I will be honest. Before I went shopping for ingredients for this recipe, I did not know what a fig looked like. Don’t sit there and judge me, because I know most of you probably have never eaten a fig.
So listen. I made these for a potluck at work, but people were afraid of them.
What is so scary about figs? I didn’t like Fig Newtons as a kid either, but now I am much more sophisticated, like Martha.
Step 1: Gather ingredients: Flour, dried figs, butter, lemon zest, sugar, apple juice.
See? If the figs suck, the apple juice is going to make it taste great!
Step 2: In a food processor, pulse to combine flour and sugar.
Step 3: Add butter and pulse until it resembles a course meal.
Wait until cat dozes off, then…
Step 4: Pour half of mixture into pan and press.
Step 5: Take other half of dough and form large clumps.
This took forever. It’s like pressing coal into diamonds!
Step 6: In a food processor, combine figs, apple juice, and remaining flour and sugar until a paste is formed.
This made the food processor jump around, even with its suction cups.
Step 8: Add remaining dough and press softly.
This looks like crap. Maybe it will bake okay.
Step 9: Bake for an hour, let cool completely.
Step 10: Remove using parchment overhang and cut.
This is still the most genius thing I’ve ever heard of/tried.
They cut great too! No residue on the knife like the other bars I’ve made!
I got: 20
Start time: 8:00
End time: 9:45 (1 hour, 45 mins)
Martha’s estimated time: 1 hour, 10 mins
What did I learn?
- This was a pretty easy recipe. I want to try it with different fillings.
- Cats hate food processors, but not enough to run away.
- What is figgy pudding? Is the filling I made actually figgy pudding?
What do I need to learn?
- Is there an easier way to form the dough clumps than just grabbing and squeezing?
When people got over their fear and ate these, I received compliments. Y’all are classy now.
Even my elves liked them. Well, at least Bea did. She locked Bo under that glass so he couldn’t eat any.
Although I don’t believe Big Ang would like these bars, I do believe her skin is tanned to a perfect “fig” color and her lips resemble that of the fluffy top layer. These bars are so beautiful, they being a tear to my eye (just like Big Ang when she sings).
These fig bars compliment a nice jug of hot cocoa. For when you receive a giant coffee cup in the mug exchange and are excited to give water boarding a try. Thanks again for sharing your treats! (Also, the pics are THE BEST)