This fig bread can either be made in a bundt pan or as a loaf or miniature loaves. It is a very versatile recipe so please feel free to experiment by tossing in any other types of nuts or fruits (i.e. dates, raisins, and/or walnuts) to spice it up to your liking. What makes this a "Southern" recipe are the spices that are used. Figs are indigenous to this area (Louisiana) but dried figs would work just as well. If you are to use dried figs, I would definitely soak them (like you would raisins) for about an hour or more to "puff them out." Note: Dependent on the baking vessel of your choice, the cooking times will vary. Rule of thumb: Bake until a toothpick or knife is inserted into the center and comes out clean. Do not over bake or the "bread/cake" will come out dry. Also, don't forget to grease and lightly flour your baking dish so that the pastry comes out easily when removed after baking. Let the baking dish fully cool before "dumping out."