Egyptian Fig Roll Cookies
photo by YummySmellsca
- Ready In:
- 4hrs 15mins
- 8 ounces dried figs (I used a combination of Black Mission and Calimyrna)
- 1 tablespoon honey (I like Manuka)
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch cardamom
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 2 ounces flour
- 3 ounces spelt flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 ounce salted butter, room temperature
- 2 ounces non-hydrogenated shortening
- 1 ounce brown sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1⁄2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon orange extract
- Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring up to a gentle simmer.
- Cook for 30 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed and figs begin to turn into a "paste".
- Transfer to a food processor and purée a thick consistency.
- Cool completely, then transfer to a plastic zip-top bag and set aside. (Note: you can make this up to 3 days in advance).
- Whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Cream the butter, shortening, sugar, egg whites and extracts in a bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients, beating to combine into a dough.
- Wrap well in plastic and chill at least one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 325 and line a baking sheet.
- Roll the dough into a thin layer (less than 1/4") on a floured surface or between sheets of waxed paper.
- Slice strips about 3 1/4" wide, and pipe the filling along the centre of each.
- Fold the sides over the filling, lightly pressing down to seal (add a brushing of water if necessary to stick).
- Slice into "two bite" sized pieces (about 1") and place on the lined sheet.
- Bake, one sheet at a time, for 12 minutes. Keep unbaked cookies in the fridge between bakes (or freeze for later baking).
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<p>Montessori teacher, nutritionist and pastry chef: baking is my passion, but teaching the value of good food to whole families is close to my heart too! I have a passion for re-instilling the love of good-quality, home-made and mostly healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of children and their families today. I believe that any ?homemade? food, even when labelled as naughty, is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk.</p> 9408826"