Monday, September 27, 2010

Fig Bounty

For the past few weeks, I have basically been living off figs.  This particular season, the fig bounty has been of such abundance that I had to come up with ways to use this glorious fruit (not a bad problem to have!).  Besides just eating them fresh off the tree or indulging in this decadent treat, I decided a bread of some sort would be the perfect recipient of my favorite 'end of Summer' fruit.  

And yes, I would be thrilled to know how you satisfy your fig fancy ~

Fig Banana Bread
2 Bananas (ripe)
4-5 Figs (ripe and cut into small pieces)
1/2 cup of melted butter
3/4 cup turbinado (raw sugar)
2 cups of all-purpose flour 
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamom*** (this is what puts it over-the-top)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix mashed bananas and butter in large mixing bowl.  Add the sugar, lightly beaten eggs, figs and vanilla.  Sprinkle baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom over the mixture and stir in.  Add the flour last, mix well.  Pour into a 4 x 8 loaf pan and bake for approx. 1 hour or until toothpick comes out dry.  Once removed from oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then slice and serve!     


  1. You have won my heart with this post!! Figs are all together one of my favorites!!! I love putting them on pizzas, and fig jelly tastes so gooood on a crusted baguette. We should have lunch sometime!!! XO

  2. my favorite.
    i love stuffed figs wrapped in prosuitto...
    and yours look devine.

  3. Sounds delicious! I always like perfumes w/ fig scents too!

    p.s. CSN giveaway open if it interests you. xo

  4. You continue to inspire me Mel. Really, you do. The only fig I've ever eaten in my whole life is in Fig Newton! HAHA! Seriously! But I'd be willing to give that bread a try. I think of you when I'm shopping the perimeter, girlie. I'm making BIG progress on my goals! Hugs!

  5. Yum....I have never had a fresh fig...they are just not common in this I think I am missing out BIG TIME!!!

    Happy day to you my dear.

  6. Oh, heaven! Denver is an orchard for many fruit trees, but figs we do not have in this climate. How I long for them!

  7. Dear Melissa,

    This morning I woke with an urge to post our time together yesterday. I realized I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES!!! Even one of My butterfly!! I am still basking in the glory of all of you~ Thank you for taking time to stop in and be with us Solomon girls. I'm missing you today....Drive home safe and slow.

  8. Yum!

    also wanted to drop you a line...the 2 blog thing was not working for me so I merged them...the one you followed is gone, but I hope you visit me on the old/new one ;)

  9. As we were lucky enough to have received some of this fig bread as a gift, I can personally tell you that it is fantastic! Melissa, thank you so very much - we truly enjoyed it. It was so good with a nice cup of espresso!

  10. Oh, that fig bread recipe sounds delicious! I will definitely be trying out this recipe.

  11. Hello Dear Mel,
    I love figs and I love banana bread so the two together...Perfection!! I use fig scented candles in my home a lot and cook with them this time of year as often as possible. I will give this a try, I usually try most of the recipes you post and love them all. I have made the salsa all Summer long thanks to you and that incredible recipe. I love to stuff figs with the best freshest mozzarella I can find and wrap them in thin slices of prosciutto and broil/bake for a few minutes until bubbly. Then I put a little splash of Wine Drizzles I bring back from The Niagara on The Lake region in Canada. Super easy and my friends love them. I needed a new way to use figs so your bread will be perfect.
    PS, I know I said everything already in the email I sent you but thanks again you are an angel. I told your mother in law (when I purchased an iPod case at her shop) what a sweetheart you are and she just raved about how wonderful you are!!! Everyone adores you sweetie.

  12. I have to admit that I have never baked or cooked with figs, but they have always looked beautiful in photos! I will have to give it a shot, perhaps...

  13. Me too Mel.....I think I am over dosing on figs! How I love them...Thanks for the recipe, xv.

  14. I know, Mel, you're gonna be all "What the?!!" but your Uncle has never, I mean NEVER, tried a fresh fig! Ever! I know! I gotta put the smack down on that one! Perhaps I shall pick some up at the store and snack on some while using the rest to make what sounds like some damn fine bread! :)

    Hope this finds you well!

  15. this reminds me of the most amazing, mouth watering salad i recently had from nordi's cafe...the grilled fig and goat cheese salad with apple smoked bacon bits. YUM x 1,000,000!

  16. figs are one of my VERY FAVORITE foods, and i have never made bread with it. i can't wait to try this.l yummmm. you must be the best cook

  17. Only you would show my the genius that is adding figs to banana bread. YUM!

  18. ahhh, perfect. i have some figs that i need to use (been enjoying them with yogurt, but we have fun out of yogurt :)), and i had a sneaking suspicion that i could find a recipe on your blog.

    i was right.


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