This time of the year when the weather turns cooler and the light more somber, is my favourite. And, if I am to believe the internet, it is for a lot of people. I love how apps like instagram and Facebook have brought us all together. I used to be looked at funny when I said I love rain, love it a bit dark inside the house and when the wind gushes outside, it makes me happy. But thanks to the world becoming such a small place I can see there are a lot of people like me. That makes me happy too. 🙂
Figs incapsulate that mood for me. They just seem the most melancholic fruit to me. I don’t know why. You could say that it is such a colourful fruit on the inside, but to me it is the embodiment of fall.
This bread is so delicious. It is so easy to make. So quick to make AND it looks so good on your dining table. If impress is what you want to do, this has to be on your table as a late night little dessert of whip it out at chai time. Any which way you serve it, it will impress both in looks and taste. And all those celebrating Thanksgiving, you might want to serve a little Indo-Dutch treat?
- 500 grams semi-dried figs (dried will also do)
- 100 grams walnuts, chopped roughly
- 100 grams almonds, chopped roughly
- 1½ tbsps garam masala
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 2 tbsps orange zest
- 50 ml rum
- Preheat oven to 160°C.
- Cut the figs in small pieces.
- Mix the garam masala with the zest and rum.
- Knead the figs, the chopped nuts (almonds and walnuts), the fennel seeds and the garam masala. Mix well with your hands till it becomes a solid sticky mass. If the dough is too dry you can add a tbsp of extra rum at a time.
- Form into a roll, cover with foil and set in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Let cool completely. Cut into slices and serve.