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Figs and Honey Cake {SRC}

Posted Apr 29 2013 12:00pm
 Spring is here!!

Spring time can bring on some of the best weather temperatures and the seasons most beautiful sprouting flowers, but it can also mean allergy season is in full effect. Only recently was I told by my doctor that I had seasonal allergies and was put on a daily nasal spray to help calm them, but this was a total bummer for me because I had snuck by pollen sensitivities for years. In learning about my new-found allergies, I also read that eating/consuming local honey can help you avoid or build up a small immunity to such pollen allergies due to the direct contact that you would have with flower pollen specific to your geographic area.

Whether this is true or not, I do not know.

Why share this small bit of odd information with you? Because it's SRC time again, and I found the most outstanding cake recipe on Enriching Your Kid , my secret blogger for the month. I was fascinated to read through her blog. 

As a Clinical Psychologist by profession, Shirley blogs mostly towards parent looking for ways to enrich their kids, strengthen immunity and facilitate growth. She hit a cord with me when she explains how she writes and cooks healthy foods for healthy living, I mean could there be a better match for me?

Anyways, when searching for this months perfect find to share with you all I was drooling over her beetroot cutlets  and sweet potato biscuits  but when I came across her figs and honey cake I knew that was the one.

The perfect combination of springs sweetest of treats blended in a tasty batter had me tickled with excitement. I haven't made sweets or a dessert in a while so this was my full advantage to heat up the oven and bake away.
This past weekend brought beautiful weather to New England. I was able to lay out back with the pups and read, do a few DIY projects and bake up a few treats for Sunday. Honey is one of my favorite sweeteners, some of the best stuff that mother nature provides us, and it did wonders for my sweet tooth. 

This cake was moist, honey-suckle sweet and delicious, and had the house reaching for a slice.

Spring is here, so soak it all up and enjoy.
Figs and Honey Cake
Servings: 8 slices

1 cup whole wheat flour
3 eggs
1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup dried figs washed, cleaned and chopped
1/2 cup honey (local is best)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)

Sift flour and baking powder three times. Cream the sugar and butter together. Then whisk the eggs and add the beaten eggs and flour alternately to the sugar and butter mixture. Roll the chopped figs in flour and add to the dough, add ground cinnamon and pour into a greased cake tin.
Bake in a pre-heated oven or microwave at 200 for 40 minutes. Then at 170 for 15 minutes. Leave to stand for 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature and slide off the tin onto a wired rack.

Once cooled, drizzle the honey onto the cake slowly to cover the top. The honey will seep through till you see it no more. Then turn it over to the other side and drizzle the rest of the honey. 

Sift powdered sugar over the top of the cake just before serving.

Recipe adopted by  Enriching Your Kid
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 

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