Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fig Coffee Cake

Last night we ventured to Costco for the primary reason to replenish our toilet paper supply, but you all know how going in for a single item leads to multiple purchases. We were no exception with that Costco statistic. Outdoor solar lights, blueberries, dried mushrooms; a couple new cookbooks and a two pound container of fresh figs were in our basket upon check out. Not too mention the goodies that my husband picked up.

I am so happy that figs are now in season and at their best. I have not made a coffee cake in a hundred years. Thought about blueberry coffee cake and then perished that thought. I wanted to create something that was out of the ordinary. While on the treadmill, the Fig Coffee Cake idea popped into my brain. Brilliant I thought. It would be sweet, satisfying and perfect for a Saturday morning breakfast. You are probably thinking, she just did the treadmill and now a piece of fig coffee cake. Sunday morning will now begin with a trip to the treadmill.

Fig Coffee Cake

2 C. Flour
1 ½ C. Sugar
½ C. Butter, cut into small pieces
1 t. Baking Powder
2 Eggs, separated
¾ C. Milk
¼ C. Cream
2 t. Vanilla
2 C. Figs, cut into 8ths

Using a stand up mixer, combine the flour and sugar, then cut in the butter and mix with an electric mixer on low speed, until crumbly. Add baking powder, egg yolks, milk and vanilla. Beat until combined.

Whisk the reserved egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the batter.

Pour the batter into a greased 13 x 9 baking pan. Cover with the diced figs. Sprinkle the crumb topping (see below for recipe) over the figs. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.

Crumb Topping

1/3 C. dark brown sugar
1/3 C. granulated sugar
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
1/2 C. (1 stick or 4 ounces) butter, melted
1 3/4 C. Flour

In a large bowl add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour and mix together. Then add the melted butter and stir together. You can use your hands to combine together and create the large crumbs.


  1. Wonderful looking coffee cake and quite unique. Yummy!

  2. Fig is my favorite fruit, but we haven't seen it at markets yet. I can imagine how scrumptious this cake is. Yummy!

  3. Though I grew up hating fig newtons (ugh), I so love fresh figs and the fun things one can do with them. Your coffee cake sounds phenomenal and I'll be putting this on my list of things to make!

  4. What is it about Costco that makes you want to bring home everything they have in store. I swear I can never get out of there without filling the entire backseat and trunk of my car!
    Right now I have figs coming out of my ears right now! This sounds like the perfect thing to do with them!

  5. Lovely! I love figs and this looks like a good recipe, I agree it's unique!

  6. Well... I would do extra time on the treadmill too. I love figs, it looks yummy.

  7. that ALWAYS happens to me at costco! I used to eat the figs off of my grandpa's trees when I was little--they were so good. I haven't had one in a long time, but this sounds wonderful.

  8. The fig cake looks great. They're one of my favorite fruits and this looks very tempting.

  9. looks sooooo good!!

  10. I'm due for a toilet paper run, too! And I hope they have fresh figs so I can make the figs on crostini that you posted last month. I enjoy reading about your wine tastings and pairings and adding to my list!

  11. What a great idea to do with the figs! I know what you mean about Costco..I luv that place. I picked up a beautiful package of figs there too and look forward to using them this evening. Thanks for sharing this fig cake recipe.

  12. What a great idea of using figs in the streusel cake! Delicious.

  13. Mmm, I wonder if the Costco by me has these two pound boxes of figs!!! Great recipe, and a wonderful twist on the classic cake! So, what are you planning to do with the rest of your figs? :)

  14. Coffee cake is so good for breakfast, and with figs, this is a definite tasty treat!

    Bon appetit!

  15. Figs!! Coffee cake!! There is absolutely no way this can go wrong.

    My mom has 2 fig trees. A big one that produces tons of little figs and a little one that covers itself in big figs. I always found that funny. Alas, I live in Upstate NY now and figs are a high-end gourmet item.

  16. Coffee cake and figs!!!! It feels like fall!

  17. What an excellent way to elevate the everyday coffee cake. I've been wanting to make something with figs but I don't have your originality. Great job!


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