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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fresh Fig Pie or Tart

I had a bunch of ripe fresh brown turkey figs
and wanted to make a fresh fig pie with them.
Being very culinary creative and remembering
that Fig Newton cookies taste really good if
you brown the cookies a bit in melted butter.
I came up with this fresh fig pie / tart recipe.

Using Fig Newton cookies for the bottom crust,
a jar of fig preserves in a ripe figs filling.
If you like figs your going to love this pie.
The Fig Newton cookies get all buttery crisp,
while the fresh fig filling is sweet and dreamy.
I serve this with some fresh whipped cream.
A touch of bourbon would put this over the top.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Fig Newton cookies
12 fresh figs
1 cup fig preserves
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 9" ready pie crust

Melt butter and place in the bottom of a 9" pie plate.
Line the bottom of the pie plate with Fig Newton cookies,
flat side down and also around the side of the plate.
Remove the stems from the fresh figs and cut in half,
place in a bowl with fig preserves, egg, lemon juice,
vanilla, brown sugar, corn starch and cinnamon.

Mix well and pour this fig mixture over the Newton's.
Place a Ready made pie crust over to make a top crust.
Cut a few slits in the top crust to vent the steam.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 80 minutes.
Remove and let cool before serving with ice cream.

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