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.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 288
Fat 14g
Saturated fat 7g
Carbohydrates 38g
Sodium 176mg
Fiber 3g
Protein 4g
Cholesterol 28mg

Fig Bars

12 fig bars
Servings
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

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

Directions

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.

Add 1 cup all-purpose flour, and blend for 30 seconds.

Place chopped figs in a small bowl, pour in hot water, and let them sit for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Press dough into the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan, and bake for 10 minutes.

Add walnuts to figs, and mix well, slightly smashing with the back of a fork. Evenly distribute fig mixture over crust in the pan.

In a small bowl, combine remaining [1/4] cup flour, brown sugar, instant oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

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.

Let bars cool for 1 hour before cutting and serving.

Tasty Tip
For a nuttier flavor, add [1/4] cup sesame seeds to the crumb topping.

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