FOOD: The Bake with Paris – Fantastic Fig Newtons
NNPA NEWSWIRE — My goal was to create the perfect balance between the soft cookie and the sticky filling. And I accomplished that if I do say so myself. But don’t just take my word for it- try out the recipe and have a fantastic bake!
By Paris Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor
Hello and welcome back to The Bake! Today’s bake is extra special to me because it’s a recreation of one of my favorite treats- the fig newton.
The sweet cookie wrapped around the intensely flavored fig filling was always such a comforting taste.
So, I recreated them, but better! You see, my only problem with fig newtons is that they were dry and too crumbly.
I enjoyed the filling way more than the actual cookie. So, I made sure my fig newtons were moist and had the perfect texture.
My goal was to create the perfect balance between the soft cookie and the sticky filling. And I accomplished that if I do say so myself.
But don’t just take my word for it- try out the recipe and have a fantastic bake!
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon or orange
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 ½ cups wheat flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups DRIED figs
- ½ cups water plus 2 tbsp molasses
- Juice of 1 lemon or orange
- 1 tbsp honey
- Dash of salt
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
- In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until fully combined and fluffy. Mix in your egg and lemon/orange zest.
- Mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the dry to the wet and mix thoroughly. Set in the fridge to chill for at least 10 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, add figs, water and molasses mix, lemon/orange juice, honey, and salt. Bring to a near boil over medium heat, or until the figs soften and the water evaporates.
- Cool, then blend in a food processor until it comes together and forms a ball.
- Take a spoonful of the cookie dough and flatten it. Place a tablespoon of the fig mix and put it in the middle of the dough. Wrap the dough around the fig mixture and place it onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they are a light golden color.
Brush molasses on fig newtons after they come out of the oven and place in broiler for 1-2 minutes. Watch them carefully; they burn easily.