Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fig Rolls

This is a great snack to munch on and very good with a cup of tea. Very easy and simple to make. Found this yummy treat in one of Reader's Digest's book of recipes, "Baking With Love". 

The recipes states that the dough is to be rolled to a rectangle of 20x6 inches in size. I only managed to roll it to about 16x6in, as I feel that rolling it further will result in a very thin dough, and am afraid that it might break when I fold in over the filling. I used salted butter, as I think that it gives a better taste to the dough. Of course,  a little salt may be added if unsalted butter is used.

The sweetness is just right as the fig is already sweetened, so there was no need for additional sugar in the filling.

I enjoyed this with a cup of warm tea.  

Fig Rolls
(adapted from "Baking With Love" by Reader's Digest)
Makes 20
125gm (1 cup/4-1/2 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
110gm (3/4 cup/3-3/4 oz) plain wholemeal (all-purpose whole-wheat) flour
160gm (2/3 cup/5-1/2 oz) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
65gm (1/3 cup/2-1/4 oz) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (extract)
2 egg yolks
250gm (1-1/3 cups/9 oz) ready-to-eat dried figs, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice (I use only 1-1/2 tbsps)

  1. Use a large baking tray; grease. Sift flours into a mixing bowl, tipping in any bran left in the seive. Rub in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, vanilla essence and egg yolks; mix to a firm dough; add 1-2 tsp water, if needed. Combine ingredients in a food processor, if preferred. Wrap in cling wrap; chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Place figs and 6 tbsp water in a small, heavy-based pan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes or until figs have plumped up slightly and absorbed the water. Transfer to a bowl and mash lightly with a fork to break up the pieces. Stir in lemon juice and leave to cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 190C (375F, gas mark 5). Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a rectangle 50x15cm(20x6 in). Cut dough in half lengthwise to make 2 strips.
  4. Spoon half the the mashed figs evenly along each strip, close to one of the long sides. Bring the opposite long side up and over the filling to form a log shape; press edges of dough together to seal.
  5. Slightly flatten each of the logs. Using a sharp knife, cut each log into 10 even pieces and transfer to the baking tray. Prick each piece several times with a fork. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is slightly darkened in colour.
  6. Transfer fig rolls to a wire rack to cool. They can be kept in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Do not mix them with other cookies or they may soften.
(my notes : It took about 25 minutes for the fig rolls to brown)


  1. Thanks for taking the time to post all of this. Very nice. Looks yummy.

  2. These slices look very delicious. I like the chew of the dried figs inside these flaky pastries. Yum!

  3. What a delightful treat..perfect bake!

    US Masala

  4. These fig rolls look scrumptious! A wonderful treat to have with tea or coffee!

  5. Wonderful rolls, feel like having some with a cup of coffee..

  6. It looks like the perfect snack for a school lunch box :-)

  7. Wow sounds yummy...what a great recipe!

  8. My friend
    Very nice rolls !!!
    Congratulations !!!
    Warm regards

  9. Oh yum Joy, these are like Fig Newtons which I grew up on and still absolutely love! Thank you so much for sharing again with Cookbook Sundays. I hope you're having a great week and have an even better weekend!

  10. Love figs and these look specially yummy! gloria

  11. i though this is pretty interesting as i hardly come across baking with figs! have a nice weekend!

  12. Hi The Happy Whisk ~ Thank you for stopping by my blog and for following too. Hope you'll drop by again. Have a lovely weekend!

    Hi Zoe ~ Yes, the fig is lovely with the flaky pastry. Thank you for visiting.

    Hi aipi ~ Thank you for your kind comment!

    Hi Marguerite ~ I enjoyed this with a cup of warm Earl Grey tea! Really good! Have a nice weekend.

    Hi Priya ~ this would be nice with coffee too, I prefer black coffee with this.

    Hi Alessandra - A good idea for a lunch box snack!

    Hi Duxa ~ Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad I found this great recipe. Have a great weekend.

    Hi Magda ~ Thank you! Have a lovely weekend.

    Hi Brenda ~ These does look similar to Fig Newton! (I google for Fig Newton!). It is great linking up to Cookbook Sundays! You have a lovely weekend too.

    Hi Gloria ~ Thank you!

    Hi lena ~ I love these Fig Rolls. Will be making again soon, as that first batch I made, I've given to my nephew! Have a lovely weekend too.

