Dipping into a supply of frozen berries from a very prolific season helps brighten the heavy January scene. Pairs well with hot ginger tea and a good book.
Scandinavian Raspberry Fig Cake:
(Adapted from Mehmet Gurs Original, featured in Food and Wine Magazine March 2010)
*dry bread crumbs for dusting
*1 cup fine raw cane sugar, (you could experiment with honey also)
*1 stick organic unsalted butter, room temp
*zest of three limes
*1 1/2 cup unbleached organic AP flour
*juice of one lime
*1/2 pint raspberries (I used frozen raspberries from last summer- unthawed, worked great)
*4 figs cut into eighths, or 1/2 pint additional raspberries
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9 inch springform pan, or try in a cast iron skillet as Gurs' grandmother did. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs to coat. Beat the sugar and eggs with a handheld mixer in a large mixing bowl on high speed, until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the butter and the zest. At low speed slowly add the flour and lime juice, alternating between the two until just incorporated. Blend the rest with a rubber spatula.
Pour the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the fruit over top, and gently press into the batter.
Bake on the bottom third of the oven for 35 minutes. Transfer to the top third of the oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Loosen the edges of the cake with a knife and release the spring form. Serve warm.