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Monday, January 16, 2017

Fig Newton Day

Fig Newtons have been around for 125 years. Fig Newtons first appeared in 1891. Fig Newtons were named after Newton Mass. not Sir Isaac Newton.

However, alert this may startle you a bit!!! While the cookie now comes in a great amount of fruit filling the fig flavor is still available but the stigma is leaving. The word "Fig" has been removed. The problem is that the "fig" has a bad reputation. Many think of it as geriatric food it also reminds many of prunes. We all know what prunes have a tendency to make someone do.

Be sure to visit the Fig Newton page to find some great recipes
Speaking of recipes why not a copycat recipe:
1 lb. dried figs or 2 lbs. fresh figs
1 C. sugar
1 C. water for dried figs; 1/2 C. for fresh figs
1/2 C. butter, room temperature
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 Tbs. cream or milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 3/4 C. flour

Dice figs and soak in water 1 hour.

Add sugar & cook on medium heat until of thin jam consistency.

Beat sugar, butter, egg, milk & vanilla until well blended.

Add dry ingredients.

Mix well and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Place 1/2 of the dough on well floured dough cloth; knead about 6 times.

Roll out to 1/4" thick and plcce in a 13 x 9" glass dish; cover with figs. 
  1. Roll remaining dough and place over the figs.

Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Let cool and cut into squares.

So tell me what do you think about the fig newton?? I grew up with them and still enjoy them. Have you tried the flavored ones?? Which one is your favorite

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