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Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Dessert | 1 comment

Fig Squares

Fig Squares

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.

fig picking

fig picking

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.

ripe figs

ripe figs

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 🙂

Disastrous turn

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.
So i paused and thought,how do i save it.This is what i did.
Layering the bottom of the dish
  • 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.
Layering the top of the jam
  • 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.
fig squares

fig squares

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.

 

Fig Squares

Ingredients

    Fig Jam
  1. 3 cups small ripe figs
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. Dry ingredients
  5. 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  6. 1 cup all purpose flour
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. Wet ingredients
  10. 1 stick butter room temp.
  11. 3/4 cup sugar
  12. 1 egg
  13. 1 tablespoon milk
  14. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a pot,add water and soak the figs for 45 mins to 1 hr.
  2. Rinse and drain.
  3. Add figs,water and sugar in a pot.
  4. Cook it at low,stirring and smashing the figs until jam like consistency is reached.
  5. While figs are cooking,cream butter and sugar using hand mixer until it is well blended.
  6. Add egg,milk,vanilla and milk to creamed butter sugar mixture.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
  8. Mix the dough.You may have to use your hand to bring it together.
  9. Divide the dough in two parts.One for top and one for bottom layer of baking dish.
  10. Chill the dough for 45 mins - 1 hr.
  11. Assembly
  12. Roll each ball of the chilled out dough.
  13. Take 9 by 13 inch baking dish,lay down the first piece of rolled out dough.
  14. Spread the fig jam all over it.
  15. Top with other rolled out dough.
  16. Bake at 350F for 25-30 mins
  17. Let it cool.Cut it in squares.
  18. Keep in a air tight container.
  19. Enjoy!
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1 Comment

  1. Thanks so much for sharing my recipe and linking to my site! I’m so glad you enjoyed the fig bars. They ARE super tasty, aren’t they? I’m waiting for my figs to ripen (should be soon) so I can make these again 🙂

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