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Recipe for family meals :

Fig Bread

This recipes comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.


3 eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups ripe figs, mashed
3/4 cup peanut oil
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped pecans

  • Beat eggs, add sugar and beat well.
  • Add fig purée and oil.
  • Sift together flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • Add the fig mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  • Beat well then fold in pecans.
  • Bake at 350º for 1 hour in greased and floured loaf pans.

Makes 3 loaves

Martin James