This is actually the first “bread” in Nick Malgieri’s book “The Modern Baker”, the book that inspired Phyl to come up with the Modern Baker Challenge. We as a group will bake our way through this book, but every recipe has an official blogger, so we don’t have to tackle each and every recipe.
My official submission for the quick breads section were the cocoa banana muffins, but of course this mustn’t be the only quick bread I bake from this section. So here’s another one, which my friend Sara claimed to be her official submission – Fennel Fig & Almond Bread. She has a brand-new baby boy at home and from what I can tell from the pictures I’ve seen so far, he is super cute and adorable ;-). I’m deviating from the topic now…
Anyway, so I decided to make this bread though neither fennel nor figs really sound really appealing to me. But I recently made a Middle Eastern dish with rabbit and figs which was actually quite good, and I still had some figs left, and there were also fennel seeds in my cupboard which despite my dislike of fennel I had bought for some other dish, so I thought I could as well make this bread. Hmm…
As is characteristic of quick breads, putting everything together was really easy and quick (go figure!), the smell from the oven was not too bad and crust and crumb were really nice. Will I make this bread again? Hell no! The hubby and 3 kids REALLY disliked this bread. My 4-year old son said it tasted like “sickness tea” – this was really funny, because fennel tea is a common remedy for stomach problems. I wonder how he knows because I’ve never served them fennel tea! I, surprisingly, thought the bread was ok. Not good, but ok…
You have to know that we ate the banana bread with chocolate chips which has about the same size as the fennel fig bread in one (!) session 2 days or so earlier, whereas there was more than a half loaf left of the latter one. And that day, my mother and her husband came over for Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) – you probably have figured out by now how much we liked it, no? Well, my mother was not too shocked when I gave her the leftovers to take home. At least not as long as she was in sight ;-).
Check out some fellow Modern Bakers’ posts on Fennel Fig & Almond Bread (this will be updated regularly):
- Sara (the official post for this bread)
- Chaya (a gluten-free version with raisins instead of fennel and figs)