Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fig crumble cake


I am ashamed at how long it has been since I last posted a recipe, but life is oh so busy and toddlers don’t have any much patience for photography or washing up ;)

As soon as I saw this post I knew I wanted to make this cake. A late afternoon walk through town and past the market resulted in a bargain bundle of figs – fate! The cake had to be made!


I tweaked the recipe, but mainly just because a sweet friend gifted me some plump vanilla beans that I can’t resist throwing into everything I make at the moment. I’ve made the cake without it and it is still delicious, but I think it’s extra special with.


If you are like me, you might have a bag of ready made crumble topping in your freezer.

No? Well, maybe consider making some. It takes no time at all and freezes well, plus you’ll be halfway to an impromptu dessert. What more could you ask for ;)


Fig crumble cake
serves 8

For the cake:
100g unsalted butter, softened
100g golden caster sugar
1 large free range egg
90ml milk (your choice, I used whole)
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g wholemeal spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
325g fresh figs (about 5) halved
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Seeds 1/2 vanilla bean

For the crumble topping:
30g wholemeal spelt flour
30g ground almonds
50g golden caster sugar
75g unsalted butter, chilled & diced
20g rolled oats


Preheat the oven to 200degC. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer (or by hand) until light and fluffy.

Beat the egg into the milk and add the vanilla extract. Slowly pour into mixture whilst stirring.

Sift in the flour and baking powder then stir carefully to combine before spooning carefully into the prepared tin.

To make the crumble, use your fingertips to mix the flour, almonds, sugar and butter until crumbs forms. Stir through the oats and set aside.

Place the figs cut side up on top of the cake batter. Mix the maple syrup with the vanilla seeds and drizzle over the figs.

Scatter the crumble mix over the figs and bake for 30-40 minutes, when the crumble is nicely golden and the figs are jammy and soft.

Note: The second time I made this I added an extra fig and the cake was extra jammy and moist. It was easier to remove from the tin once cool.




Our everyday life: week 43

It was a lovely morning for a trip to the park, until it started raining (understatement!).


Instead, we went to a lovely café, drank coffee, ate blueberry cake, read “Where the wild things are” and barked at dogs (C, not me ;))


These poor ducks needed rescuing from the sandpit.


Lovely colour on a gloomy day(s).


Oops, look what I found. Sorry C&C, we did mean to take better care of these tomatoes…


More rainy park-time.


After a few days of C basically eating nothing, I was over the moon when he demolished lasagne!


Circle bongo session!


Fig cake in the making.


With Shake away for the weekend, I spent my evenings in my PJs, eating toasted brioche with speculoos, knitting and watching trash (Grey’s Anatomy, I love it!).


Wishing you all a happy and healthy week!



Our everyday life: week 42

So Shake baked this week! Joy’s sweet potato chocolate chip cookies. No one could guess there was a vegetable in there! Insanely good.


C is getting artsy at nursery!


Although he would rather suck the straw…


Sugar free (ish - you can see the dark chocolate chips!) banana granola bars. Yummy!


Shake is studying to finish (after, uh, seven years?) his OU degree so is waking at 5am EVERY DAY to study before C and I get up. As his reward, he bought a coffee machine and makes me a latte when I eventually get up (at 6am, I’m not that lazy!).


Morning coffee with a serenade from C.


At least someone appreciates rain. PUDDLES (and cute new coat – thank you non-god parents)


One of my very oldest friends sent me a dvd completely out of the blue from when we were 8. 1992. I feel OLD!


Shake and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary this week! I couldn’t be luckier. X


We shared a couple of treats :)


C found a tape measure (don’t ask!) and I found him measuring things around the house. Adorable.


Knitting for my dear friend’s baby girl – she is outgrowing the booties I made last year!


Something for my cousin – a little Dutch treat for when she visits us :)


Wishing you a happy and healthy week!


Our everyday life: week 40 & week 41

We haven’t completely disappeared from the face of the earth, honest!!

Anyway, here we go:

Autumn has definitely arrived, but we are still enjoying some outdoor snack time

Dinner out with my boys, Daddy Pig and lots of colouring pencils. Giraffe is so family friendly!20131005_180842
Another cousin has moved to London! Another reason to visit some new places, parks included. Fulham did well :)
Last week we visited my parents in France. Whilst C didn’t have as many toys there as he would at home, he seemed perfectly amused playing with walnuts ;) Crazy child!
An awesome vintage cookbook my mum found in her village. I especially loved seeing old photographs, postcards etc. tucked inside (just as we do with our own cookbooks).
A return trip to this café – much grumpier child this time, but still lovely to check it out again. We also bought a delicious apple tart for dinner.
Reading some of our favourite childhood stories to our own child – surreal.
My mum is a truly fab cook and I was pretty jealous of the guests of hers who enjoyed her plum tart!
C amazingly charmed all the gentlemen of the village. I only wish I had a photo of them pretending to be ballerinas ;)
I baked traditional scones and a Victoria sponge for a typical English tea party for friends of my parents. Together with cucumber sandwiches, homemade jam and lots of tea, the French seemed pretty impressed :)
Such lovely weather for October!
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We love Plane trees. Don’t you think they are pretty?
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One of the closest playgrounds to us in France. C had a blast!!
Last meal in France before flying home. Terrible, aren’t we?
Someone didn’t want us to leave…
Toulouse airport – teeny tiny coloured lights between these wooden slats. Funky.

Wishing you a happy and healthy week!