Inspired by my Brown Turkey fig tree's bumper crop of early summer figs (the breba crop), I scouted around for something to do with this windfall. My sister pointed me toward this recipe. As others have said, this is an uncomplicated, delicious cake that relies on its simplicity. Everything I thought of to "improve" the recipe, I believe would just make it more like other cakes, rendering it mundane and predictable. The cake is dense, almost bread-like, much like the "sweet spot" that occurs when a cake falls. There's not much leavening in this cake—a little baking powder and an egg—so don't expect thick layers. Be careful not to overcook the cake; mine never got "golden brown" on the top despite cooking it an extra few minutes. I noticed that the sides were starting to pull back from the pan and it was indeed done. The cake is delicious warm or cold and in addition to dessert, it makes a fine weekend breakfast served alone or with a wedge of cheese or a sausage. Five stars!
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Inspired by my Brown Turkey fig tree's bumper crop of early summer figs (the breba crop), I...