This year we had a very warm summer and the garden gave us a lot delicious figs, which we shared with friends.
However, it was only during our holidays on Crete after noticing that most of the figs fall on the floor and, as I hate food waste, I decided to try to dry some figs and prepare a great souvenir of the summer in a jar.
The good thing we had for this, beside the figs of course was the sun; the strong Greek sun is best to preserve these figs and for this reason, I searched in the internet how I should proceed.
To make them more special, I decided to modify an Italian recipe (from the *Puglie* region) and so I started to collect ripe but still firm green and black figs and to dry them in the sun!
Figs can be dried halved or cut in two pieces; I opted to cut them into two halves as the effect of the sun would be stronger drying the figs quickly and the rays would destroy all possible parasites.
The best way to dry them would be on a grid, but since I did not have this, I used my normal baking try with a black baking foil, which attracted the sun and kept the heat; in two days, the figs were dry enough, some of them almost to dry! J
If you don’t have the opportunity to collect and dry the figs, you should opt for the dry figs from the store and halve them with a scissor taking care to keep them partially attached.
These figs are an unusual addition to the holiday table and make a unique Christmas gift from the kitchen!
Dried Figs stuffed with Almonds and Orange Zest
- 50 dried figs, butterflied
- 1 orange, peel only removed with a vegetable peeler and cut into small pieces
- 50 almonds
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1 pinch o cinnamon
- 10-20 bay leaves
- Add a piece of orange peel on one side of the butterflied fig.
- Add an almond on each it and cover with the other side. Press them well together.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 180°C/350°F, Check on the color and temperature as cooking time may vary from oven to oven!
- In the meantime, combine the powdered sugar with the cinnamon.
- Switch off the oven, take out the figs out, dust with sugar and place them in the oven for other 5 minutes.
- In order to store them for a long time, place the still warm figs into sterilized jars layered and with several bay leaves between the layers for added flavor. Store the jar in a cool dry place.
Tip1: After sun drying the figs, some of them resulted very dry, too dry for this preparation, for this reason I placed them in bowl, sprinkled them with water (about tablespoons for 5 cups of dried figs) covered them, and placed in the microwave for 2 two minutes. After resting for about 10 minutes they were ready for this preparation.
Tip2: Quartered walnuts and orange zest by lemon or tangerine zest may replace Almonds!