Spiced Lemon-Fig Snacking Cake


“”Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
And bring some out here.
Good tidings I bring
To you and your kin;
I wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year.” English Traditional

There exists many versions of figgy pudding in traditional English baking as there have been versions of the popular Christmas Carol since the 16th Century.  Dried figs are a good source of potassium and fiber.  Lusciously sweet with an interesting texture, they make a healthy snack anytime.  Come winter, I love incorporating them in baked goods where they add sweetness, fiber, color and texture.  I experimented with a spiced cake recipe found on Allrecipes and came up with this citrus version. The figs are puréed in a food processor with half a lemon and added to a batter with almond meal and yogurt.  The resulting cake is dense, moist and fragrant.  It makes a nutritious sweet addition to breakfast or brunch or simply enjoyed with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee.  Singing Christmas carols, totally optional.

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