Figs are ripening all over the village! And we now have authentic Ocracoke Island fig preserves for sale. At this time we only have pint jars...at $12.50 per jar.
You can order these Ocracoke fig preserves on-line at http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/figpreserves.htm.
Place your order of $25 or more during the months of August or September and get free shipping. But remember, there is a limited supply. There is no guarantee that we will be getting more.
Below is the traditional Ocracoke Island fig cake recipe. This is my favorite cake!
Ingredients: 1 cup salad oil; 1 1/2 cup sugar; 3 eggs; 1 tsp. soda, dissolved in a little hot water; 2 cups flour; 1 tsp. nutmeg; 1 tsp. allspice; 1 tsp. cinnamon; 1 tsp. salt; 1/2 cup buttermilk; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1 cup preserved & chopped figs; 1 cup chopped nuts.
Beat 3 eggs; add sugar and oil. After sifting dry ingredients, add to egg mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and fold in figs and nuts. Pour into greased oblong pan and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or in a well greased tube pan at 350 degrees just a little longer.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of the Night Blooming Cereus Cactus. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072111.htm.