Italian Baking: Fig Cake

Suitable for a sweet winter snack, this Italian favorite with dried figs and nuts is soft and great with wine or a glass of milk.

Italian Baking: Fig CakeShutterstock: MShev

A cake suitable for a sweet winter break. Dried figs (and all nuts), are key ingredients in the recipes of the Italian winter cuisine. This soft cake is perfect for dunking in milk or accompanied by a dessert wine.

Italian Baking: Figs cake
 
Suitable for a sweet winter snack, this Italian favorite with dried figs and nuts is soft and great with wine or a glass of milk.
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Recipe Type: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g (3½ oz-½ cup) raw sugar
  • 80 ml (2 ½ fl oz) mild extra virgin olive oil or 100 ml (3½ fl oz) organic cold-pressed sunflower oil
  • 300 g (11 oz) Kamut flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 15 g (½oz) organic baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 200 g (7 oz) dried figs
  • 50 g Nuts of choice, chopped
Instructions
  1. Beat the egg yolks with sugar and oil.
  2. Add the flour, vanilla, baking powder and mix.
  3. Whip the egg whites until stiff with a pinch of salt and, when ready, gently add them to the dough.
  4. Add dried figs and nuts coarsely chopped.
  5. Oiled and flour a cake pan (or lined with baking paper) and pour the mixture.
  6. Bake at 180°C (350°F/gas 4) for 25-30 minutes.

Veronica Lavenia

Veronica is a born and raised Italian. She inherited her love for travel, passion for cooking and natural, sustainable, healthy slow food from her parents. Her works have appeared in 'Vegetarian Living', 'Veggie Magazine', 'Lifestyle food', 'Australian Good Food & Travel Guide', 'Chickpea' and 'Free from Heaven', among others. She is the author of "Panini: the simple tastes of Italian style bread"; 'The Rustic Italian bakery", "The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen" and "A Modern Italian table", published by New Holland Publishers Australia.

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