THYME & GINGER FIG BARS


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Fresh summertime figs are lightly sweetened and then spiced with Ginger, Thyme (yes, Thyme and figs go well together!) and lemon, for this delicious snacking bar. It's not too sweet, and has a perfect buttery crust. Even fig-haters will love these bars! It's a yummy way to enjoy this wonderful seasonal fruit.

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Ingredients:

For The Jam:

2 lbs of fresh figs, stems removed & cut into small chunks

1/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 Tblspns lemon juice

1 tsp Ginger Powder

1 tsp Thyme Powder

For The Crust:

1/2 cup Almond Flour

1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 stick butter, cut into small pieces (or grated)

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 Tblspn Crystallized Ginger (for the top crust)

Directions:

For The Jam: Put all jam ingredients in a heavy skillet and cook on medium high heat (stirring occassionally) until the juices are reduced and the mixture is thick. Set aside. For The Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the flours, sugars, salt, and baking powder. Add the butter, egg and extract and work the mixture until it is crumbly. Press 2/3s of this mixture into an ungreased 8x8 baking pan. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until it is lightly brown. Spread the set aside jam over the baked crust. Combine the reserved 1/3 of the crust mixture with the Crystallized Ginger and then sprinkle this mixture over the jam. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top crust is golden brown. Cool on a rack and cut into squares once it is cooled.

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