Rustic Fig Cake (with Macadamias)


I found the recipe on the net and tried it over the weekend, using ground walnuts  and macadamia pieces, because that’s what I had in the house.

The recipe is by Bill Granger

125g unsalted butter, room temperature
150g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
75g (3/4 cup) plain flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 free-range or organic eggs, lightly beaten
100g (1/2 cup) ground hazelnuts
50g (1/3 cup) hazelnuts, chopped into small pieces
8-10 fresh figs (not too ripe), halved
2 tablespoons honey

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cream the butter and the sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric hand-held mixer until pale and fluffy (3-5 minutes).

2) Sift together the flour and baking powder. Use a large metal spoon to fold the flour and eggs alternately into the creamed mixture. Fold in the ground hazelnuts and then the chopped hazelnuts.

3) Grease a 20cm/8-inch cake tin and line with baking paper, leaving the paper hanging over the sides to help you lift out the cake. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Arrange the figs, cut side up, in a neat layer on top of the cake. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skewer poked in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

4) Leave to rest in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out. Drizzle honey over the top of the cake just before serving.

I used the same quantities but ground some walnuts in the coffee grinder and used roughly chopped macadamias. On top instead of honey I placed the figs and macadamias over the top and sprinkled with brown sugar. We had this with Greek yogurt but cream would’ve been very nice.


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