Fig Layer Bars
Fig bar is delicious,moist and flavor packed snack.It is not overly sweet and is perfect as a breakfast or as a snack. I made these bars with dried figs and fig jam,but you can replace it with fresh figs or with fig puree.Bars are easy to put together. It has a buttery crust, jam and dry fruit filling and a crumble topping.Try this, kids will surely love this.
All purpose flour- 2 cups
Fig preserve/jam- 1/2 cup
Dried fig- 8-10
Chilled Unsalted butter- 1 cup ( 8 oz.)
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract-2 tsp
For the topping
Sugar- 2 tbs
All purpose flour- 1/4 cup
Butter- 2 tbs
Pre heat oven to 325 degree F and position rack in the center of the oven. Grease 13"x9" baking pan and set aside.
Soak the figs in warm water for half an hour and chop into small pieces.
Using a food processor,mix flour,sugar and salt.Add pieces of butter and pulse 8-10 times till the mixture resembles course meal. Add the egg yolks, vanilla essence and process until the mixture forms large clumps and holds together when pinched between two fingers.
Put dough in a plastic bag or a wrap and press together to form a ball. Chill for one hour.
Pre heat oven to 350 degree F (175C). Pat the dough into bottom of the pan.
Stir preserve,using a rubber spatula,gently spread over the dough.Sprinkle the chopped fig over the jam.
Now to make the topping mix 1/4 cup of flour, sugar and butter to resemble a crumbly mixture.Spread this evenly on top.
Bake for25-30 minutes until the crumbs are firm and light brown. Cool in pan over a rack till it is lukewarm. Using a sharp knife slice into bars. Store in air tight containers (can be left in room temperature for three days)
Hope you will all enjoy!