Figs and More Figs: Baking with Connor #2

9 Jul

It is no secret that I do not like fruit in my desserts. I love fruit and I love dessert. I just do not like to mix them. My friends here in SA have 2 fig trees. Ashley said it would be fun to make something with the plethora of figs they have. I thought ohhhh we can make homemade Fig Newtons. After much discussion on what we would make, we ended up going with a Fig Bar Recipe.

So much fun to pick the figs.
I should have been a farmer. Psych!

I have no less than 30 bug bites on my legs in the 10 minutes we were outside picking figs. It is all in the name of having a good dessert. 🙂

Working on the crust. We decided to get out the K Aid today. Let it do the dirty work!

Pressing the crust into the pan (well I was pressing and Connor was playing):

The figs boiling:

After the flour/lemon juice/peanuts were added and ready to be put on the crust:

The finished product:
We had already cut into it before taking the picture…even though it does not look like it. So crumbly!!

Here was what I was giving Connor when he asked for “the cookie”. He wanted nothing to do with this one. He said chocolate cookie! I guess we should have made the fig bars yesterday and the crack bars today!! He could obviously be my child. 🙂

These were very crumbly. I adjusted the recipe to what I think would be better! If you try them: let me know if the “new” recipe works or not. They had a great flavor. You could have them as a crumble and add vanilla ice cream too.

Fig Bars
adapted from Group Recipes

What you need:
4 cup fresh figs chopped
1 cup water
1 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cups sifted flour
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal

What to do:
Combine figs, water, honey, salt and lemon peel in saucepan and simmer 1-1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
Combine 2 tablespoons flour and water and stir into fig mixture.
Cook 5 minutes longer stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and peanuts.
Cream butter/shortening with brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and oatmeal and stir into creamed mixture.
Pat half of oatmeal mixture into bottom of a well greased rectangular pan.
Spread fig filling evenly over oatmeal mixture then sprinkle remaining half of oatmeal mixture on top and press with fork.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Cut into squares while still warm.
Cool completely before removing from pan.

Are figs a fruit?? Maybe??
Do you like figs? Fresh or Dried?? I had only had dried figs once before. Fresh ones are really good!

6 Responses to “Figs and More Figs: Baking with Connor #2”

  1. Kristen L July 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM #

    I’ve never had a fresh fig before!

  2. Erin July 10, 2013 at 5:32 AM #

    I absolutly love fresh figs! I am guessing since they come from a tree they are a fruit? or wait are they a flower because they are like inside out flowers? We don’t have fig trees in my area, but I buy them every time they have them (which is rare) and if they look good at the g-store because they are so expensive. Yumm figs! I love your Vaca posts!

  3. Jesse - Questionably Texan July 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM #

    Thanks for the recipe! The house we bought last year has a big fig tree in the backyard, and they’re almost ripe here. Definitely planning on making better use of the figs this year, since last year we let most of them fall to the ground.

  4. Kara July 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM #

    You make it look so easy! And I love fig bars, I must try this! Although I barely even knew what a fig looked like before I saw this post so I don’t have a lot going for me, haha!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats July 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM #

      I barely knew what a fig looked like before picking them! I saw them at the grocery store the other day and I probably wouldn’t have noticed them if I hadn’t seen them in SA!! 🙂


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