Fig Walnut Bread

Today we made Fig Walnut Bread!

14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 3 eggs, 2 1/4t dry yeast, 1/4C water, 3T butter, melted, 4-5C flour, 1C each of chopped dried figs and walnuts, in 1″ and 1/2″ pieces, respectively

Pour warm water (105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) on yeast in a large bowl. Stir until yeast is dissolved.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Add 2C flour.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

In separate bowl, beat milk with eggs.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Work in egg mixture.

Fig Walnut Bread

Add 1C more flour.

Fig Walnut Bread

Mix in melted butter.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Add enough flour to form a dough.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Place in a greased receptacle that is double in area, the size of the dough.

Fig Walnut Bread

Turn over once. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Punch down dough. Place on floured surface. Knead a couple of minutes.

Fig Walnut Bread

Divide dough in half. Roll out to rectangle that is 1/2″ thick. Cover with fig and walnut pieces.

Fig Walnut Bread

Roll it up and seal the edges.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Place in greased loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover each pan with plastic wrap. Let rise 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350F. Remove plastic wrap. Bake loaves 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Fig Walnut Bread

Chocolate Fig Cake

Today I made Chocolate Fig Cake!

16oz diced dried figs, 1C rum, 1/4C milk, 3C flour, 3/4C cocoa, 1 1/4t baking powder, 1 1/4t baking soda, 3/4t cinnamon, 3/4t salt, 1 1/2C brown sugar, 1/2C butter, 4 eggs, 1C coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325F. Butter a tube pan and dust with cocoa. Soak diced figs in rum for 30 minutes or more. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to wet alternately with milk, beginning and ending with dry. Stir in figs. Stir in walnuts. Turn into prepared pan. Bake 70-80 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.