It finally happened… the figs on our monster fig tree started to ripen! I tried two new recipes this year with figs that both turned out fantastic.
Fig and Blueberry Crisp
I basically followed this Food Network recipe with some slight modifications:
- I used 3 cups blueberries and 3 cups figs and added a bit of lemon zest to the fruit mixture
- I did not add nutmeg or pecans
- I did add some ground ginger, probably about 1/2 teaspoon
Fruit mixture and topping:
The final, delicious product:
Fig Cookie Bars
While the crisp was super easy to throw together, fig cookies bars (also called fig newtons) required more work, spread across two days for me. For the cookie part, I mostly followed this Fresh Fig Newtons recipe from Sugar Dish Me. For the jam in the middle, I looked around at a number of recipes and ended up using:
- 2 lbs fresh figs, chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- Juice from 1 lemon
Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. After the boil starts, reduce to a simmer and continue to stir / mash from time to time. After 45 min or so, the jam should be thickened.
Note: this jam did turn out quite sweet, so next time I’d reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup probably.
For the cookie part, I changed the Sugar Dish Me recipe by:
- Reducing the butter – I used 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup applesauce
- Omitting the orange zest – I didn’t have an orange and wasn’t sold on this anyhow.
The bars were a huge hit. If only they weren’t so much work!
Finished cookie bar sheet:
Blueberries have been everywhere in the grocery store lately, and they’re delicious, so I infused some with lemon slices, honey from our bee hive, and thyme from our garden.
I tried it tonight, and it’s delicious. I made a light drink with Topo Chico, a squeeze of lemon, the vodka infusion and Creme de Cassis, garnished with a few raspberries. Yum!
This week I tried making some strange food. Last week I encountered a recipe for Caramelized Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas posted to the Craftzine blog. Bananas, marshmallows, and Peanut Butter – some of my favorite foods from when I was 12.
We just happened to have some left over tortillas and a looming bike ride so I decided to try this for breakfast. However, my adult self decided the marshmallows and butter would be too much. I took a single tortilla, covered it in a thin layer of peanut butter, sprinkled on some brown sugar and added a layer of banana slices on half of the tortilla. I folded it in half and toasted in in a frying pan. It came out quite tasty this way. Next time I won’t bother with the brown sugar, it just made a mess and didn’t add anything.
The second random food I made this week was a blueberry dessert. We had some blueberries that weren’t all that exciting to eat so I decided to try to make them into a blueberry crumble dessert. I made the mistake of just winging the topping. I used oats, flour, yogurt, and honey. I accidentally poured too much flour in and the mixture got too doughy and didn’t turn out so great. Next time I’ll make more of a dry topping because the blueberries were tasty underneath.