Persimmon, Rosemary, Hazelnut & Cardamom Loaf

Fill your home with the gorgeous aroma of freshly baked bread straight from your oven. Serve with our delicious EVOO & Sticky Balsamic.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 60 minutes
Servings: 8 Slices (1 Loaf)


  • 120 gm Hazelnuts, chopped & roasted
  • 50 gm unsalted butter
  • 60 gm Rolled Oats
  • 450 gm Spitfire Whole-wheat Flour
  • Rosemary, handful fresh picked
  • ¼ tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. Malt Powder
  • ¾ tsp. Salt Flakes
  • 3 Free Range Farm Fresh Eggs, beaten
  • 300 gm Persimmon, dried & chopped
  • 1 ½ cup Buttermilk
  • 1 ½ tsp. Vanilla extract, natural
  • RG Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • Sticky Balsamic Reduction


  1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C. Spread the chopped hazelnuts on a baking tray and bake until lightly golden, approximately 4 minutes.
  2. Lightly oil one loaf tin (11cm wide x 25.5cm long) and then coat liberally with extra ‘Spitfire’ Flour - this will prevent the bread from sticking.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat together with sage leaves. Just heat the butter until it starts to brown and the sage leaves turn a little crispy. Remove from the heat but keep in a warm place so that the butter doesn’t solidify.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the cooled toasted hazelnuts with the remaining dry ingredients. Break the eggs in a separate bowl, add the persimmon, buttermilk, warm sage butter and vanilla extract and whisk together well. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet, stirring together well, to from a heavy, wet dough halfway between a thick cake batter and a bread dough. Add a little more flour if the dough is looking a bit wet or a little extra buttermilk if too dry.
  5. Spoon the dough into the prepared loaf tin and smooth the top of the dough with the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature with our EVOO and Sticky Balsamic.
  7. Will keep for up to a week in a sealed bag in the refrigerator.

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