My work is a big fan of morning and afternoon teas, it doesn’t take much for one to get organised and everyone is expected to bring something along to share. I much prefer going the homemade route but finding something new to make that will travel well (I walk to work) and satisfy the masses can be tricky! When I came across this recipe for fig & cinnamon slice in an old Sweet Food cookbook I knew I had to give it a try and let me tell you, I was fairly popular when I showed up to work the next day!
Recipe from Sweet Food Cookbook (Murdoch Books, 2002)
- 125g butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 375g dried figs
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Beat the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until light and fluffy
- Fold in the flour and mix until combine
- Spoon into a lined tray and bake for 25 minutes
- Meanwhile, combine figs, cinnamon stick and sugar in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups of boiling water
- Mix together, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes
- Remove the cinnamon stick and blitz the mixture in the food processor until smooth
- Pour onto the cooked base and bake for 10 minutes, or until set
- Cool in the tray then remove and cut into squares
It turned out to be super easy to make but still looks impressive! It’s a nice balance of the cakey base and a sweet, fruity top. Perfect with a cup of tea!
Does your workplace do morning and afternoon teas with frequency too? What’s your favourite thing to bring along?