martes, 15 de diciembre de 2009

Cranberry and fig loaf, of course, it's Christmas!

Ina Garten is one of my favourite cookery authors, and not because of what she cooks and her recipes, but because how she cooks it, with such elegance and charm. I even like the way she arranges a table centre piece, this woman knows what she does, and even more after quitting her job at the White House and focus in her food related career. She enjoys spoiling her guests, same here, she absolutely adores French cuisine, me too, she has a huge and impressive house...not me.

This recipe is called “Cranberry harvest muffins” and comes from one of her books, but I converted it into a cake. Cranberries acidity is gracefully offset by the mix of the castor and brown sugar and it gives the cake that spice and lovely touch.

You can find cranberries everywhere in the USA and England at this time of the year, but if you can’t wherever you live, just use some raspberries, blueberries, or even blackberries. The glaze is optional but I really love the shiny finish and sweet looks.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 extra-large eggs
1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 cup medium-diced figs
3/4 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar


Preheat the oven to 180degrees.Grease and flour a 30x12cms rectangular cake tin.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the milk, eggs, and melted butter. Stir quickly just to combine. Add the cranberries, figs, hazelnuts, and both sugars and stir just to distribute the fruits, nuts, and sugar evenly throughout the batter.
Spoon the batter into he cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, until browned on the top and a toothpick inserted in the centre of the muffins comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes before placing in a cooling rack. Best served the next day, so the flavours develop.

8 comentarios:

  1. I love cranberries. It's a great recipe, delicious, I hope to do over the weekend. Thanks for sharing it with us, greetings!


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  2. it looks so yummy. It would be perfect with a cup of tea.

  3. My goodness! This loaf looks chock of full of fruit! Yummy! Would make an ideal Christmas gift to loved ones!


  4. Esto se ve fantastico Pity, me encantan estos tipos de Cakes. This look awesome, really love this!! gloria

  5. Your blog is fantastic !
    I love this recipe
    Je trouve tes photos magnifiques et très professionnelles
    bravo !