Monday, June 15, 2009

Oat-Fig Bars

This chewy bar-cookie recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour's Whole Grain Baking. The original recipe uses dates as the fruit, but since I don't like dates (I'm a married woman, don'tcha know) I opted to use dried Mission figs instead. The whole grain here is oatmeal and it makes for one heckuva flavorful crust and topping.

Have a big glass of milk ready; you're going to need it.


Oat-Fig Bars

Crust:

3/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, ground for 30 seconds in a food processor
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Filling:

1 pound (about three cups) chopped dried Mission figs (I pulsed these in the food processor until they were the consistency of kitty litter.... sorry, I was just trying to provide a visual for you.)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp lemon juice
pinch of salt

Topping:

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, ground for 30 seconds in a food processor
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X13 pan.

TO PREPARE THE CRUST: Cream the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth. Add the ground oats, rolled oats and flour. Mix until the dough is smooth; it'll be quite stiff. Press the dough into the prepared pan. Prick the crust all over with a fork. Place pan in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool while preparing the filling. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.

TO PREPARE THE FILLING: Combine the figs, sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Set the pan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is nearly evaporated. The figs will become sticky and thickened after about five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, lemon juice and salt. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

Dollop the filling onto the baked crust. Gently spread to cover entire crust.

TO PREPARE THE TOPPING: Whisk the ground oats, rolled oats, sugar, baking soda and salt together. Work in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.

Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling. Bake the bars until the figs are bubbly and the topping is beginning to brown, 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. When lukewarm, cut into bars.

15 comments:

Aruna said...

Wow this is mouth watering. And innovative to. :-)

HoneyB said...

I'm married....and I still like dates. :-D With Grumpy that is. lol.

The bars look awesome. I have made a Cooking Light recipe for date bars and these remind me of that recipe. I also was looking at figs in the grocery yesterday but didn't pick them up...but was mentally making a note where to get them and going back as soon as I had decided to use them.

stephchows said...

*drooool* ok the date joke made me laugh out loud hehehe adorable :)

Liz said...

Hi! I'm new in the blog world and I just found out yours, the fig bars look great!

Mags said...

Aruna: Thanks for stopping by!

HoneyB: awww... Grumpy still gets to have date night with you, eh?

Steph: lol.. glad you got that

Liz: welcome! come back and visit again.

Miss Scarlett said...

Oh my gosh - these sound amazing! LOVE figs:)

oneshotbeyond said...

I'm getting ready to make some similar ones next week with berries inside. Yum! Yours look so healthy and delicious.

AJ said...

Do you think that I could use a jam filling?

Jennifer said...

I ADORE figs!!!! I swear I go through a jar of fig jam each week! I need to make this! Thanks :)

Mags said...

Miss Scarlett: thank you!

Oneshotbeyond: I think berries would work very well here too.

AJ: Yes, I think jam would work. In fact, I think the raspberry filling I used in my bars last week (it was jam-like) will be how I make these the next time.

Jennifer: Thanks for commenting!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

These look tremendously delicious - whether figs or dates I'll take 'em.

A & W said...

MMM it's like a fig newton but better and home made! I will definitely be making these soon. Thanks for the amazing pictures and recipes!
-Whitney

Mags said...

Ciao Chow Linda: thanks!

A&W: they actually did remind me of fig newtons...with an oatmeal crust. thanks for stopping by.

Kevin said...

I did a date bar a while ago and a fig version sounds great as well!

Lauren said...

I did a google search for "oat fig bars" and this came up. I used fresh figs and left out the water. They turned out delicious! I shared a link to this post on the Bountiful Baskets Facebook page, so you might get a few hits from that. Thanks for the great recipe!