Summer Candy aka Figs
There's nothing better than a super ripe, squishy fig. It's like eating candy right off the tree. Unfortunately, everything in the animal kingdom knows this too. We've even seen a deer standing on her hind legs eating figs from the upper branches, but we still manage to get a few.
The internet is full of great fig recipes, but aside from tree snacking, this coffee cake recipe from Authentic Suburban Gourmet is one of our favorite ways to eat them.
Fig Coffee Cake
2 C. Flour
1 ½ C. Sugar
½ C. Butter, cut into small pieces
1 t. Baking Powder
2 Eggs, separated
¾ C. Milk
¼ C. Cream
2 t. Vanilla
2 C. Figs, cut into 8ths
Using a stand up mixer, combine the flour and sugar, then cut in the butter and mix with an electric mixer on low speed, until crumbly. Add baking powder, egg yolks, milk and vanilla. Beat until combined.
Whisk the reserved egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the batter.
Pour the batter into a greased 13 x 9 baking pan. Cover with the diced figs. Sprinkle the crumb topping (see below for recipe) over the figs. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.
1/3 C. dark brown sugar
1/3 C. granulated sugar
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
1/2 C. (1 stick or 4 ounces) butter, melted
1 3/4 C. Flour
In a large bowl add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour and mix together. Then add the melted butter and stir together. You can use your hands to combine together and create the large crumbs.
tip: we quarter and freeze the figs on sheet pans before portioning and sealing them in foodsaver bags.