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This recipe pairs sweetness from figs with warmth from cardamom and cinnamon to create a dessert with flavors reminiscent of both summer and fall. Fig season marks the end of summer, but once you try this cake, the transition to cooler temperatures may not seem so bad after all. Kerry, Recipe Hunter

Kerry Brunelle

THE RECIPE

Almond and Fig Cake

Fresh figs are the focal point of this sweet and simple dessert

Fresh figs are very unlike their dried counterparts or the filling of the Newton cookies of childhood. They are plump, luscious fruits with a unique texture combination from the smooth skin, chewy interior, and crunchy little seeds. The most common fig types, Black Mission and Brown Turkey, are available primarily from the end of June to September.

Due to their limited availability, beautiful interior, and distinct taste, figs really are the treasure of summer produce. This simple and pleasantly spicy almond and fig cake is the perfect dessert with which to display the beauty and sweetness of ripe figs. The short ingredient list allows for all the individual flavors to shine through. Nora from A Clean Bake prides herself on wholesome desserts that both taste good and are good (or at least better!) for you, and this cake is no exception. She starts off by combining all purpose flour with almond flour, which is easy to make from whole almonds and gives the cake a nuttier taste that pairs well with the spices. The interior of the cake remains moist and soft thanks to butter, eggs, and the unexpected and healthy addition of greek yogurt. The final addition to the batter is a little bit of sugar, spice, and everything nice; the cinnamon, cardamom, and almond extract add aromatic flavor that is a delight to the senses.

Figs are the crown jewel of this recipe and are sliced lengthwise and placed on top of the batter before baking to display their pink and purple interiors. Baking brings an almost honey-like taste out of figs — no frosting or glaze necessary on this cake. Topped with greek yogurt at brunch or vanilla ice cream for dessert, this lightly sweet and satisfying cake is the perfect versatile recipe to use when you want to show off your bounty of fresh figs.

THE CHEF

Nora Schlesinger

Market Researcher, Baker and Writer

Nora Schlesinger

My goal is to help people realize that baking is not as intimidating as they think. I am entirely self-taught, and if I can do it, anyone can. I try to include something for everyone’s tastes, walking the line between classics and creativity, and I strive to make every single recipe straightforward and accessible to anyone who wants to try it.

When we first came across Nora, she had a more traditional baking blog, Buttercream Fanatic, where she posted tried and true recipes. In 2014, after health issues required her to alter her diet, she changed direction with her cooking and blogging, and A Clean Bake was born. Her focus is now on using clean and wholesome ingredients to recreate and improve upon traditional recipes. Nora is a self-proclaimed self- and mom-taught cook, and she’s reaching out to share the lessons she’s had in the kitchen, letting us learn from both her brilliant successes and the meals that ended up less-than ideal. Her approach to food doesn’t fit comfortably into any dietary box, so it is easy to find a recipe for a variety of food restrictions, including gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. For a healthy upgrade to your favorite bread, biscuit, brownie, and other baking needs, check out A Clean Bake for thoughtful and tested recipes and advice.

Head over to A Clean Bake and say hello to Nora on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

THE TIP

How to Store and Prepare Fresh Figs

Once you have selected the perfect figs, don’t waste your time and money by letting them go bad. Store and prepare them properly by following these tips.

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  • http://bakingamoment.com/ Allie|Baking a Moment

    It’s so great to see my good friend Nora featured here on Nosh On It! This cake sounds fantastic, I love figs so much and can’t wait to start seeing them at my local market 😀

    • Kerry Brunelle

      Hi Allie! Thanks for your comment. We’re looking forward to fig season too!