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Fig and Nut cake? [Moved from Spain/Portugal board]

toodie jane Dec 1, 2007 08:57 PM

A friend asked me to query this board about a fig and nut cake she had when in Barcelona.

I'm not clear as to whether this was a patty of fig paste and ground nuts or a pastry with figs and nuts.

Can anyone help identify this, or share a recipe? I'm sorry I don't have a clearer description.

Mil Gracias

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    sweetTooth Dec 3, 2007 02:58 PM

    I'm pretty sure I've seen a compressed fig and nut disc or "cake" in Trader Joe's in the nuts and dried fruits section. Haven't tried it though.

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    1. re: sweetTooth
      fayehess Dec 4, 2007 12:22 PM

      They had it at Balducci's today, along with an apricot almond cake of the same type, (just apricots and almonds) but HOLY COW the prices at Balducci's will kill ya.

      1. re: sweetTooth
        amyzan Dec 6, 2007 08:06 AM

        I received one from TJ's last year as a gift, and it was fresh and had good flavor. I'd recommend it.

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        Claudette Dec 3, 2007 02:14 PM

        You can buy different-sized pieces at Whole Foods, but be sure to "squeeze" them slightly to find the fresher ones. Sometimes you'll get a piece that's dry and hard as a rock.

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        1. re: Claudette
          kare_raisu Dec 4, 2007 10:09 AM

          I can confirm that it is at Whole Foods - and it is addicting. Carneros Winery was serving it with some cheese pairing - and we got deluged with request for it.

        2. javaandjazz Dec 3, 2007 03:30 AM

          Stop & Shop also sells a good one imported from Spain for around $5-$6 that I have bought in the past.

          1. fayehess Dec 2, 2007 05:37 AM

            They sell a pretty decent fig and nut cake at Fairway, close to the cheese section (at 74th street and Broadway. It is beatiful served with cheeses from the same region.

            1. The Chowhound Team Dec 2, 2007 04:12 AM

              Hi - We've moved this thread from the Spain/Portugal board, which is focused on where to find great chow in those countries. Please post any further recipes on the Home Cooking board.


              1. spinach Dec 1, 2007 09:26 PM

                i googled spanish fig and nut cake and found these sites, one of em may be of use. fig or date and almond cakes are very tradition spanish fare. i imagine there are regional variations, but i'll elave that part of the searhc to you.

                these sites sell the cakes




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                1. re: spinach
                  toodie jane Dec 2, 2007 10:30 AM

                  the recipe and photo did the trick. Thanks!

                  also found this recipe from the CIA:

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