Apricot Fig Newtons with a Splash of Orange

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Fig newtons, my favorite snack! Over the past year, I’ve been buying my family the organic fig newmans. I love them, however, as I’ve been on a quest to making more of my own food, I decided to give them a try since I usually buy a pack a week. Sad thing is they only last us a few days before they’re gone! I found a recipe and started there but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. After a few attempts I came up with my own batter and filling recipe. What I’m pretty excited about is that this recipe is so versatile. Meaning there are many variations I’d still like to try including one of my favorite herbs anise. So here is a recipe I came up with including fresh organic apricots, dried figs, and one of my all time favorite fruits, Oranges!

Ingredients:

For the Dough

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour soaked overnight in 1 cup of homemade or plain yogurt.
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbls butter
  • 1/2 tbls orange zest

For the Filling

  • 5 dried figs
  • 5 apricots
  • 3 tbls honey
  • the juice of 1/2 an orange

The quickest way for me to do this is to make the filling on the same night that I soak my flour. That way the next day all I need to do is roll out the dough, place the filling, seal and bake. Saves me alot of time!

Filling

  1. Peel the apricots. Bring a pot of water to a full rolling boil. Place the apricots in the boiling water for 30 – 40 seconds. If your apricots are ripe their peel should slide right off.

  2. Once the peel has been removed, remove the pit and dice the apricots.
  3. In a small pan, heat the apricots and 2 tbls of honey. Heat through until the apricots break down. About 5 minutes.
  4. In a food processor blend the figs, apricots, juice of 1/2 of an orange and 1 tbls honey.

Dough:

  1. The next day after soaking, stir in the maple syrup, butter and orange zest. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Assembly:

  1. Divide chilled dough into 4 parts
  2. Add unbleached white flour to dough and work space to prevent sticking.
  3. roll out 1 part of the dough into a 10 x 4 inch rectangle, ¼ inch thick
  4. Spread ¼ of the filling evenly down the right side (lengthwise) of the rectangle

  5. Fold the dough in half resulting in a 10 x 2 inch bar
  6. Pinch to close

  7. Repeat with 3 remaining parts of dough and filling
  8. Transfer each bar to a parchment lined baking stone; bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes
  9. Cut bar every 2 inches to form the fig newtons

They were so delightful with a slight splash of orange! Enjoy!!

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12 Responses to "Apricot Fig Newtons with a Splash of Orange"
  1. Liz says:

    Wow Diana! I love newton fig cookies and we don't have them in Spain! I keep the recipe so I can make them whenever I crave them… Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Chow and Chatter says:

    these looks awesome good job

  3. Kamran Siddiqi says:

    I love this recipe! I definitely need to make this ASAP! And I love that you've included apricots in the filling. Delish!

  4. mathildescuisine says:

    Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! I love the orange twist, very nice

  5. foodnfit says:

    Oh yum those look goood!

  6. Hummingbird Appetite says:

    Hi Diana! I passed on a "One Lovely Blog" award to you!

    I don't normally eat apricots, but I definitely want to try them. Great recipe!

  7. girlichef says:

    Wow, these look delicious…I'll have to try making some (i luv figs)!! ….a little hummingbird sent me ;) tasty blog!

  8. Liz says:

    Hi Diana! This is Liz once again! I just want to be sure there is no problem I add you to my blogroll, if there isn't, let me know and I will do it asap. Thanks a lot for your long visit and for this recipe again! Bye!

  9. Diana Bauman says:

    Liz – I know they don't have fig newtons in Spain BUT we don't have JAMON in the states, lol!! :)

    Rebecca – Thank you!

    Kamran – If you try something new let me know ;)

    mathildescuisine – Thank you!!

    foodnfit – Thanks!

    Jenny- Thank you for thinking of me! I'll post it on my blog as soon as I can!!

    girlichef – Thanks for visiting and commenting! I'm looking forward to visiting yours!!

  10. Kristen says:

    I can't wait to try this!

  11. Mar says:

    A delicious recipe, my english is not good but I hope you undestand me…
    A kiss from Spain

  12. Yum, definitely gonna try these!!

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