FIG AND WAL­NUT LOAF

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2 cups (500 mL) all-pur­pose flour

11/2 tsp (7.5 mL) bak­ing pow­der

1 tsp (5 mL) bak­ing soda

1/2 cup (125 mL) salted but­ter, melted

1/2 cup (125 mL) gran­u­lated sugar

1/2 cup (125 mL) liq­uid honey

1 tbsp (15 mL) grated lemon peel

3 large eggs

2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla

1 cup (250 mL) sour cream

1 cup (250 mL) coarsely chopped dried Mis­sion figs

1 cup (250 mL) coarsely chopped toasted wal­nuts

1. Pre­heat oven to 325 F (160 C).

2. Com­bine flour, bak­ing pow­der and bak­ing soda in a bowl; set aside.

3. Us­ing medium speed of an elec­tric mixer, beat to­gether melted but­ter, sugar, honey and lemon peel un­til fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beat­ing well after each ad­di­tion. Beat in vanilla un­til blended.

4. Be­gin­ning and end­ing with flour mix­ture, add flour mix­ture al­ter­nately with sour cream to but­ter mix­ture, beat­ing just un­til blended. Fold in figs and wal­nuts.

5. Spoon bat­ter into two greased 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch (21.3 x 11.4-cm) loaf pans. 6. Bake for 40-45 min­utes or un­til a cake tester in­serted in cen­tres comes out clean.

7. Cool loaves in pans on racks for 10 min­utes. In­vert loaves onto racks and cool com­pletely. May be frozen. Makes 2.

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