Figgy surprise…

by Sunita on March 26, 2008

I really love it when Rengoni and Agastya ask questions…which means that they are aware of their surroundings, and also shows their urge to know and inquire into the nature of things, rather than being a passive onlooker.

Well, as far as I can give a satisfactory answer to quench the thirst of those eager minds, that’s fine. But sometimes it’s really hard. To explain the nuances of life that a six and a half and a five and a half year old’s mind could grasp is a mammoth task in itself. Because every time their queries are answered, I’m not met with the Ooohh!!Now, I get it!…sometimes the puzzled expressions in their little faces says it all. Two inquisitive faces looking up expectantly at you, while you grope around desperately, ‘eerrming’ and ‘uumming’, to find the correct words that their young minds will understand…that is one tricky situation!

And it’s really amazing how fast their mindsets are changing…well, so are their queries. We usually try not to avid any of them and try to answer them as simply as we can. But they are growing…day by day they will have many more things they will want to know…hope we can still answer them in ways that they will “get it”! Touch wood!!

But, then, sometimes, their expressions leave no doubt about how they are feeling…like the time I offered them the following figgy bars to munch on…their eyes twinkled and it left no room for anything more to be said. I knew they were satisfied!

What’s needed-

3 C of whole wheat flour
1 c porridge oats
4 tblsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
6 tblsp plain yogurt
3/4 C olive oil
a few drops of vanilla essence
1 tsp salt

For the filling-

300 gms of dried figs, soaked in hot water for an hour
a handful of chopped nuts of choice

How to-

  1. Make a thick puree of the figs in a food processor with a few tblsp of water.
  2. Add the nuts and mix in. Keep aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, oats, soda and salt.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, oil and vanilla.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the yogurt mixture.
  6. Mix with the fingertips till everything comes together.
  7. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  8. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a baking tray.
  9. Divide the dough into 18 portions and shape each into a ball.
  10. Place each ball on a flat surface and pat them out into a circular shape of about 2mm in thickness (doesn’t matter if the edges are uneven).
  11. Spread a portion of the figgy mixture, leaving a space of about 1/2 cm around the edges.
  12. Lift one end and bring it to the middle; lift the other end and overlap the first to form a roll.Tuck the edges and seal by pinching the edges. Repeat for all the rest of the dough.
  13. Place them a little apart on the lined baking tray and bake in the centre of the pre heated oven for 18-20 minutes or till lightly browned on top ( the tops will also crack).
  14. Leave in the tray for a couple of minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing.

These bars have a crumbly crust and a crackling filling( courtesy the figgy seeds)… great to snack on. With forever hungry kids around, these bars are a real boon and keeps them going for a while. I adore figs, so I too was probably a bit more hungrier than usual :-)

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Richa March 26, 2008 at 8:00 pm

oh my! that last pic is a beauty!
lovely figgy ones ;)
btw, whole wheat flour u used is roti ka atta? i always hv this doubt in baking….lol


2 Kevin March 27, 2008 at 2:59 am

Bars stuffed with sweet figs and nuts…mmm… those sound really good!


3 Lisa March 27, 2008 at 3:07 am

I’m quite certain I would have no reason to concentrate on anything but these figgy delights if served these. Fantastic photos in addition to a perfect recipe.


4 Nags March 27, 2008 at 4:40 am

that looks just heavenly!
i love figs in anyting baked :)


5 accidental diva March 27, 2008 at 5:44 am

hey all the recipes that you post.Its so helpful for an amature cook like me.The fig surprise looks mouthwatering:)
I tried the capsicum chicken recipe the other day n’ it turned out husband hasn’t stopped raving about it:)

I plan to try the spicy chicken in coconut gravy recipe 2moro but had a doubt–by yellow pepper do u mean yellow capsicum???Can I substitute it with anything else??(my question may sound a little silly..but indulge me plz:):)


6 sunita March 27, 2008 at 8:53 am

richa,thanks dearie..and you’re right about the flour :-)


7 sunita March 27, 2008 at 8:54 am

kevin,they bars were really yumm…we loved them :-)


8 sunita March 27, 2008 at 8:55 am

lisa,thanks…glad you like them :-)


9 sunita March 27, 2008 at 8:57 am

nags,I love figs and some of them always find their way into my mouth :-D


10 sunita March 27, 2008 at 9:23 am

accidental diva,thanks and am glad to know that you have found my site useful.

…As for the yellow pepper(capsicum),you can try substituting it with other peppers, though each variety tastes different…but I’m sure that there is no harm in trying.


11 Suganya March 27, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Lucky ones, your kids are. Look at how their mother is treating ‘em with wholesome goodies.


12 musical March 27, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Great figgy surprise, Sunita! The las picture that with the filling smiling at us is a beauty! And it must be such a warm feeling to see the expressions of inquisitiveness on your childrens’ face…..just as warm a feeling that you get when you get that nod of approval from them about the delish goodies you make :) .


13 Anonymous March 28, 2008 at 1:16 am

They look so beautiful, great pics



14 Anonymous March 28, 2008 at 6:20 am

Hi Sunita,
Your site is delightfull! where do you get all these recipies from!!


15 Raaga March 28, 2008 at 8:04 am

I’d love to have one now please :-)

can I use quick cooking oats?


16 Anonymous March 28, 2008 at 9:40 am

Fig, whole wheat!!! Pics looks yummy! I have a basic question: Can I use a convection microwave for baking cookies? this may sound silly, I am a beginner…


17 Gretchen Noelle March 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm

These sound really delicious! I recently bough dried figs because I wanted to make “fig newtons.” I bought a bunch and maybe I will try this recipe as well. It looks sweet and delicious.


18 sunita March 28, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Suganya, but you know what they say about”ghar ka murgi…” :-D D


19 sunita March 28, 2008 at 10:28 pm

musical,thanks dear…their little faces have their own surprises :-)


20 sunita March 28, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Thanks :-)

Thanks…as for the recipes, some are ones that I grew up with, some inspirational,but most of them, dished up on the spur of the moment, and those are the ones I love the most :-)


21 sunita March 28, 2008 at 10:36 pm

raaga,thanks…you can use quick cooking oats, though I like the texture of the old fashioned ones better.


22 sunita March 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm

thanks..give it a try…I think they might come out alright.


23 sunita March 28, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Gretchen, thanks…do give these a try…will watch out for your “newtons” :-)


24 zlamushka March 29, 2008 at 11:58 am

Fabulous, Sunita.
I love the figgy filling. Everything looks so healthy…


25 Rachel March 30, 2008 at 4:11 am

the figgy surprise loks loely indeed! I would love to bite into the last pic :) …great recipe..


26 arundati April 6, 2008 at 12:29 pm

they look fab….i made the veggie crescents from your blog and they were a huge hit….will post soon…and this too is going to be made…fabulous!!


27 sunita April 7, 2008 at 10:22 am

Thanks..we did enjoy it a lot :-)


28 sunita April 7, 2008 at 10:23 am

Thanks…wish I could really hand over some :-)


29 sunita April 7, 2008 at 10:24 am

I have checked out your crescents…they have come out perfectly…glad you enjoyed them :-) …give these a try too :-)


30 Niv February 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Hi Sunita

I am trying to make this Figgy surprise and was looking at the other similar fig recipes on this page None of the other links are working. can you please see if the links are missing.



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