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Savory Fig, Olive, And Pistachio Fruitcake

Savory Fig, Olive, And Pistachio Fruitcake

Total Time

1 Hour 20 Mins


Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)

Forget the syrupy-sweet doorstopper of fruitcakes past and try this savory version instead. Add to a cheese board for spreading creamier cheeses, toast and top with salted butter for a snack, or enjoy on its own with a glass of wine. If you don't have cream sherry, add 2 teaspoons brown sugar to dry sherry before pouring over the fig mixture. You'll find pitted Castelvetrano olives at the olive bar of most specialty grocery stores.


  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 7 ounces dried mission figs, stemmed and quartered (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 cup golden raisins (4 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup cream sherry
  • 3.25 oz. all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2.6 oz. whole-wheat pastry flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted pistachios
  • 3 ounces pitted Castelvetrano olives, drained and coarsely chopped (3/4 cup)
  • Baking spray with flour

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 209
  • Fat 9g
  • Satfat 1g
  • Unsat 7g
  • Protein 5g
  • Carbohydrates 26g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Added sugars 2g
  • Sodium 362mg
  • Calcium 6% DV
  • Potassium 4% DV

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2

Combine rind, figs, and raisins in a bowl. Bring sherry to a boil in a saucepan; pour over fig mixture. Let stand 15 minutes.

Step 3

Combine flours, salt, and next 4 ingredients (through baking soda) in a bowl. Place eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment; beat 2 minutes. Add oil, buttermilk, honey, and vanilla; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Use a spatula to stir in fig mixture (including liquid), pistachios, and olives.

Step 4

Spoon mixture into a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan coated with baking spray. Bake at 375°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove bread from pan; cool completely.

Watch the video: How to Make Fruit Crumble. Three Ways. Jamie Oliver (January 2021).