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Fig Bars

Fig Bars

1 cup Butter or Oil
3 Eggs
1 cup Honey
1 cup Date sugar or Sucanat
3-3/4 cups Natural Flour, your choice or mixture
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking soda
2 tsps Baking powder
1 tsp. Salt

Dough Directions:   
Cream together butter, sweetner, vanilla and eggs. Mix flour, salt, soda, and baking powder;  add to egg mixture and mix well.   Chill about 2 hours.  

Fig Preserves Filling:  

1-1/2 cups of ground figs (your choice)
1-1/4 cups of water
1/2 cup Honey
1/2  cup water
1 Tbsp. flour

Fig Filling Directions:  
Cut up figs; grind or blend; mix in 1-1/4 cups of water to make a fig mixture.  Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly.  Mix honey, water and flour. Stir honey mixture into the fig mixture and continue to cook until thick.  Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup ground nuts and 2 Tbsp. of orange juice.   Cool mixture

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.   Divide dough in half and roll into 18 X 12 inch rectangle.  
Cut into 4 (3 inch wide) strips.  Place filling down the center of strips.  Fold sides up and over the filling.   Place seam down on baking trays 2 inches apart.   Bake about 15 minutes at 275 degrees.  Cool and cut into 2 inch bars.  Makes about 4 dozen.  .

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