JAMAICAN CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE IN CUPCAKE SIZES

A miniature version of Jamaica’s traditional Christmas fruit cake. Decided to bake some in a cupcake format. This cake is made with candied fruits simmered/infused with spirits (alcohol): Wray/Nephew White Rum, Red Label Wine and Brandy. Molasses and food browning were added for a dark brown hue.

As usual, Santa will be delivering a few bigger versions to my loved ones.

JAMAICA'S CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKES
JAMAICA’S CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKES

Ho!!!Ho!! Merry Christmas!! Feliz Navidad!!

DOUBLE TROUBLE ##BRANDY-ROASTED FIGS AND BUTTER PECAN ICE-CREAM

A few days ago, I was gifted a 16 ounce package of Black Mission figs grown in California. You see, some of Publix Supermarkets in my locale (So. Florida, U.S.A.) have these for sale (buy 1 get 1 free). There is a saving of about $5.99. These summer treats are available at the current rate through August 12 to 18. A pound of fresh figs averages between $3.00 to $6.00 depending on where.

Anyway, figs have two seasons: mid-fall and late-summer. Clearly, these were at their peak because they were very mature and a few were even oozing quite a bit. I couldn’t help myself; I did a quick rinse and devoured two to three. They were super-sweet. I had to pull myself away from them. As I placed the package in the refrigerator, I got a culinary brain storm.

I decided to roast them. At the time I couldn’t decide on a savory or sweet version; however, my peripheral left vision caught the left-over brandy. And, immediately I decided on dessert. I grabbed my chopping board and went to work and removed the stem from each fig and sliced them in halves.

FRESH FIGS CUT IN HALVES ALONG WITH MINT
FRESH FIGS CUT IN HALVES ALONG WITH MINT

Other ingredients:

  • Dark sugar (1 tbsp)
  • Honey (1 tbsp)
  • Cinnamon (sprinkle)
  • Olive oil (drizzle)
  • Salt (pinch)
  • Fresh mint (1 tbsp) with sprig for garnish)
  • Brandy (1/4 cup)
  • Pam spray

Method:

  1. All ingredients were combined in a bowl.
  2. Mint was finely chopped and added to mixture. Then, this was toss over figs and gently rubbed into fruits.
  3. Baking dish was sprayed with Pam spray and each fig was turned cut-side down in one layer along with brandy liquid.

    FIGS READY FOR ROASTING
    FIGSĀ  GETTING READY FOR ROASTING
  4. In 400 degree pre-heated oven, figs were roasted for 15 minutes covered with foil. And for the last 10 minutes, the foil was removed.

The figs released their own juices and added to the brandy liquid. The two combination left a thick and syrup-like consistency full of aromatic flavors.

ROASTED FIGS WITH FRESH MINT AS GARNISH
ROASTED FIGS WITH FRESH MINT AS GARNISH

It was double-trouble for yours truly. I decided to pair same with a scoop (well 2-3 small scoops) of butter pecan ice-cream. Oh, I was in heaven!

BRANDY-ROASTED FIGS AND BUTTER PECAN ICE-CREAM WITH A GARNISH OF FRESH MINT
BRANDY-ROASTED FIGS AND BUTTER PECAN ICE-CREAM WITH A GARNISH OF FRESH MINT