Saturday, September 28, 2013

FIG AND ALMOND CAKE (Gluten-free and GAPS-friendly)

I have had this Black Mission Fig Tree for five years. It has never had any fruit and hubby was already wanting to pull the plug but I kept insisting, "It is still a young tree. Give it some time."

And TA-DAAAAA.... this year it has fruit on it. Quite a bit actually for such a young tree and needless to say: It is DELICIOUS!!!

We have been eating fig with goat cheese for weeks and today I am baking a cake (yes, gluten free and GAPS friendly); took me about an hour, including baking time, so totally do-able.

Here is my recipe:


4 tablespoons of butter, melted plus some for greasing the pan
1 1/4 cups of almond flour (blanched)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt (I use pink Hymalayan salt)
1 tablespoon of bourbon vanilla paste
4 tablespoons of honey
12 ripe figs

CAKE - before I put it in oven

Heat oven to 375F. Butter a 9 inch pan; I used a pyrex dish. Set aside.

In mixing bow #1, mix the dry stuff: almond flour, baking soda, salt.

In mixing bowl #2, whisk together the eggs, melted butter, vinegar, honey and vanilla.

Add mixing bowl #1 into #2 and beat for about one minyte. Then pour batter into pan.

Now, remove stems from figs, cut into halves and arrange cut-side-up over the batter.

Bake for 30 minutes or until done doing the center probe test.
Cool before serving.

Bon appetite! I like them best with creme fraiche, of course.

"Nature never says one thing and wisdom another." Decimus Junius Juvenalis


  1. Sounds Dee-vine and Dee-lish! What's GAPS friendly and where do u get bourbon almond paste? I wanna make this one while figs are still in season.

  2. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome as coined by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, a cutting edge physician with her own clinic in London. More and more studies are showing that a health gutflora might be most benefitial for one's overall (mental) health.

    Bourbon Vanilla Paste is a thick very vanilla paste, perfect for baking of chocolate truffles.