Monday, October 6, 2014

Make It Monday: Spain

A little handiwork from my niece Cerys (age 11) today - recipe and photos all the way from Spain! Thank you Cerys and Kylie!

make it spanish ... fig newtons

ok ok ok it might not be traditional spanish but the figs are grown on spanish soil in my backyard so, im going with it.
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the photos were taken by cerys who has made these special treats twice with mikaela now and with each batch they are getting yummier and yummier.  
  • 1 pint fresh or preserved figs or 12 ounces dried figs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
if you are using:
fresh figs: Remove stems and boil figs with a cinnamon stick and 2 cups of sugar in 1 cup of water for 45 minutes. Drain and cool.
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dried figs: In a bowl, pour boiling water over figs (stems removed)  and let rest 10 minutes. Drain all but 2 tablespoons water and stir in 2 tablespoons corn syrup + ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.
puree figs in food processor until a thick paste forms (if too thick or thin to spread evenly, add a little water or flour until spreadable consistency is reached).
combine flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
add egg, vanilla, orange juice and combined dry ingredients to bowl and mix until dough forms.
roll dough out on a floured surface into a 8”x14” rectangle about ¼” thick.
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cut rectangle in half lengthwise.
spread fig paste onto half of each rectangle, lengthwise.
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fold dough in half lengthwise to cover fig paste and pinch edges to seal.
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cut each log in half and transfer onto a greased baking sheet.
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bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees until crust begins to brown.
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slice into cookie-sized segments and cool.
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nb. any left over fig paste can be used on crackers with cheese or even frozen for later use.

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