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Old Monk Fig Almond Cake

If you love Old Monk, you’re in big, big trouble. It’s not just a drink for die hard fans but more of an attachment. It has given me so many memories that I will cherish forever. So it was no surprise using it in my cake.

This is a rich, sinful cake with one of my favourite fruits- fig. The markets are flooded with fresh figs this time of the year. And if you want your cake to be super moist and delicious like this one, I urge you to not use the dry ones even though they are more accessible.

Figs have a unique, sweet taste, soft and chewy texture that bring so much warmth to the cake. Something very interesting I read recently in Huffington Post is that figs are technically not a fruit ― they are inverted flowers. Fig trees don’t flower like apples and peaches. Their flowers bloom inside the pear-shaped pod, which later matures into the fruit we eat. Each flower then produces a single, one-seeded, hard-shelled fruit called achene ― that’s what gives the fig the crunch we know ― and the fig is made up of multiple achene. So when we eat a fig we are eating many fruits in one go.

The walnuts on the other hand, add a slight crunch and rustic flavour. It’s perfect to serve at your tea parties or just on a day when all you want to eat is cake.

 

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Old Monk Fig Almond Cake
If you love Old Monk, you're in big, big trouble. It's not just a drink for die hard fans but more of an attachment. It has given me so many memories that I will cherish forever. So it was no surprise using it in my cake. A warm, boozy cake perfect for this weather. Do try it out!
Course dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a small bowl, mix ingredients of the crumble mixture together until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  3. Grease the pan with butter and sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly on the base.
  4. Arrange the figs in an even layer on top of the crumble mixture.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  6. In a large bowl, beat oil and sugar until light and fluffy.
  7. Gradually beat in eggs one at a time.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternating with rum, and starting and ending with flour mixture. Beat until smooth.
  9. Fold in the figs and almonds.
  10. Pour the batter over the arranged fruit and bake for about 40 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle the almond flakes and dust with icing sugar before serving.
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  1. I cannot have the Old monk wasted on this for sure. Its too prec ious for anything just anything. But I wont mind tasting the cake too.

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