third home I’ve had, where I have been able to grow figs.

They take about three years before a good harvest of figs appear, but so worth the wait!

Which is why, when I was asked to compete on The Great American Recipe, with PBS and was asked what I would make if I was in the finale, I knew!

For sure I would call my finale dish, Fig Finale, with Fish In A Fig Leaf, Endive Salad with Figs and a Fig Tart for dessert. I was… and I did!

My Beautiful Fig Trees
My Beautiful Fig Trees

Knowing that I wanted to create a dish to showcase the figs, not cook them, and not dumb them down with a loaf of store bought baguettes, I created this recipe.

I woke one morning knowing exactly what kind of bread I would make for my figs and I’m telling you this recipe is now one of my favorite (easy to make), yeast breads

Freshly Picked Figs
Freshly Picked Figs

Pecan Flour For Pecan Yeast Bread

Actually, any nut flour would be great in this Bruschetta bread but somehow I just thought pecans would be the nut I wanted to enjoy with my figs.

Each nut has its own distinct flavor and tossing them into the food processor to grind to a flour only takes about one minute.

The pecan flour tastes nutty, for sure, a bit sweeter than walnuts, pistachios or hazelnuts and more full flavored than the gentle taste of almond flour. Pecan flour it is!

Yogurt Instead Of Cheese On Bruschetta

What to spread on this gorgeous slice of bread before I layer my figs on top? Why, Greek yogurt, or Homemade Yogurt of course!

Thick Greek yogurt spreads much like Mascarpone or cream cheese. Since it’s more gut-friendly, it just makes more sense when serving for a gathering.

As for me personally, I love the extra tangy flavor it brings to the figs. A drizzle of honey across the top and you won’t be able to stop eating this Bruschetta!

Homegrown Micro-Greens

Having a large events catering company in the family, I was exposed to these pretty little vegetable confetti that were used to garnish hundreds of artistic plates in just one setting.

They were expensive and very delicate, a cost rarely considered when billing clients for the beautiful food served at their wedding or other special occasion event. 

Homegrown Micro Greens
Homegrown Micro Greens

Grow them? I never gave it a thought until a year of the Covid lockdown, and bored out of my mind to generate some life around myself.

Ultimately, I was surprised how fast the seeds turned into a thick carpet of tiny, colorful leaves.

I was hooked! The micro-greens I used on this Bruschetta are a type of beet, therefore the vibrant color but I will try this dish again with other greens. 

Garden To Table
Garden to Table

How To Make Pecan Yeast Bread Bruschetta With Figs

Not sure why people are generally shy of making yeast bread. It couldn’t be easier. Some type of flour, some yeast and something wet.

Mix until it’s no longer sticky and in about an hour or more, you’ve got a beautiful dough to bake and fill you home with the most amazing aroma of love!

Pecan Yeast Bread Ready To Bake
Pecan Yeast Bread Ready To Bake

In this recipe of pecan yeast bread, I simply ground a handful of pecans (other nuts or even oats could be used), and used this as part of the flour mixture.

Since I was looking to create a more rustic, grainy texture bread, I used spelt flour instead of wheat flour. Wheat flour, however, does puff up a bit more than a heavy flour.

Beautiful Pecan Yeast Bread
Beautiful Pecan Yeast Bread

How To Assemble Pecan Fig Bruschetta

Once the bread is baked and cooled and the figs are sliced thinly, you simply spread a schmear of Greek yogurt across the individual slices of bread.

Finally finish with a layer of figs on top, drizzle honey and top it off with a lovely micro-green. 

When To Serve Fig Bruschetta

Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dessert or High Tea! Having a few friends over?

Serve these with tea or a sparkling wine. Having a light dinner and want a little nibble while watching an evening film?

Perfect with whatever your favorite evening pour is. A healthy, simple, homemade treat you are sure to make often. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Olive oil
  • Pecans
  • Millet flour
  • Spelt flour
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Fresh figs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Honey
  • Micro greens
Pecan Yeast Bread Ingredients
Pecan Yeast Bread Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Food processor or spice grinder to grind pecans
  • Baking sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

Pecan Bread Bruschetta With Fig

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: AppetizersCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

6

servings

Pecan Bread Bruschetta with Fig is a multi-grain and pecan flour yeast bread with a spread of Greek yogurt, fresh figs and a drizzle of honey.

Ingredients

  • Yeast – 2 teaspoons

  • Sugar – 2 teaspoons

  • Water – 1/2 cup

  • Milk – 1 1/2 cups (I used goat but plant milk works too)

  • Olive oil – 1/3 cup

  • Pecan flour – 1 cup pecans, crushed to a flour

  • Millet flour – 1 cup (oat flour can substitute)

  • Spelt flour – 2 cups, or more as needed

  • Salt – 1 tablespoon

  • Egg wash – 1 egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water

  • Greek yogurt – 1/2 cup

  • Fresh figs – 1 per slice of bread

  • Honey – 1/4 cup

  • Micro greens – 1/4 cup (optional)

Directions

  • In a large bowl place the yeast, sugar and water and allow to sit for 5 minutes to dissolve and start to foam.
  • Whisk in the milk, oil and salt. Slowly whisk in the pecan flour and millet flour.
  • Slowly whisk in the spelt flour until the dough comes together. Switch to working the dough with your hands, adding enough spelt flour until it is no longer sticking to your fingers.
  • Transfer dough to an oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm (not hot) place for about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 400. Shape the dough into a log. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle the top with a little coarse salt and bake for 18 minutes. Cool and slice for Bruschetta.
  • Per slice of bread, spread a little yogurt, thinly sliced fresh fig, a drizzle of honey and a micro green on top.

Pecan Bread Bruschetta With Fig
Pecan Bread Bruschetta With Fig
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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