Fresh Fig and Walnut Bread – or Cake – Recipe

The figs are ripe – although not a big crop this year.  The summer was too dry.  I wanted a recipe for fresh figs but I didn’t want Fig Bars.  I assume that they’re like Fig Newtons and I hate Fig Newtons.  I love figs though.

This is a great recipe for the Aude.  It combines fresh figs and walnuts, two local ingredients.  In North America we call this a quick bread.  I have no idea what it’s called anywhere else.  Any suggestions? 

Figbread

I don’t seem to bake in a straight line anymore so I’ll list the changes I made after the recipe.

Fig and Walnut Bread Recipe from the California Fresh Fig Growers – although I don’t think anyone actually grows dried figs.

See the conversion chart for Metric and UK equivalents

1-1/2 cups light or dark figs, stemmed and coarsely chopped
¼ cup dry sherry
1-2/3 cup flour
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon each: nutmeg, cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cup sugar
½ cup salad oil
2 eggs

Combine figs and
sherry; let stand 15 min. Mix together flour, walnuts, cinnamon,
nutmeg, baking soda and salt. In a mixer bowl, beat sugar, oil and eggs
to mix; blend in flour mixture. Gently stir in figs and sherry; pour
batter into well-greased loaf pan; bake at 350º F for 1-1/4 hours or
until bread feels firm when gently pressed in center. Cool in pan 10
min., then invert onto a rack. Bread can be frozen for later use.

NOTES:

If you’re not North American you’ll definitely need the conversion chart.  You could just use a recipe you already have for something like Banana Bread as a base and change from there.

  • I used a little less than 1 cup of sugar and it was still too sweet.  Next time I’d only use about 1/2 cup
  • I only used 1 egg and less than half the amount of oil called for but added one small container of plain yoghurt
  • I didn’t use cinnamon or nutmeg but did use 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
  • I didn’t use all of the sherry that the figs had soaked in.
  • I used about 3/4 cup of walnuts because that’s what I had left in the package.

Result:

  • A bit too sweet for me.
  • Good fig flavour
  • Nice texture, moist and a bit crumbly.

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2 Responses to Fresh Fig and Walnut Bread – or Cake – Recipe

  1. le Frog says:

    As I ate half of this delicious bread, yes the one in the article, I can attest to its goodness as after eating it I had this overwelming feeling of happiness and enlightenment. Thanks Sam for sharing this new culinary delight with me.
    Your friend Peter.

  2. Sam says:

    Wow! Happiness and enlightenment! You should try my banana bread. Or my brownies. LOL.

    glad you enjoyed it.

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