Prep 25 mins
Cook 15 mins
Healthier than store-bought, without all the preservatives!
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, well beaten
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup fig, finely chopped
- Cream the shortening and 1 cup sugar; add the egg and beat until light and fluffy.
- Mix the milk with the vanilla.
- Sift salt, flour and baking powder together; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.
- Blend well.
- Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness on lightly floured board (rectangle shape).
- Put figs in saucepan with remaining sugar and 1 cup boiling water.
- Boil 5 minutes; cool.
- Spread the cooked mixture over half the dough; fold over the other half of the dough to cover.
- Cut into rectangular bars.
- Bake in 400°F for 12 to 15 minutes.
I'm a "5-star or shut-up" rater. But this recipe is a terrific alternative to the commercial product, so I encourage you to make it, with adjustments. To make the dough workable, 1-2 more cups of flour are needed with butter substituting for the shortening. The dried figs should be pureed before boiling. Instead of working with a 2-foot long rectangle of dough (nightmare!), rolling it out into smaller rectangles and spreading on a thin layer of fig filling gets you to the same result more easily. Cut them smallish as the baking powder makes these much puffier than the commercial ones.
I'm giving this a 4 because I haven't perfected it to suit us yet. I favor the butter and a little wheat flour. Also, I went light on the sugar so it doesn't defeat the purpose of being healthy. Any dried fruit would do too. This recipe has potential!
YUMMO! I did change the recipe quite a bit. We have wheat, corn, dairy, egg, soy, legume allergies. SO....I used a combo of brown rice flour, sorgum flour and potato starch to replace regular flour. Used baking soda/cream of tartar mix for the baking powder, and 1/4 cup unflavored applesauce for the egg. I used Spectrum shortening for the shortening. I cut up the dried figs into tiny bits and boiled in a little less than 1/4 c sugar and added some vanilla. Then I blenderized it. They were surprsingly delicious! And this is from a mom who can eat anything! Just my kids can't. Thanks for sharing!