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Hatteras Fig and Whiskey Cake

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup fig preserves
  • 1 cup nuts, preferably pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
  • ½ cup whiskey

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. In a large bowl, cream together sugar, eggs, and oil. Stir in vanilla. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, salt, soda, and spices. Alternately add dry ingredients with buttermilk to egg mixture, mixing well. Beat in fig preserves, nuts, and whiskey. Pour into the prepared pan, and bake for about one hour, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack, then remove from pan. Serve warm.

Yields 12 servings.


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