A very thin slice of this dark fig and nut cake, redolent of orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg, is all you need at the end of a meal.

G. Franco Romagnoli
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1995

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr
Servings:
24
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8 1/2-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

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  • Combine wine and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan. Boil until reduced to 3/4 cup, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.

  • Meanwhile, cover figs with water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the figs are plump, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and chop coarsely. Set aside.

  • Cover raisins with warm water in a small bowl. Let soak for about 5 minutes. Drain, pressing to release excess moisture.

  • Mix together the figs, raisins, almonds, walnuts, citron, chocolate and honey in a large bowl. Stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, flour, breadcrumbs, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg and add to the almond mixture. Gradually stir in oil and the reduced wine. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

  • Bake until the cake is firm to the touch, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack. Cover and let stand overnight to allow to flavor to deepen before serving.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Equipment: 8-inch springform pan

To toast slivered almonds, place almonds in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

186 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 26.5g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 2.6g 11% DV; sugars 16.7g; fat 6.6g 10% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 8% DV; cholesterol 0.1mg; vitamin a iu 3.7IU; vitamin c 0.6mg 1% DV; folate 20.2mcg 5% DV; calcium 40mg 4% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 34mg 12% DV; potassium 200.1mg 6% DV; sodium 23.2mg 1% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV.