A Fig Attempt

So, here was the plan. This weekend, since I went to Whole Foods and saw these fresh figs that looked so yummy I had to buy them, I decided I was going to find a healthy yet really good tasting baked goods recipe and impress you all with my culinary skills yet again. So I searched the world-wide-web and found a recipe for fig and date bread… perfect since they’re both in season and I’m newly all about seasonal eating. (Or close enough to it for the most part.)

So here’s what went into the oven…











(Pretty dire looking as it seamlessly blends into our beautiful formica countertop. And that’s little sprinkled brown sugar on top because I knew this bread was going to need all the help it could get in regards to taste – call it intuition.)

And here’s what came out of the oven…







As you can tell, we had some lucky visitors come over for dinner last night who were subjected to politely try my creation. (It was my husband’s grandparents, and what grandparent is going to refuse their grandson’s wife’s bread?!) Quite an untimely visit and I hope they’re ok this morning because when I bite into this bread, my tummy churns. It looks ok enough I’ll admit (except that uncooked pic where you don’t know if you’re looking at what will soon be bread or a countertop), but it just doesn’t taste good.. at all. So there will be no sharing of any recipes today… unless anyone out there has had better luck with a bread made of figs and dates, please share.

I’d also like to blame this lame baking attempt on the fact that I’ve never eaten a fig before trying this. A fig newton, of course, but an actual fig from a tree? Nope. This was my first time so maybe that was why this recipe sucked… I had no idea what to expect in the first place. Maybe it’s supposed to make your tummy churn?!

Anne Marie Costanzo is a nationally certified personal trainer and owner of Little Black Dress Personal Training. She can be reached at am@littleblackdresspt.com or (914) 841-1121.

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