Holidays bring with it a cosy vibe that most of us anticipate whenever we make visits to our relatives’ houses. And nothing evokes the spirit of the holidays more than the smell of dried figs in baked treats. Dried figs are popularly known as the “fruit of the gods” and rightly so, with its sweet, nectar-like scent and fruity, caramel taste.
Dried figs are popularly used in baked treats and as a garnish in cheese platters and salads for added sweetness. Most people adore this treat simply because it can be an easy-to-prepare afternoon snack. These caramel-coloured gems can be enjoyed as is or can be dipped in chocolate, whatever fits your craving. Its versatility and distinct flavour make it a holiday favourite by almost everyone. Check out the following recipes using dried figs and give them a try!
Dried Fig Souvlaki
This Greek appetizer is an excellent meal starter for your dinner spread. This Greek style delight is made of dried figs stuffed with feta cheese and wrapped with prosciutto and sage. It is advised that you use large, dried figs when making the souvlaki. Slice a slit in each fig using a small knife and fill one by one with feta cheese. Wrap each feta-filled fig with prosciutto and sage and secure with toothpicks. Cook appetizers over medium to high heat and wait until the prosciutto begins to crisp. For the specific ingredients, check this recipe.
Dried Fig and Apple Butter
This fruity butter spread is pretty easy to whip up. All you need for this recipe are some dried figs, peeled and diced apples, apple juice or cider, and some finely chopped, crystallized ginger. Combine dried figs, apples, cider, and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes until apples soften. Stir occasionally until apples are mushy and falling apart. Finally, puree the mixture in batches and transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
Pear and Dried Fig Pie
Yes, pears and figs go well together! This recipe includes dried figs, sugar, vanilla bean, water, pears, fresh lemon juice, corn starch, and rolled-out pastry dough. For the syrup, combine figs water, and sugar in a small saucepan. Add the vanilla bean and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until figs are soft, then transfer figs to a small bowl to set aside, while let the remaining syrup simmer for 10 more minutes. In a separate bowl, combine quartered pears, lemon juice, corn starch, sugar, figs, and syrup and toss gently. Prepare the dough and spoon in the pear mixture. Seal the pie and bake for about 1 hour until the crust is golden and the filling is boiling.
Toasted Quinoa, Dried Fig, and Dark Chocolate Granola Bars
If you’re looking for a superfood granola recipe to start your mornings, then this recipe is for you. It’ll only take you 20 minutes to prepare this healthy treat. This nut-free granola bar is made with toasted quinoa, oats, dried figs, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia. For added sophistication, you can drizzle dark chocolate on top and let it cool. Make sure to store your granola bars in the fridge to harden the mixture and chocolate drizzle.