Diane, A Broad

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  • October 18, 2013

    Sometimes, life hands you lemons. Other times, though, it hands you figs.

    Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    So check it out: I go to this greasy spoon diner called Rae’s every weekend. I’m a regular. I have a “usual,” and I get slightly annoyed when someone else is sitting inĀ my spot on the bar. (I’m short, and my favorite chair is a little bit taller than all the rest.)

    Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    But it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I realized that the big tree growing just to the left of the building is, in fact, a fig tree. A fact I learned by stepping (and almost slipping) on an overripe fig on the ground. I took a few photos, then a nice old lady came out to tell me that I could take some of the ripe ones if I wanted, since they would just go to waste anyway. So I did! Because despite figs being the sexiest fruit, beautiful just torn apart and eaten raw, I had a recipe I wanted to try up my sleeve.

    Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I love a snacking cake. The kind of cake that you feel like you can eat for breakfast, or with a cup of tea, or as dessert. This cake is rustic and sturdy, requiring no creaming of butter or careful folding-in of ingredients. Just a quick mix of dry and wet ingredients, some pretty figs plopped on top, and half an hour in the oven. What a simple way to be happy.

    Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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