Almost seven years ago a little girl started growing inside of me. I soon learnt that pregnancy can do very strange things to your eating habits. I started to detest things I had previously loved and I was never quite sure what I wanted, this can be a costly situation to find yourself in. When I made something that seemed to work, I stuck with it, daily.
Throughout this pregnancy I became addicted to these little cakes. I think I created around five different flavours and if ever I ran out or didn’t have immediate access to them when required I became very unhappy. If I wasn’t eating or making them I was thinking about them.
I had my baby. I was sleep deprived. Proud of myself if I managed to get my husband and I dinner and wash both myself and my daughter before the day was done. Cooking was not on my to do list and my little cakes were forgotten.
I plan on recreating them all but I shall start with the two flavours I enjoyed the most during my first pregnancy. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Orange, Fig and Walnut Cake
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raw walnuts
5 dried figs
1/3 cup orange juice*
3 teaspoons orange zest*
1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
Place the oats, walnuts and figs into your blender or food processor and pulse to a crumb, leaving some texture. Add the remaining ingredients and quickly pulse to combine. Press the mixture firmly into a tiny loaf tin (mine is 12cm x 5.5cm, I found it at my local supermarket and I love it) that has been lined with baking paper over hanging the sides for easy removal. Leave in the fridge overnight to set. Cut and enjoy!
*The zest and juice from one orange is typically perfect, the measurements are given as a guide.
I think it is testament to my overindulgence that despite not making this cake for 6 years it turned out exactly as I recall on my very first attempt. I wander if I can go a little easier on them this time.