Lemony-Fig Bars

Homemade and Tasty Lemony-Fig BarsLemon-Fig Bars | figsandfeta.comDried figs are great, but fresh figs….ugh! Figs are in season right now and their season is short lived, so I try to utilize them as best I can while I can. Homemade Lemony-Figs Bars are what I’ve been craving lately!

Lemon-Fig Bars | figsandfeta.comI’ve been dying to try out some recipes using gluten-free flour, and since I recently came into an abundance of figs I thought it was the perfect time to try a gluten-full and a gluten-free recipe for homemade Lemony-Fig Bars.

Lemon-Fig Bars | figsandfeta.comLemon-Fig Bars | figsandfeta.comIn the end,both versions taste delicious. I like the texture of the gluten-free bars best. Both have the same sweet, homemade fig jam in the middle and a slight citrus taste from the orange juice used to make the jam and the lemon zest in the dough. If you have time, make both recipes and tell me what you think. :)

Lemony-Fig Bars
Serves 24
A delicious homemade version of the classic Fig Newton.
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Prep Time
40 min
Prep Time
40 min
For the Fig Filling
  1. 1 cup fresh figs, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/2 cup orange juice
  4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  5. zest from 1/2 Meyer lemon
For the Dough
  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. zest from 1/2 Meyer lemon
  4. 1 egg white
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour OR 1 1/2 cups Gluten-Free flour
Prepare the Dough
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Beat for about 2 minutes until light in color and fluffy.
  2. Add the lemon zest, egg white, vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.
  3. Scrape the sides down before slowly adding the flour.
  4. Combine at low speed and do not over mix.
  5. The dough will resemble a cookie dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Prepare the Filling
  1. Combine chopped figs, water, orange juice, sugar and lemon zest in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a food processor, and gently pulse until it resembles a smooth jam.
Assemble the Lemony-Fig Bars
  1. Working on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle that is about 16 inches long and 12 inches wide.
  2. Cut the large into 4 parts.
  3. Place Fig filling in the middle of each strip, then gently fold the sids over to meet in the middle.
  4. Place the bar on a cookie sheet and cut into small bars before baking.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes, until the bars are golden brown.
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