California Fig Banana Bread

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Serving: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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Flavorful banana bread packed with chopped nuts and sweet figs.

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1. Wash hands with soap and water.

2. Rinse fresh produce.

3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 9x5-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.

4. Place 1/2 cup figs in small bowl and cover with just enough boiling water. Let stand until softened, about 30 minutes; drain.

5. In a food processor, puree figs and 2 bananas. Slice remaining figs.

6. Whisk together all-purpose flour, buckwheat flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.

7. Using an electric mixer, cream butter with honey. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in pureed fig mixture. Wash hands after handling raw eggs.

8. Fold in flour mixture; fold in walnuts and sliced figs, reserving a few sliced figs for garnish.

9. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Slice remaining banana in half lengthwise and arrange on top of batter with reserved fig slices. Sprinkle with sugar.

10. Bake until golden brown and tester inserted into center of loaf comes out clean, about 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool completely on rack.

Tips: For the best flavor, use overripe bananas to puree for the bread itself, and a perfectly ripe banana to decorate the top. Replace buckwheat flour with all-purpose or whole wheat flour, if desired.

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