Recipe by Jenny Sanders
I picked up this recipe around ten years ago at a health food convention. It was put out by either the California Fig Board or Pistachio Board - I forget which. Plainly, they were in cahoots. Anyway, this is just delicious - probably my all-time favourite loaf cake. Prep time includes soaking of fruit and nuts.
Top Review by Mirj
I assumed the recipe called for dried figs (it doesn't say). I had just bought some wonderful fresh figs, so I didn't soak them along with the pistacios, and only used half the water to soak them. This is a very nice dessert to serve, especially in the autumn when the figs and pistacios are in season. I used a simple confectioners sugar/lemon juice icing. Just a few slices were left, which my daughter wrapped up to take back home with her.
- 1 cup chopped dried fig
- 1 cup shelled pistachios
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 2⁄3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups flour (I use soft whole wheat flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Directions See How It's Made
- Soak the figs and pistachios for 1 hour in the boiling water (If you can only find salted pistachios, rinse them first).
- Grease a standard loaf pan.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Cream the butter and the sugar, then beat in the egg and vanilla.
- Mix the flour with the soda and salt.
- Mix it into the butter mixture and then add the figs and the pistachios in their soaking liquid.
- Scrape into the loaf pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours.