Every time I hear fig,i think of Genesis.I think of desperate and helpless Adam and Eve.
7 “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” - Genesis 3:7
How absolutely pathetic fallen man and woman looked,trying to cover up their shame?
21 “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” - Genesis 3:21
How upset God must have been at Adam and Eve?At the same time,how GRACEFUL and providential HE was to give them dignity in the midst of disobedience and disaster they brought on themselves and for generations to come.
Last year,we went fig picking with my friend Jessica.I think that was the first time i had seen fig tree and realized how big the leaves are and how stocky it can get.Unfortunately we didn’t find many ripe figs,i guess they were picked up before we came.So i tasted the one we picked,even if it didn’t look very ripe and red inside.It tasted very sweet despite of being green.
Figs are not a kind of fruit,i gravitate towards buying like apple and banana,so when my friend Emily,offered to bring me figs from her mom’s backyard,i thought,this would be a good oppurtnity to experiment with some ripe figs.And she did bring me lots of small, red, ripe and sweet bunch of figs.
Figs are very very delicate and do not keep well.It has very thin skin and it bruises very easily.It is one of the naturally sweet thing i have tasted.
So what we did?
We made fig squares,as i would like to call them.Another popular name is Fig Newton.I adjusted my recipe following this Fig Newton recipe.I added whole wheat flour.Figs in itself were too sweet,so i cut down the sugar.I still felt that it was too sweet for me but no one in my family had that problem
Now let me confess,these fig squares almost didn’t happen.I was at the verge of throwing it all way.
- My chilled dough was easy to roll BUT it was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to transfer it intact to the baking dish.
- I tried it couple of times and it FAILED.Imagine me with little chunks of falling out dough while i am transferring.
- I re-rolled the first ball of dough just enough that it can be transferred to the baking dish easily without breaking.
- I pressed and flatten it with the palm of my hands to cover the entire bottom of the dish.
- I generously spread the fig jam all over it.
- This was challenging.I could not use my hand to flatten it and spread it at the top of the jam.
- So i divided the leftover dough in 3 small balls and rolled each individually in small section,as wide as the dish.
- You might need to adjust the width,so it covers the jam.
- I layered each rolled section on the top of the jam,touching each other.
- Then,i filled up each nook and cranny left at the top.
- I baked it at 350F and it was nearly perfect.
So was all this trouble worth it?
Yes,110% and i will do it again.It was gone in 24 hrs.Both of my kids,particularly my son could not stop eating it.My hubby loved it.I was so skeptical,so his affirmation is all i needed to seal the deal for future remakes…Hmmm..i am thinking apple, peaches, strawberry, mango and papaya for future remakes until i get another batch of figs.