Brandied Apple Cake with Figs & Walnuts

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Brandied Apple Cake with Figs & Walnuts

Loaded with apple chunks, dried fruit and nuts, here is a not-overly-sweet cake that can be enjoyed for breakfast, afternoon tea, or as a casual dessert when topped with whipped cream. Beautiful in its simplicity, this moist cake will disappear as quickly as you can make it.


Brandied Apple Cake with Figs & Walnuts


3/4 cup diced dried Mission figs (about 4 1/2 oz./140 g.)

1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml.) brandy

3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g.) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan

1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 oz./235 g.) unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cardamom

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

3/4 tsp. kosher salt

2/3 cup (5 oz./155 g.) granulated sugar

2/3 cup (5 oz./155 g.) firmly packed golden brown sugar

2 large eggs

4 cups (1 lb./500 g.) peeled and chopped tart apples

1 cup (4 oz./125 g.) walnuts, toasted and chopped


In a small bowl, combine the figs and brandy and let stand while you prepare the remaining ingredients.


Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Generously butter a 9-inch (23-cm.) square pan.


In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and salt. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium speed, beat together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the flour mixture on low speed. Add the apples, walnuts, and fig-brandy mixture and stir just until combined.


Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.


Cut into squares to serve, or cover tightly with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Makes one 9-inch (23-cm.) cake.


Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Garden Cookbook by Jeanne KelleyFind more recipes inspired by fruits, vegetables or herbs grown in your own garden in Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Garden Cookbook, by Jeanne Kelley.

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