Fig & Plum Cake

Here is the first of two things I have to show you today:

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Sometimes (not frequently) people ask me how this site got its name. In truth, no thought went into it. At its genesis three (?) years ago, there was no vision of F&P as something other people would read or be interested. I thought of it as a way to catalogue projects I'd worked on, stash recipes, etc., where they wouldn't be lost. Absolutely no visioning went into the domain name. First I thought "how about a fruit?" But all the fruits were taken. I had really wanted "" So when single fruits were all taken, I tried pairs. "Fig and Plum" had a nice cadence.

Figs & Plums

As it turns out, it also tastes pretty nice too. A few weeks ago Carol sent me this recipe for a fig and plum cake that ran in the SF Chronicle. In the last gasp my domestic days, I threw a mini dinner party last night, and made the cake during the afternoon. Without a doubt it was the highlight of dinner (possibly excepting the vino). Sweet but not too sweet, spicy but not too spicy, and perfectly partnered with a layer of walnuts.

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The Ingredients

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The Finished Product, Almost More Tart Than Cake

So, I highly recommend the cake after which my blog is not named, but with which I hope it shares much! Hurry up and make it, before its starring fruits go out of season.

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Posted by: Angela at September 20, 2006 5:59 PM

How did you know I've been searching for a good fig recipe? This looks absolutely delish! Thanks!

Posted by: Nonnahs at September 20, 2006 6:57 PM

Looks divine!

Posted by: sarah at September 20, 2006 7:10 PM

Enjoy your last free days.

Posted by: Veronique at September 20, 2006 7:15 PM

yumbo scrumbo
i do love a high fruit-content cake
i have to ask, do you clean your kitchen before you photograph or is it always that neat?

Posted by: Carson at September 20, 2006 7:40 PM

mmmm, it looks DEE-licious.

Posted by: gleek at September 20, 2006 9:16 PM

Bravo! That looks sooo, so delicious. *stomach growl* Nice culinary shots too, looks like it's from a magazine!

Posted by: Julia at September 20, 2006 9:59 PM

We just started serving and plum jam (with cheese!) at the restaurant where I work - I think of your website every time I serve it!

Posted by: MeBeth at September 21, 2006 1:23 AM

Yum yum yum! Do you serve it as it is or perhaps with a little vanilla icecream on the side?

Posted by: Emma at September 21, 2006 4:40 AM

Yum. It looks fabulous. Thanks for the recipe. I wonder if I can sneak figs and plums by the hubby by calling it cake.

Posted by: Stephanie at September 21, 2006 10:46 AM

oooh, your cake looks lovely! i'm glad it was enjoyed by all...yay!

Posted by: carol at September 21, 2006 11:20 AM

I am drooling. That looks really good.

Posted by: naomi at September 21, 2006 12:08 PM

i tried the recipe and it is yummy. thanks for sharing.

Posted by: irina at September 24, 2006 5:02 PM

I made this tart on Saturday -- posting a picture tomorrow. Thanks!!

Posted by: Kathy at September 24, 2006 11:07 PM

Will you marry me? That looks so good! I'm just catching up to all your craftiness... my brain right now won't let me do anything crafty. Someone is eating my brain for dinner but anyway I can live vicariously through you. YOu've been a busy little bee, missy!

Posted by: Aimee at September 27, 2006 3:54 AM

Thanks for posting the cake recipe - I made one over the weekend, and it was truly delicious.
I think it will be a new staple special-occasion cake in my family.

Posted by: Lisa in Toronto at October 2, 2006 9:51 PM

made it, ate it loved it!

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