When a new family moves in down the street, or when friends buy a new home, Ricardo and Brigitte wish them well by offering them a basket filled with three significant, and symbolic, gifts: bread (to ensure there’s always enough food in the house), wine (so that they’ll always be surrounded by friends) and salt (to cast bad spirits out), as per old European tradition. This bread, loaded with cheese and figs, is sweet and savoury and is so easy to make! What better way to welcome someone to the neighbourhood?
3 1/2 cups (525 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
1 3/4 cups (430 ml) warm water
1/3 cup (50 g) whole wheat flour or fine durum wheat semolina