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Fig Bars with Port Wine

This is a wonderfully casual, delicious dessert. It keeps well, but don't plan on keeping it around for too long. It's so delectable, your family will simply gobble it right up. 

Ingredients

2 cups coarsely
chopped dried figs
1/2 cup port wine
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
Sea salt
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup ground blanched almonds
2/3 cup Suzanne's Specialties Maple Rice Nectar
Generous pinch ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons vegan buttery spread (like Earth Balance or Smart Balance)
unsweetened almond or soy milk

Directions 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil an 8-inch square baking dish.

Combine figs, wine, juice and a pinch of salt in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook until figs are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Transfer figs to a food processor and puree until smooth. Spoon into a bowl to cool while preparing the pastry.

Place flour, oats, almonds, a pinch of salt, rice syrup and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until oats are finely ground. Add "butter spread" and pulse until a coarse meal forms. Add soymilk by tablespoons, slowly stirring in until mixture holds together. Firmly press one half the pasty mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread fig mixture evenly over the pastry. Sprinkle remaining pastry mixture over top the figs, crumbling with your fingers. Press gently into place. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the topping browns. Cool completely before cutting into squares. 

Makes 16, 2-inch squares. 


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