Every once in a while I feel the desire to give my clients a special treat, which will allow them to experience new textures and flavors which they don’t usually do. Whenever I’m in that special mood I’ll probably begin my day with preparing of this fig bread: an amazing healthy bread for pregnant women, and everyone else.
Why is it good for your Pregnancy Diet?
Having figs while pregnant is a great thing. They are packed with a variety of minerals, such as potassium, iron and especially calcium, which is one of the most important nutritional ingredients you need for your diet while pregnant: the baby needs calcium for his bones and teeth. If the mother won’t have enough calcium in her pregnancy diet, she might harm the baby, and herself since her bones will weaken as well.
Another reason to have figs while pregnant is because they really help treating digestion problems, which is something many pregnant women encounter. Figs have a lot of fiber and are sometimes laxative; therefore they can help with constipation, hemorrhoids and more.
For all these reasons, and many others, many experts recommend on eating 3-4 figs per day while pregnant.
2 cups of whole grain flour
1 packet of yeast
1 spoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of salt
3 spoons of olive oil
1/2 cup of warm water
Optional: 1 cup of chopped pecans
5-6 sliced figs
Pinch of sugar and salt
- In a big bowl, mix the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, olive oil and water.
- Shape the dough into a round shape and brush it with olive oil. Put it in the bowl; cover it with a moist cloth or towel. Let it rest for 60-90 minutes, or until its size doubles.
- Shape the dough into a rectangle or an ellipse, about 0.5 inches thick.
- Grease a baking pan with some olive oil and put the dough in it. Place the fig slices on top of the dough, as well as the pecans if you use them.
- Brush the bread and the figs with olive oil. Cover the pan with moist towel and let it rest for additional 60-90 minutes. Use this time to preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180 Celsius).
- Sprinkle some salt on the bread (and the sumac if you use it), then bake it for 35-40 minutes.
Best served with olive oil or vinegar dressings. Comment below and let us know what you think of this dish, and if you like this bread in your pregnancy diet.