Friday, November 29, 2013

Fig Bars

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.  They are all in," the Chick exclaimed as the dogs came running in from the cold.

We have a new game at our house.  It is called "Count the dogs as they run through the door into the house at -20."  It is a game born of necessity.  With three big dogs and four little dogs running into the house all at the same time, it is easy to lose track of who is in and who isn't.  And, at -20 or colder, it could be a real problem for a dog who doesn't usually bark.

This game started after I left Lilly outside.  All the other dogs were in, but Lilly is a sniffer and she was busy sniffing around behind the storage shed because other dogs live on the other side of the fence there.  It was one of those -25° days. We were all in the house and about 5 minutes later I said, "Where's Lilly?" thinking she was upstairs chewing something up...

Nope, she was still outside, looking at the door, lifting one paw and then another because they were so cold, but she never barked.  She is the smallest of the big dogs, but a big dog none-the-less, so no harm- no foul.

Then one morning I left Hershey outside.  He is a small dog, again no bark and colder than -20.  That is a problem.  After I told everyone what I had done, the Chick starting counting the dogs, ALOUD, as they ran in.  So now everyone does it.

Over the weekend the Hippy boy (our oldest) came for a visit and took Tucker home for a sleep-over.  The next morning, the Baby boy spent a while looking, calling and getting his coat on to search for Tucker in the back yard.  When the dogs ran in he only counted to 6.  He forgot Tucker was gone!

Changing topics...

So, one of my favorite winter fruits is figs.  I love figs, but in Fairbanks the best way to get them is dried, fresh figs just don't make it well up here.  So these cookies are made with dried figs.  If you have a good supply of fresh figs you could use those (I'm guessing here), just cook the figs longer and evaporate the extra moisture until they are good and jammy.  These are not very sweet.  The Bboy and the Chick didn't care for them because of that, you could add more sweetener if you like a sweeter cookie.

A simmering pot full of deliciousness.

Orange and Fig Bars
Family Circle, Dec. 2013

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups dried figs roughly chopped
1/2 cup orange juice and 2 tsp. orange zest (from one large orange)
2 Tbsp. honey

Pre heat oven to 350°F.  Line a 13X9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In another bowl, beat butter and 1/2 cup of the sugar for 2 minutes, until fluffy.  Beat in vanilla extract.  Pour in flour and beat on low until well combined.  Press firmly and evenly (the flat side of a measuring cup works well) into the foil lined pan.

In a medium lidded pot, combine figs, orange juice and zest, honey and remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar.  Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 15 minutes.  Using a spatula dipped in warm water, carefully spread fig mixture over cookie layer (re-dip spatula as necessary to prevent sticking).

Bake for 25 minutes.  Cool completely.  Remove from pan by lifting foil and place on cutting board.  Cut into 36 pieces.

1 year ago: When my husband tried to kill me with Cold Medicine and Cinnamon Toast
2 years ago: Caramel Rolls and Black Friday Shopping

November 29, 2013   Daylight 4 hrs, 49 min, 53 sec.  Temp H -15/ L -17°F

1 comment:

  1. Thx for sharing this on Mostly Homemade Mondays. My son LOVES fig newtons, but I have never made them before. I plan to try your recipe, because I know at least one person in the family will relish them!


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