First off I must say, Standard Market might just be one of my favorite grocery stores. It’s like walking into a farmers market every time! All of the produce is nothing less than perfect and with it being a season for figs, I was able to get the most beautiful fresh figs.
My biggest challenge was what to do with them. Of course, I ate them whole out of the fridge… but with ripe bananas on my counter, I decided to whip up this Fig & Walnut Banana Bread! The banana bread recipe is only enhanced by the figs lusciously sweet and chewy texture. I recommend giving this one a try!
Fig & Walnut Banana Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for preparing the pan
1 cup sugar
3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup walnut pieces, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped and 2 fresh figs for garnish
-Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a seperate bowl and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
-In a standing mixer or with an electric hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually pour the egg mixture into the butter while mixing until incorporated. Then add the bananas.
-With a rubber spatula, mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the nuts and transfer the batter to the prepared buttered/oiled pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
-Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Turn the bread out of the pan and let cool completely on the rack.