Fig Bars
 
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Fig trees are abundant along the Mediterranean because the weather creates a perfect growing environment for them. The naturally sweet figs they produce are great for desserts.
Servings: 12 fig bars
Ingredients
  • [1/2] cup plus 3 TB. butter, at room temperature
  • [1/4] cup plus 2 TB. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or flavoring
  • 1[1/4] cups all-purpose flour
  • 1[1/2] cups dried figs, chopped
  • 1 cup hot water
  • [1/2] cup walnuts
  • [1/4] cup brown sugar, packed
  • [1/2] cup instant oats
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cinnamon
  • [1/2] tsp. ground nutmeg
  • [1/2] tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, and using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream together [1/2] cup butter, [1/4] cup sugar, and vanilla extract for 2 minutes.
  2. Add 1 cup all-purpose flour, and blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Place chopped figs in a small bowl, pour in hot water, and let them sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  5. Press dough into the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan, and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Add walnuts to figs, and mix well, slightly smashing with the back of a fork. Evenly distribute fig mixture over crust in the pan.
  7. In a small bowl, combine remaining [1/4] cup flour, brown sugar, instant oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  8. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut remaining 3 tablespoons butter into oat mixture until you get a crumbly mixture. Spoon crumble topping over fig filling, and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Let bars cool for 1 hour before cutting and serving.
Notes
Tasty Tip
For a nuttier flavor, add [1/4] cup sesame seeds to the crumb topping.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 fig bar Calories: 288 Fat: 14g Saturated fat: 7g Carbohydrates: 38g Sodium: 176mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 4g Cholesterol: 28mg
Recipe by DedeMed.com at https://dedemed.com/mediterranean/fig-bars/