Your time is prime real-estate these days, but when you go to a party or to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want to bring a dish or a gift. You could drop by the local bakery for a pie, but you could also spend a few minutes in your kitchen and arrive with a beautiful and delicious dessert in hand. You might reveal your culinary secrets, but you might also just keep mum about how easy it is to produce these flavorful gems. There is no baking involved, and you can make all the cakes today that you’ll need for the whole holiday season because they keep well a long time. The best part: no sugar added. The sweetness in these delectable bites comes from nothing more than dried fruits.
Fig Cakes, or Pan de Higo, originated in Spain as a way to preserve figs for the winter months. These cakes are a traditionally a mixture of almonds and figs, ground and pressed into a mold. My own recipes have evolved from traditional Pan de Higo to my southern-roots take on the idea: Southern Fig Cakes, which feature pecans, figs, dates, and a splash of Jack Daniels. I’m also loving my newest invention: Cherry Cacao Amaretto Fig Cakes. What are cacao nibs? These are crunchy bits of raw chocolate that happen to be on the “superfoods” short-list.
So, make a bunch. Whenever you are called on to provide something tasty, slice a fig cake and put it on a beautiful platter. Bring on the revelry – you’ll be ready!