What to do with figs…

07/12/2011 9:00 am · 5 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Many of you (myself included) got figs in last weeks Bountiful Basket … to be honest I had to ask someone what they where.  The only way I had seen a fig before was in a fig newton cookie.   I never want food to go to waste, so I was grateful to a few of my readers that passed along these recipes to give me ideas on how to use them. Thought you may find them useful as well.


I googled fresh fig recipes and found a really yummy fig and walnut cookie recipe that used cloves, too.

Cream 1 C. sugar, 1/2 C. shortening.

Add 1 egg.

Mix in 2 C. flour, 1 t. baking powder, 1 t. baking soda, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. ground cloves.

Stir in 1 C. chopped figs, 1/2 C. chopped walnuts.

Bake in a 350 oven on a GREASED cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.

I cut this recipe in half since I only had that many figs to use. Make sure you scoop out the seeds before you chop them. It’s up to you if you want to peel them too. You can do it either way!


Put Greek yogurt in a bowl, top with honey, chopped nuts and fresh figs. Scrumptious!



Figs are a sweet, soft, wonderful fruit when ripe. Cut off both ends of figs, wash well, cut up and use on a meat and cheese board with a soft mild cheese, honey, walnuts, thinly sliced ham and rustic bread (great on a hot summer evening when you don’t want to turn on the oven or stove). Or check the Ball Blue Book for preserving recipes.



Very nice basket. Here’s one idea you can use for the figs>>

Strawberry Fig Preserves
3 c. mashed ripe figs, 3 c. sugar, (2) 3 oz. pkg. strawberry jello.
Mix all ingred. together in a saucepan & cook for 4 min. at a full boil. Stir frequently. Skim. Pour into sterilized jars; seal.



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We just eat them plain - sooo good!

Talking Turtle
Talking Turtle

Ah, figs!!!!!!!!! You don't need a recipe! They are divine when eaten "as is" (just like a peach). One of the most perfect foods on the universe!!!! Oh bummer, what a week to NOT get a bountiful basket! Watch how many you eat because for some people they have the same result as eating too many raisins, prunes, etc. :-)


Oh Brenda, that sounds delicious. I have got to try that one.


I love to just eat them all by themselves. They are my very favorite fruit. I miss climbing into my Grandmother's fig tree and picking them. My parents have one now but I am 800 miles away. I do my best to schedule my trips home when the figs are ripe! My aunt made the absolutely best cake ever. It was a fig cake. I'll have to dig out the recipe and share here.


I like to cut them in half, wrap them in bacon or prosciutto, drizzle with a little olive oil and broil. Then top with a bit of feta or goat cheese.

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