Put the ingredients starting from the strong French bread flour up to the dry yeast in the ingredient list into a bowl, and mix with a spatula or cooking chopsticks until it comes together as one mass.
When the dough comes together, take it out onto a work surface and knead well for about 12 minutes. When it barely sticks to the work surface anymore and forms a slightly rough film of gluten, it's done.
Press the dough out flat. Add the chopped walnuts and figs from step 1 and wrap them up in the dough. Knead for a few more minutes to distribute the nuts and figs into the dough .
Form the dough into a ball, and put it into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise until it has doubled in volume (1st rising). For me it took 30 minutes at 40°C.
When it has finished rising, take it out onto a lightly dusted work surface and deflate. Divide into 12 portions and round off each. Leave to rest for 15 minutes.
Round off each ball of dough again, and line them up on a baking sheet. Leave to rise again until they are 1.5 to 2 times their original size. For me it took 30 minutes at 40°C.
Dust the surface with bread flour using a tea strainer. Slash the tops if you would like.
Bake in a preheated 210°C oven for 15 to 17 minutes. These rolls are chewier if you let them rest a bit before eating them.
From the next day on, the rolls will become nice and soft if you heat them up in the microwave. You can eat them as-is too of course.
Story Behind this Recipe
I made this as a gift for a colleague who loves figs.
In step 3, if you do a gluten check (stretching the dough out slowly and thinly) and the dough breaks off easily, keep on kneading the dough until it reaches the stretchy state shown in the photo.