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Sweet Fig Bread with Blood Orange Icing

A moist and fluffy sweet bread that will get you hooked on your first bite


Sometime​s when I get an idea for a recipe, I find myself thinking "Oh, this will be a nice one". That was also the case with this recipe. It was not a recipe I planned. I just realised that I had still a lot of fig marmalade (spread) left over from our trip to Croatia last summer and I thought it would be such a waste not to use that beautiful and delicious marmelade. Also I absolutely love figs, so I thought why not make something with lots of them in it.

So I had the marmalade and I had some dried figs, I was only missing the idea of what could come out of it. Since I feel like I had been baking way too much lately, it had to be something on the healthier side. That is when the butter went flying and the yogurt came to help. Also that is why there is no additional sugar and all the sweeteness comes only from the banana and the figs. I do realize the icing on top is sugar, but you can leave that out for a healthier variation of this recipe :)


Now ​you might be thinking, "No butter and no sugar? No good can come out of that". Let me assure you, yes it can and yes it did! :) This fig bread was almost gone in one go, when my boyfriend acknowledged it standing in all its glory on the table and ate more than half of it right away. To be honest, I think the only thing that stopped him was that it was over 9PM and he didn´t want to eat too much before he went to sleep :) Lucky me, only that saved me a piece for breakfast the next morning. And so it was all gone, in two days, being eaten by only two persons :) Yes, we do like cakes and desserts, but even in our house this is very rare.

I am going to stop covincing you now :) Just going to add that if you try it, you will not regret it :)

Happy Baking darlings!




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Sweet Fig Bread

A moist and fluffy sweet bread that will get you hooked on your first bite


  • 2 eggs

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 200g Greek yogurt (10% fat)

  • 100g fig marmalade/jam/spread

  • 100g dried figs

  • 150g flour

  • 100g almond meal

  • 1/2tsp baking soda


  • 100g icing sugar

  • some blood orange juice

  • some poppy seeds


  1. Whisk the eggs shortly with a fork in a medium bowl.

  2. Mash the banana with a fork and add to the eggs. Mix shortly.

  3. Add yogurt and fig marmalade and mix until combined.

  4. Remove the stalks from the dried figs and cube them into medium sized cubes. You can leave them even bigger if you want, they give great structure to the bread and will look great once you will be cutting the bread.

  5. Combine all dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients. Swap the fork for a spatula and start folding the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Continue folding until you have no dry spots left.

  6. Then butter a 23x13cm bread pan and pour the bread mix into the pan. Even out the top.

  7. Bake the sweet fig bread in 180°C at the middle shelf of the oven for 50-60 minutes. Check with a toothpick if the bread is baked through.

  8. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing it from the pan. Then remove from the pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

  9. To prepare the icing, press some blood orange juice and start adding it one teaspoon at a time to the sifted icing sugar and mixing in between. Add only as much blood orange juice as needed to get a thick but pourable consistency. (See video) If you have added too much juice and the icing gets too runny you can add some more icing sugar to make it thick again.

  10. Ice the cooled bread with the blood orange icing and sprinkle some poppy seeds on top.

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