I've been lurking for some time now, reading recipes, etc. You all have some wonderful ideas!
I'm wondering what I can do with the figs on my tree in the backyard. I don't want them to go to waste. I was tempted to make jam/jelly with some to go over pancakes? A pie? I know that that could potentially be the UNhealthy food, so any ideas for alternatives?
How about fig newtons?
3 c. unbleached flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. canola oil
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. corn syrup
1 drop lemon extract
1 drop orange extract
2 egg whites
1 tsp. lemon juice
Put all the dough ingredients into a mixing bowl. Beat for three to four minutes with an electric mixer set at medium speed. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for two hours.
2 1/2 lbs. fresh figs
1/4 c. orange juice
4 tbsp. honey
While the dough is chilling, make the filling. Wash and drain the figs, then cut off their tops and halve them. Puree the figs in a food processor. Pour the puree into a nonstick saucepan and add the orange juice and honey, combining well. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to medium. Cook until most of the liquid evaporates and the mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. This will yield about 1 1/2 cups of filling.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator (after two hours) and divide it into four parts. Roll each part out to a rectangle about 11 x 5 inches and one quarter inch thick (use extra flour if necessary). Spread about 1/3 cup of filling on one section of the dough. Then fold over each side to make a seam. Using two metal spatulas, turn the dough with the seam side down.
Place the rolled dough on a baking sheet. Repeat with the other three sections of dough. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool, then cut each roll into six cookies.
Makes 24 fig newtons.
FIG NEWTON BARS
1 c. butter
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
Mix butter, eggs, lemon juice, brown sugar, and vanilla well. Add flour, salt, soda, and baking powder. Mix well and chill.
1 1/2 c. ground figs (1 lb. whole figs) or dates and/or raisins
1 c. water
3/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. flour
1/4 c. nuts
2 tbsp. orange juice
Boil figs and water 5 minutes. Blend in sugar, flour, nuts, orange juice. Cook until thick. Cool. Roll half to 18 x 12 x 1/8 inch rectangle. Cut into 4 strips 3 inches wide. Put cooled filling down center of strip. Fold each side over. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
Thanks! Sounds like a plan:)
Rosemary fig confit
1 cup figs, chopped fine
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
In a 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan stir together ingredients and simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Remove lid and simmer mixture, stirring occasionally, until most liquid is evaporated and mixture is thickened. In a food processor coarsely purée fig mixture. Confit may be made 5 days ahead and chilled, covered.
Bring confit to room temperature before using. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.
I usually skip the food processor step and the wine is optional.
This has gone on sandwiches, grilled meats, and flat breads. A big favorite at parties is flat bread with the fig conserve and gorgonzola cheese - some people like prosciutto.
I make a whole bunch and it freezes just fine.
ha - the herbalist I used to work with bought the entire crop of figs from his neighbor's trees to make and bottle a child's strength laxative syrup. Wow! That stuff worked!
You might look into preserving if you have an abundance of ripe fruit all at once.
You can also dehydrate them whole, or make fruit leather.
This isn't a way to preserve them, but if you cut a cross in the fat bottom part and stuff in cream cheese or goat cheese mixed with a lot of fresh basil and a bit of honey if you want, it is an amazing appetizer or snack.
I just thought of this variation, but I bet a carmelized nut pressed into the cheese would be awesome as well.
Here is an interesting fig recipe site:
and look at some raw food sites on the web, raw foodies use figs and dates for really good desserts all the time.
I really like this site. my mouth is watering already! Thanks!
Dry them. They keep forever.
How to dry figs:
I'd make a panforte from dried figs! Here's a link to a basic description. Just sub out the fruit they list, and maybe sub out some of the nuts for figs, too. You start with honey & sugar taken to the soft-ball stage to make a thick batter with any dried fruit & nuts you want... Best energy bar ever!
Well, it isn't really a recipe, but one of my favorite meals consists of a few fresh figs, really good goats cheese, fresh bread - and a lot of honey. These flavors are fantastic together.
I usually just make preserves (equal parts of figs and sugar, heated on the stove until thickened) without the use of pectin, which means less sugar. I then give them away from the holidays as gifts.
Equal parts by weight or by volume?
That sounds like a plan. How long do they keep? Refrigerate? Sealed sterile jars? Let me know.Thanks!
as long as the jars are sealed (use canning jars) and you put the preserves in them while they are still hot, so the cans seal themselves when they cool, they should last for quite a long time. I still have an unopened jar of fig preserves that I made last year for xmas and it's still good.
Sell to ur neighbours at markup.
More technique than recipe. Grill them. Barring that, put a heavy, saute pan on high heat for approx 5 minutes (longer if it's cast iron), then add your fat, then your figs with plenty of salt and pepper. Great as an accompaniment to lots of main and side courses (I know, a side to a side, but you get it).
Ok seriously, something more useful you can do about your apparent fig surplus is locate any friends going to school and living on res., they will likely have a beef with a neighbor and the figs would make a much better throwing projectile than mom's spoiling food.
I don't have nearly as many figs to dispose of as you do, but I have about a pound. I was thinking about dessert, so I googled and found a fig sugar cookie recipe I think I'm going to try:
I must say, the jam idea posted earlier sounds fab, though. I might do that instead.
check out this recipe! VERY VERY yummy! can be used to fill a jam tart, or scones with cream and any other jam requirements you may have :D
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my figs are yummay if i get to them B4 the ants do , too :)
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I am making strawberry jam with suar free jello and steva. I was trying to find gelatin that did not use aspartame .