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What can I do with my figs?

topic posted Mon, September 24, 2007 - 6:49 PM by  Candace
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Hello Everyone,

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?
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Candace
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  • Re: What can I do with my figs?

    Mon, September 24, 2007 - 7:01 PM
    How about fig newtons?


    FIG NEWTONS

    DOUGH/CRUST:

    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.

    FILLING:

    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

    DOUGH:

    1 c. butter
    3 eggs
    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.

    FIG FILLING:

    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.
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    Re: What can I do with my figs?

    Mon, September 24, 2007 - 7:17 PM
    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.
  • Re: What can I do with my figs?

    Mon, September 24, 2007 - 8:16 PM
    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.
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    Re: What can I do with my figs?

    Mon, September 24, 2007 - 8:59 PM

    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.
  • Re: What can I do with my figs?

    Wed, September 26, 2007 - 11:29 AM
    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!

    www.joyofbaking.com/Panforte.html
    • Re: What can I do with my figs?

      Thu, September 27, 2007 - 5:07 AM
      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.
  • Re: What can I do with my figs?

    Sun, October 7, 2007 - 10:37 PM
    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).
  • Re: What can I do with my figs?

    Tue, October 9, 2007 - 7:07 PM
    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.

    You're welcome!
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    Re: What can I do with my figs?

    Wed, October 10, 2007 - 8:06 AM
    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:

    www.seasonalchef.com/recipe0...0Cookies .

    I must say, the jam idea posted earlier sounds fab, though. I might do that instead.

    Decisions, decisions.

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