03 April 2009

Recipe: Fig Preserves Cake

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Fig Preserves Cake

From Denny: Folks in Louisiana love to grow their own fig trees, often right in their front yard for all to see and often share, as these trees, once mature, produce quite a bit of fruit. This is one of those favorite kinds of cake so loved in Louisiana as it is a bit of French heritage handed down over the generations: soaked syrup cake!

Fig Preserves Cake

Debbie Malone


2 cups flour

2 ½ cups sugar, divided

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda, divided

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 ½ cups buttermilk, divided

2 teaspoon vanilla, divided

½ cup chopped pecans

1 cup chopped fig preserves

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1 Tablespoon corn syrup

Directions: Sift together the flour, 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, salt and spices. Add oil and beat well.

Add eggs, 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and beat well.

Stir in nuts and fig preserves.

Pour into a 9x13-iinch baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 325 degree F. oven for 45 minutes. Leave in pan.

To make sauce, combine 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup of buttermilk, butter, corn syrup, ½ teaspoon of vanilla in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.

Pierce cake all over with a fork and pour hot sauce over warm cake.

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