This is not a coffee cake in the sense of something that’s covered in streusel. Sorry. This is a coffee cake in the sense of a cake that’s not quite sweet enough for dessert but is perfect for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon caffeine break. Not sorry.
I don’t even drink coffee. I have no clue if this will “go” with coffee or not. Pairing sourdough with sour coffee doesn’t make sense to me, but I don’t make the rules, I just follow them. This is my first time participating in one of these link-ups.
The following fig chia coconut cake is a two-part make-ahead recipe. You’ll need to feed your GF sourdough starter the night before and set aside 1/2 cup fed starter for this recipe. I made my starter based on the instructions in Jennifer Katzinger’s Gluten-Free and Vegan Bread. It is 100% teff and no one who eats gluten–in my circle of friends–likes it. Only the gluten-free people appreciate it. My husband makes me light incense if I so much as open the container. By the way, I began storing it in a fermentation jar from the Bald Brewer, a 2 gallon-sized glass jar with a tiny hole in the lid. We fermented plum wine in this jar last year, but I’m not using the one-way valve since I keep the lid pretty loose on my starter.
The other make-ahead aspect of this recipe is chia pudding. Originally, I was going to make this recipe straight up, no sourdough. Then I remembered I wanted to do this link up, and I could substitute starter for the yoghurt because acidic tanginess. So the chia pudding started out as an egg and yoghurt substitute since I’m vegan. Chia pudding (essentially soaked chia seeds) sets up best overnight.
Finally, why the heck would you bake in a cast iron pan and not preheat it to get the pan-fried crust? Whyyyy? You’re not aiming for a solid, crunchy crust (like cornbread), but you will get a chewy, coconutty crust. MMMMM coffee (or tea) dunkage!
I really don’t like raw fresh figs. I love dried figs, and maybe it’s just the fresh figs I got, but I’m not a fan. Too vegetal tasting, and that’s from a vegan. Blasphemy!
Other fig things I have made: