Chewy Fig Bars

Sprinkling these homemade fig bars with turbinado sugar gives them a rustic crunch.

Chewy Fig Bars

For the Dough:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup millet flour
     

For the Filling:

  • 8 ounce dried figs, stemmed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup tawny port
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 tablespoons Domino® Light Brown Sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Domino® Demerara Cane Sugar, for sprinkling

To make dough: Combine butter, sugar, yolks, salt, vanilla, and flours in the bowl of a food processor. Process until dough comes together, 30 to 60 seconds. Turn dough out and divide in half. Shape each half into a 3-by-5-inch rectangle and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour.

Prepare filling: Heat figs and port in a small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Transfer fig mixture to a food processor. Add vanilla bean seeds, brown sugar, and salt; process until a paste forms, 1 minute.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees with rack in the middle position. Roll out one piece of dough between lightly floured sheets of parchment paper into an 8-by-11-inch rectangle. Spread half of the filling lengthwise down the center of the dough to form a 2 ½-by-9-inch rectangle. Use parchment to lift dough and fold over the filling to cover. Pinch edges to seal. Refrigerate on parchment until firm, 15 minutes. Repeat process with remaining dough and filling.

Remove both pieces of filled dough from refrigerator. Use parchment to carefully flip dough, seam-side down, onto a single parchment-lined baking sheet. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Combine egg and cream, and lightly brush dough. Sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool on pan before slicing crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick pieces.

Note: I know it seems odd to add the flour to the processor last, but that's how we did it because it seemed to combine more easily.

Makes 24 bars.

 

Recipe as featured on Martha Bakes.

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