Fantastic Fig Bread

Nick and I travel to Ocracoke Island often- in the summertime, the island is bursting at the seams with their amazingly delicious fig cake.

It was love at first bite. Blows fig newtons out of the water (duh!)

So, the other day at Whole Foods, I ventured into the fig territory.  I chose 4 lovelies to come home with us.

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I had no clue what I was going to make- so I did a simple search for “fig recipes.” It was then I stumbled upon a great blog and terrific recipe for Fig bread!

I made the necessary adjustments for our altitude (the recipe was designed for higher altitude cooking) and went crazy over the final product!

Ingredients

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp turbinado sugar
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
3/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup fig preserves, or 4-5 whole figs, or any other fruit (blueberries, blackberries, bananas, etc.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Prepare a standard size loaf pan with either butter and flour or baking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together both flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt; set aside.

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4. In a large bowl, combine eggs and turbinado sugar with a wire whisk.

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5. Rinse figs, cut off ends, and finely chop.  You can choose to peel the figs, but I like the added skin “fiber.”

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6. Add oil, greek yogurt, applesauce, figs, and vanilla extract. Whisk until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

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7. Add the dry ingredients just until combined.

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8. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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9. Remove bread from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing bread from pan to cool completely.

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10. Enjoy a delicious, healthy “breakfast” or dessert loaf! I also think this recipe would work fantastically by substituting different fruits for the figs, such as blackberries, blueberries, even bananas!  This is just a great, healthy recipe with very little added fat! (That just means you can put more butter on top of your sliced piece :))

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Cheers and happy evolving!!

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