  13. Yummy! I think you made the right call with the dough. Looks lovely and fluffy, not thin at all. Thanks for sharing!

  14. These look so unbelievably delicious. My mouth is watering looking at your pictures. Wonderful!

  15. Wow, I bet it tasted great, looks absolutely perfect.

  16. Thanks for the great welcome. I will be by many more times. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the world, as well. Have a yummy day.

  17. Those fig rolls would be a huge hit in my family!

  18. Wow, your fig rolls look delicious. Great at anytime :-)

  19. Hi Joy,
    The Fig Rolls are just awesome. The filling is just perfect. I sure do wish that I had some of it right now it is a great recipe.Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  20. wonderful rolls....looks very delicious !

  21. These are gorgeous! They look much better than fig newtons- I'm hoping I can find some dried figs soon so I can make these!

  22. Joy...I absolutely love your have an awesome blog.....there's an award waiting for you in my space...plz accept it

  23. wowww.... i havent seen this in anyone's blog.. gr8 idea.. looks so crusty with creamy centre

  24. Hi Parsley Sage,
    I love the pastry, it is flaky and soft, a perfect match with the figs. Thank you!

    Hi carolinaheartstrings,
    Thank you for dropping by and your lovely words.

    Hi Malar Gandhi,
    Yes, this is a lovely roll to have for tea time and anytime of the day. I've really enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend.

    Hi The Happy Whisk,
    Nice to see you here. Looking forward to see you again. Have a lovely weekend!

    Hi Angie,
    These rolls are a hit with my family!

    Hi Juliana,
    These are indeed great anytime. Perfect for tea, as these are not overly sweet at all, my kind of snack!

    Hi Miz Helen,
    It is always a joy to link to Full Plate Thursday! I will definitely be back linking with more recipes! Have a great weekend.

    Hi Only Fish Recipes,
    Thank you for the award! And for your kind words too! Have a great weekend!

    Hi scrambledhenfruit,
    I have not seen or heard about Fig Newton before, when Brenda commented, I goggled for it. It does look similar, I wonder does this taste similar as well? All I know is, I really like this rolls! Have a great weekend.

    Hi Lena,
    The pastry is really flaky with a soft crumby crumb. Really good with the fig filling. Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

  25. I love your recipes!!
    i pick up one of them:)
    Have a nice week end barbara

  26. So many great fig recipes recently. Delicious and sweet. It looks a lot like these commercial pop-tarts without the icing.

  27. Oh, I forgot... for the poach egg, yes, I use cling film, any plastic wrap would work as long it is heat-resistant

  28. These sound fabulous and looks delish, Joy!
    Have a beautiful weekend!
    Blessings, Catherine

  29. I love the fig rolls but the store variety, never tried to make it at home. glad to find your blog. loved the recipe. will follow

  30. I just joined your blog and so far Ilike all I see...

  31. These look like Fig Newton cookies, which my kids love. I'll have to try this recipe. I'm sure homemade is much better!

  32. Una receta de lujo,deliciosa,un dulce que me encanta,una receta especial,abrazos y cariños.

  33. Hi Barbara,
    Thank you. Hope you enjoy it! You have a lovely weekend too.

    Hi Victor,
    Thank you for the feedback on the plastic! Enjoy your weekend!

    Hi Catherine,
    Thank you! You have a lovely weekend too!

    Hi saffronstreaks,
    This recipe is really easy to do. Give this a try! Thank you for visiting and for following too. Will visit you right after this!

    Hi Norma,
    Thank you for your lovely words and for following too. Will visit you too right after this! Have a lovely weekend.

    Hi Danelle,
    I have not tried Fig Newton before, but I do like these very much. Give this a try, I'm sure that your kids would like it. Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend.

    Hi Rosita,
    Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely weekend.

  34. Perfect looking fig rolls. Apt for my son's tiffin pack

    Hamaree Rasoi

  35. These are a wonderful snack, especially to send with the kidddos to school. I have a similar version that is wonderful. I really like how you rolled your dough and that there's no sugar!

  36. I love figs so these cookies are my kind of treat for sure :o) I think this recipe would work really well with a date filling too. I love dates, especially Medjool dates :o)

  37. a perfect perfect snack! and i love figs, and am always trying to find new ones! this is another one for my 'must do' list :)