Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fresh Fig & Walnut Bread



***Don't you just love figs? Some friends of ours have several fig trees, and they were gracious enough to give us 2 big bundles of them. The challenge was...what to make with all those figs??? I came across this recipe for fig bread. Honestly, I had no idea that fig bread even existed until recently. It sounded like it would be a little like banana nut bread...and I love banana nut bread! The original recipe called for pecans instead of walnuts. In my opinion, the walnuts turned out even better. I use pecans frequently, so this was a nice change. The bread was incredibly moist and delicious...this is definitely a must-try!!! The figs lend a wonderful, mild taste to the bread (which isn't particularly figgy...is that a word? lol), and the buttermilk adds a nice richness. It makes a perfect breakfast when paired with a steaming cup of coffee. Stay tuned to see what else I created with these figs...it will be a savory dish!***


Ingredients:
3 eggs
2 ½ cups sugar
2 cups ripe figs, peeled and mashed
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped pecans (I used walnuts!)

Directions:
Beat eggs; add sugar and beat well. Add the mashed figs and vegetable oil.

Sift together flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the fig mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Beat well.

Fold in chopped pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in greased and floured loaf pans.

Makes 2 large or 3 small loaves.

15 comments:

Katie said...

I LOOOOVE figs! My dad has a fig tree and I can't WAIT for it to go crazy. If I don't eat them all in an excited craze, I starred this recipe to use. It looks wonderful!! :)

Joelen said...

Ooh, what a great combo to put in breads!

Snooky doodle said...

I was just searching for a fig and walnut cake . this bread though ooks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Is it 2 cups after peeling n mashing which I assume it is or before peeling n mashing thanks

Celeste said...

Hi Anonymous! Thanks for your comment. It's 2 cups AFTER peeling and mashing. I hope you enjoy the bread...it's so yummy!

Anonymous said...

can I use low fat milk instead of
buttermilk?

Alli E said...

Anyway of not using oil? options?

INNA VASSER said...

I just made this bread. I used 9x13 pan and replaced oil with Apple sauce. This bread is amazing, I highly recommended.

INNA VASSER said...

I just made this bread, it is amazing, I highly recommend it. I used Apple sauce to replace oil an 9x13 baking pan. Love it.

Michelle A. said...

Made a loaf of this today and my family LOVED it! So, I went out to my fig tree for a quick harvest, then proceeded to make 6 more loaves! Figs go bad so fast, and my tree gives me 2-4 cups of fresh figs a day at this time of year. This is a great recipe to make great use out of these fresh figs! I'm sharing with excited friends & family tomorrow... "You get a loaf! You get a loaf! You get a loaf!" I'll be like the Oprah of fig bread! Lol! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Could I use jarred fig filling in plsce of fresh figs?

Michelle Phillips said...

Just made this and it's wonderful!!! I have an overabundance of figs from two very old fig trees in my yard and we don't eat a lot of preserves or jelly so this is perfect!!! Makes a great breakfast bread with a cup of coffee or it's wonderful to give out as gifts! My sister an I decided we like it much more than banana bread as the figs aren't as overpowering a flavor as bananas! Thanks for a great recipe! :)

Stefanie said...

This bread was easy and awesome! I'm making more today to bring to family. Perfect way to use all the figs my tree produces! Everyone is getting a loaf by the end of the week!

Monica... That One Girl said...

Brilliant! I have apple sauce from last year...great use for it.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! I made a few changes due to ingredients I had on hand and it was still delicious. I did not peel the figs, I used 1 tsp cinnamon instead of a half, I used evaporated milk with 1/4 stick of butter, and only 1/2 cup of oil.