Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
After conquering mussels on Day 1 and cremini mushrooms on Day 2, both with such great success, I thought that figs would be a breeze for my next entry for The Creative Kitchen Challenge. Figs actually now hold a very special place in our hearts because we planted a fig tree in the backyard as part of our wedding ceremony. (More on that later). With the knowledge that we will hopefully have a good, fruit bearing tree in a year or so, it was time to start acquainting myself with the art of cooking with figs.
I picked up some Brown Turkey Figs. They are milder in flavor that a Mission and have a bit of a sweeter taste. Their skins are a purplish-copper color with pink and white centers. The ones I got were a bit on the softer side since I was going to be mixing them into a batter. However, generally speaking good tips for selection and storage of figs (according to Cooking Light Magazine, August 2009):
After a couple savory dishes during this challenge, I was ready to do something sweet. I chose to do a recipe out of Cooking Light called ‘Figgy Streusel Muffins’. Currently I don’t have a big muffin pan, only one that makes mini muffins. So instead I did this as a cake, which ended working out fine. I was a little nervous about the batter which ended up with more of a dough-like consistency when I added the wet mixture to the dry. (Not sure if perhaps I misread something). However once baked, it actually turned out just the way it should. It made for a nice coffee cake to have this morning as breakfast!
Figgy Streusel Cake —The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook, 2000
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl; set aside. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Combine figs, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and egg. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
Spoon batter into 18 muffin cups coated with cooking spray (or into a 9′ x 13′ cake pan); sprinkle oat mixture evenly over muffins (or cake). Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans immediately, and place on a wire rack.
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Coming up tomorrow, my adventure with the Avocado!