Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fig Walnut Loaf (SHF35)

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When Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice announced "The Beautiful Fig" as the theme for this month's Sugar High Friday, I really wanted to participate in this month's SHF and support my fellow Daring Baker Ivonne. Sugar High Friday, the brainchild of Domestic Goddess Jennifer, is the food blogosphere's travelling sweet tooth event. Every month a new host picks a theme ingredient and anyone can create something sweet incorporating the theme.

Fresh black mission figs seem to say "autumn" to me and are readily available this time of year. It almost seemed like a shame to bake the wonderfully sweet fresh figs, so I made sure to buy extra figs for snacking too! When combined with walnuts, this fig loaf turned out to be a perfect autumnal treat.

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Fig Walnut Loaf
(makes one 8x4-inch loaf OR three 3x5-inch mini loaves)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
6 ounces unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temp.
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped fresh figs
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325F. Butter and flour one 8x4 inch loaf pan (or three 3x5 inch mini loaf pans). Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside.

Stir butter and both sugars until combined. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Mix in figs and walnuts.

Pour batter into the 8x4 inch loaf pan (or divide batter evenly among the three mini loaf pans). Bake at 325F until cake tester comes out clean (a few dry crumbs are okay but it shouldn't be wet), approximately 75 minutes for the 8x4 inch loaf (or 30-40 minutes for the three mini loaves). Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

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18 comments:

Brilynn said...

This would probably be pretty good with some honey drizzled on top too!

veron said...

figs and walnuts - what an awesome combination! When we were in San Fran during the last week of September a couple of years ago, we saw a sea of figs that was quite a spectacle. The hubby, being crazy about figs, did not know what to do. He was like a kid in a candy factory.

Ivonne said...

Mary,

That loaf looks so moist! I wish I could have a piece with a cup of tea. And I love that you paired the figs with walnuts. I think they go together perfectly.

Thanks so much for taking part in SHF #35!

daphne said...

nicely done! that's a great combination. I'm craving for some figs now!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Figs were in season not too long ago here in Peru. I look at them longingly, wondering what I should do with them. After seeing your recipe, I will be sure to buy and try them next time. This cake looks delicious!

Peabody said...

Looks great and like Ivonne said, very moist. So jealous of your fresh figs. We had some earlier this Summer but when I needed them for the challenge no such luck. Such is life. :)

Meeta said...

Love this cake. Figs are so awesome and in a loaf with walnuts I can so imagine the wonderful flavor. It looks wonderfully moist!

Anh said...

This cake is really lovely! I am sure it tastes excellent.

Tartelette said...

This is exactly the kind of cake I like toasted with thick mascarpone in the morning! Looks great!

Anita said...

Looks so delicious! Isn't it exciting to see all the figs at the markets right now?

Mansi Desai said...

Hahha...what a coincidence! I just posted my fig ice cream recipe on my blog!! loved your bread, it'll be great with my ice cream!!:)

beautiful combo-figs and walnuts

VeggieGirl said...

what a gorgeous loaf!! I LOVE figs and walnuts, but have actually never incorporated them into the same baked good or any other dish (yet!) - wonderful entry for the SHF #35!! :0)

Dana said...

This looks delicious -- then again, everything on your blog always does! I'm partial to your dried cherry almond cake :).

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh yes walnuts and figs would be perfect together but like you, I'd need a few extra for just simple snacking bites! Perfect!

Brittany said...

This looks delicious, and MOIST! I have quite a bit of black missions to use up, and this is what I think I need to do with them. Yum!

Amy said...

Walnuts and figs sound perfect! This cake looks absolutely delicious, I wish I had some for breakfast tomorrow. :)

Maryann said...

That fig loaf looks awesome. I would like that with my morning espresso. :)

Annemarie said...

My husband actually commented when (peeking over my shoulder) he saw this loaf - 'You should think about making that'. Looks like I have my Saturday cut out for me!