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Sep 7, 2008 06:38 PM

fig squares

A friend requested something along the lines of a Fig Newton. Does anyone have a fig square/bar recipe to share? Thanks.

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    1. re: paulj

      There's a good recipe in the Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook. A bit complicated to paraphrase and I can't find it on line, but perhaps your library has a copy.

    2. Earlier this year I made some fig bars that resembled the apple crisp that's being discussed in another thread. I came across the recipe in a waiting room magazine, and then looked it up on. I don't recall which magazine, though I may have a print out or file on another computer.

      But the gist was to make a fig paste from chopped dried figs, sugar, and if I recall correctly red wine. Then make a crust 'batter' along the same lines as for a crisp - flour, oats, sugar, butter, etc. Spread part of the batter on the bottom of the pan, top with the fig paste, and then the rest of the batter. Bake.

      I have also seen instructions for make 'newtons'. The dough was rolled out, and cut into strips. Fig paste was spread down the middle of a strip, and sides folded over to enclose the filling. Bake and cut into bars. A cookie dough along the lines of a ginger bread might work, though I prefer the whole wheat bars that health food places used to sell in bulk.

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      1. re: paulj

        Thanks everyone! Yes, I've done a bit of research and come across the newtons but I'm lazy and those seem to be a bit more labor intensive than I'm in the mood for so I'm looking for a bar along the lines of a raspberry or apricot square. I suppose I could simply replace those fillings with fig.

        1. re: tweetie

          Of the whole grain newtons I actually prefer the apricot and raspberry ones to the fig ones. Figs, while sweet, are bland compared to the other flavors. So when making the substitution in the other direction, I'd look for ways of adding some tartness or zip to the figs.

      2. You just might find what you want here:

        You will need to scroll down to find fig recipes.

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          1. I've made the ones in Nick Malgieri's How To Bake. I liked them very much.

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            1. re: nofunlatte

              Even more great suggestions! Thanks again. Loved the Valley Fig site on which I found a CI recipe that never showed up when I googled. I think I'll try it.