About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Tuesday 15 July 2014


Rae's Fig and Pistachio Cake
120g unsalted pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped

 100g Buderim Naked ginger, coarsely chopped 120g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

120g dried figs, coarsely chopped 

4 tbs dark rum (or enough to cover dried figs) 2 oranges, finely grated zest then juiced
3 eggs

1⁄2 cup brown sugar 

11⁄2 cup self-raising flour 1 tbs cocoa

1 tsp ground ginger

1⁄2 tsp ground nutmeg 

1⁄2 tsp ground cardamom 

1 Place chopped dried figs in glass/ enamel bowl; cover with rum and stir to moisten; cover with plastic film and leave overnight.

2 Preheat oven to 160 degrees C 

3 Grease and paper a 12cm x 23cm loaf pan 

4 Beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy 

5 Sift flour, cocoa and spices together then fold into egg mixture 

6 Add 1⁄2 orange juice 

7 Fold through ginger, chocolate, figs and orange zest 

8 Add remaining orange juice gradually; not all the juice maybe needed; the mix needs to be moist but not runny 

9 Pour mixture into loaf pan 10 Cook for 50 - 60 minutes

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