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Dried figs gone hard....what to do with them?

lazylizard101 May 12, 2010 10:27 PM

I have a jar of dried figs. I purchased them to just eat as a snack but they are really hard.
Any ideas what I can do with them??

thanks deb

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    tonka11_99 RE: lazylizard101 May 12, 2010 10:31 PM

    I rehydrate dried fruit with a liquer or even rum for my chocolate truffles. I would thenk you could do that and use them in a cake or candy.

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    1. re: tonka11_99
      bulavinaka RE: tonka11_99 May 12, 2010 10:36 PM

      Like tonka11 99 suggests - soak in liquer, rum or whiskey and you have the basis for a nice dessert or candy. I'd dip them in a nice dark chocolate.

    2. roxlet RE: lazylizard101 May 12, 2010 10:48 PM

      And if you don't want to rehydrate with a liquer, plain old boiling water will do the trick!

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: roxlet May 12, 2010 10:54 PM

        or fruit juice - i soak chopped dried figs in cranberry or pomegranate juice before adding to granola, and the flavors work really well together.

      2. bushwickgirl RE: lazylizard101 May 12, 2010 10:54 PM

        Yes, rehydrate them in water, fruit juice, liquor, such as rum or cognac, any fruit-flavored liquor, various types of wine; use in baking, or stuff them with cheese or nuts, dip in chocolate; I've even used port-marinated figs for wrapping with proscuitto, in a pinch when I couldn't get fresh ones. Figs fit very well with duck, chicken, pork or lamb dishes.

        Make your own fig bars, yup, just like Fig Newtons, only yours. Here's a chow link with some suggestions and recipe links:


        1. Caroline1 RE: lazylizard101 May 13, 2010 12:24 AM

          What you want to do with them AFTER you rehydrate them would be the key for me. If I wanted to get them back to the semi-moist condition they were in when I bought them, I would put them in a closed container with several sliced or diced apples, close tightly and set on a high refrigerator shelf (warmer shelves are at the top) for a few days to a week. Depending on how dry the figs are, the apple may need to be replaced. But if you want stewed figs to either eat as such or to combine in a recipe, then I'd go with the boiling water, or just put them in a saucepan with water to cover and simmer gently. Fruit juices and liqueurs will add a flavor of their own, which can be interesting *IF* that's what you have in mind to start with. Good luck!

          1. lazylizard101 RE: lazylizard101 Jun 3, 2010 02:45 AM

            FAB ideas all many many thanks. I shall rehydrate some in rum, some in orange juice & some with the apple to see which i prefer....

            I love this web site its sooo helpful!

            thanks again all of you
            Deb :o)

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