Saturday, November 26, 2011

FIG-FILLED BARS

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My Sicilian mother-in-law used to make the most wonderful fig bars.  Unfortunately, I never got her recipe, but this one from a 1960's Pillsbury recipe is not bad.  Of course, you have to love figs, because that’s the main ingredient.  The recipe makes 4 dozen, a nice batch of cookies for Christmas, or any time of the year.


Fig-Filled Bars
Source:  Ann Pillsbury
Rating:  9 out of 10
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Sift together………….2-1/2 cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
                                   1/4 tsp. salt
Cream………………1/2 cup butter.  Gradually add
                                   1/2 cup sugar and
                                   1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, creaming well.
Blend in……………...2 unbeaten eggs and
                                   1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract.
Add………………….the dry ingredients; mix thoroughly.  If desired, chill dough for easier
                                    handling.
Roll out………………half of dough on floured surface, to a 15x9” rectangle.  Cut into three
                                    15x3” strips.
Spread……………….1/6 of filling down center of each strip.
Fold………………….sides of dough over the filling, using spatula to lift sides, so they just
                                    meet.  Press together slightly.  Cut into 2” bars.  Place, seam-side down,
                                    onto baking sheets.  Repeat with remaining dough. 
Bake…………………in moderate oven (375F) 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Fig Filling:  In a saucepan, combine 2 cups (1 lb.) figs, ground or finely cut, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp. grated lemon rind, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1/8 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until mixture thickens, stirring constantly.  Cool.  Yield:  4 dozen
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5 comments:

Rita said...

Love fig bars; had no idea I could make them; great recipe.
Rita

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Figs are over at the moment but will bookmark this for next year. Thanks Diane

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Those are the best looking fig bars I've ever seen! I do love a fig with a cup of tea! Thank you for sharing!

Valerie said...

Judy, this looks delicious! I love figs!!

Lizzy said...

Mmmmmm....the only boxed cookies my mom would buy were Fig Newtons...so I have a soft spot in my heart for fig cookies. I know yours are SO much better than those from the grocery store!