Fresh Fig Bars

I had the opportunity to get my hands on some fresh figs this summer from this beautiful, massive fig tree. Their amazing bright green skin would peel away to reveal a soft, pink, super sweet inside. They were so hard to resist and couldn’t help myself but to gorge on the delicious fruit. However, there is only so much you can eat before it starts to get boring and you just need a little something different. So how could I still eat all these beautiful figs and not get tired of the same old, same old? Look up fig recipes! I found a great one for oatmeal fig bars and decided to give it a whirl. I did make a few modifications from the original recipe because I know what I like and don’t like in my tastes. Next time you can get your hands on some fresh figs you must give this one a try, it is a total winner!

Ingredients:                 

  • Filling:
  • 4 cups of fresh figs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Crumble:

  • 1 cup shortening (or butter)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 cups oats

In a medium sized pot, combine the figs, water, honey, ¼ teaspoon salt, and lemon peel. Let it simmer for about 1 ½ hours stirring occasionally until cooked.

 
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Next, combine the two tablespoons of flour and water and stir into the fig mixture. Let it cook for about five minutes while stirring constantly so the bottom won’t scorch the pan. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.

 
 

Begin preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 11 baking dish or pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

To make the crumble, beat the shortening and brown sugar with a mixer until creamy.

Combine the flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and oats into the brown sugar mixture.

 
 

Take half of the crumble mixture and pat it into the bottom of the pan. Then spread the fig mixture evenly onto the bottom crumble. Sprinkle the remaining crumble over the top and lightly press it down.

 
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Bake for about 30-minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Everyone will be so impressed you made this amazing treat from fresh figs; I guarantee the pan won’t last long with everyone gobbling them up!

 
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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