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A Sweet Fig and Almond Cake

Life here is never boring, and sometimes, even the simplest of things takes a twist, which leaves us wondering how we manage to get through a day without some disaster, or another. However, the sweet reward of a fig and almond cake makes everything better.

On Saturday, we headed out on the bikes, on one of our favourite little rides, that takes us up to Bonnieux, across to Lacoste, and back via Lumieres and Roussillon. It’s a lovely little route, along quiet lanes, where we can take our time and simply enjoy the views and relish the little things that we notice along the way. Continue reading here for the photos of a beautiful day for cycling and the heartache of a lost phone.

Almond and Fig Cake Recipe

Almond and Fig Cake

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This cake is quick to prepare. It is a sweet treat that is perfect with a hot cup of coffee or tea or just as lovely with some wine. Delicious, and even better still, enjoyed with friends and a glass of wine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 oz Unsalted Butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 4 1/2 oz Ground Almonds
  • 1 oz Caster Sugar
  • 1 oz Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 10-12 Figs washed and cut in half


  • Melt the butter in a pan and allow to cool, before mixing in 3 lightly beaten eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla essence.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients.
  • Put the dry ingredients into the liquid, and beat them together to make a batter, pouring it into a greased and lined 9-inch springform pan.
  • Place halved figs, seed-side up into the batter, sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar and pop it in the oven (preheated to 190 c) for 20 mins, until firm and browned. Eat hot, cold, with ice cream, cream, extra figs, or just on its own.
Keyword Cakes, Figs, Ground Almonds
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Julie Whitmarsh

Julie Whitmarsh

Julie and her husband Andy started visiting the Vaucluse area 25 years ago & over the years have increased the amount of time they spend there with their growing family. She has a deep affection for the area, finding it is a great place to visit, where the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.

She longs for the day when she can ‘up-sticks’ from her home on Dartmoor & relocate to the Luberon and spend her days cycling, walking, visiting markets & brocante fairs and of course enjoying the local food and drink.

Her blog VaucluseDreamer gives her a space to highlight some of her favourite things about the area from places to visit to particular activities that she and her family all enjoy.

She hopes one day it will be a place where she can share the process of renovating a house in France, but at the moment that will have to wait.


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    December 22, 2021 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    Just a heads up that you seem to have missed listing the figs (and their quantity) in the ingredients list.

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      December 23, 2021 at 8:00 am — Reply

      Thank you! I have updated the recipe.

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