maandag 23 februari 2009

Fresh Fig and Assam Melody Tea Bread

Submitted by: Jenny Colvin

This bread takes advantage of the fresh figs available between August and September. Try to find figs that have been picked and use them the same day for peak flavor.

1-1/2 cups light or dark figs, stemmed and coarsely chopped
1 cup Adagio Assam Melody tea, brewed double strength
1-2/3 cup flour
½ cup slivered almonds
1 teaspoon each: nutmeg, cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cup sugar
½ cup salad oil
2 eggs

Gently combine figs and tea; let stand 15 min.
Mix together flour, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
In a mixer bowl, beat sugar, oil and eggs to mix; blend in flour mixture.
Drain tea from figs but do not throw away.
Gently stir in figs and ¼ cup tea; pour batter into well-greased loaf pan; bake at 350ยบ F for 1-1/4 hours or until bread feels firm when gently pressed in center.
Cool in pan 10 min., then invert onto a rack.
Bread can be frozen for later use.

For a special treat, make the Assam Melody Spread:
Combine 8 oz softened cream cheese, 2 tbsp double strength Assam Melody tea, and 2 tbsp brown sugar. Serve with bread.

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