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Olive Oil and Fig Cakes- Feisty Chef

Olive Oil and Fig Cakes- Feisty Chef

This recipe was graciously supplied by The Feisty Chef- aka Chef Renée Lavallée from Dartmouth Nova Scotia. Check out her blog or her weekly food column in the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

I was a little concerned when I saw that it involved baking as this is not my forte, however, it also involves my own personal Holy Trinity; Figs, Rosemary, and Pine nuts, so obviously I had to give it a whirl. I still can’t believe how easy it was and how freaking delicious. This is going to become a standard in my house, and as per our guest chef’s suggestion, I served it with some beautiful cheeses and a savory pate. The smell of the loaves cooking was pure heaven.


  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2/3 c olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 c chopped dried figs
  • pinch of salt


Pre heat oven to 325. Cream together the eggs with the sugar and olive oil. Add the rosemary and dried ingredients and fold in the nuts and figs. Into greased and floured loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes depending on size. Will make one 10″ loaf or about a dozen minis. I did 3 half sized loaves that turned out beautifully.

Chef Renée Lavallée

Thanks Feisty Chef!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 10″ loaf

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