Made some gluten free/dairy free fig/date rolls. Figgie Figgie Figgie, can't you see?
So these guys are cute. Wicked easy to make the filling & the dough, a little tricky to put all together and bake. I liked this recipe because it's nostalgic. Instantly brought me back to 3rd grade snacking on a line of Fig Newtons when I got home from school.
A little history on the fig newton revealed that Fig Newton brand was one of the first commercially sold cookies (started in 1891) & was named after a town here in MA! Newton!
They were fun to make, and whoever you give them to will be sure to feed into the nostalgia too. You might have to put a NPP (newtons per person) limit out there. That may help spread the love. My dad had like 10 and this recipe only makes about 18-22 newtons.
DOUGH 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups of Gluten free flour/Almond flour/Oat Flour . (I used 1 1/4 cups Gluten Free Flour - 1 cup Almond)
1 1/4 Cups of Vegan Butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar or coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of honey
a lil bit of orange zest if you're feelin' a zest for life
1 tablespoon of orange juice (freshly squeezed is key)
3 large egg yolks (farm free ONLY)
2 1/2 cups of Figs/Dates - I used a combo because its what I had in the house!
1/3 cup of applesauce
1/2 of a orange
Combine vegan butter, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, & zest in a bowl and cream together. (Can use strong arm & a whisk or the paddle attachment on your kitchen aid. I was lazy so I used the k'aid).
Once its smooth and creamy, add the orange juice and yolks.
Beat again until smooth.
Put the flour in and mix again until combined. Once the dough is in a ball, knead it with more flour and wrap it in some saran wrap and let rest in the fridge for a bit.
While your dough is resting, take out the food processor and start whipping up the filling. Add all figs, dates, applesauce & orange all at once. Ensure you squeeze the orange, because the liquid makes it a bit easier to process into a soft texture.
(The filling is where you can get creative. Add some blueberries! Apples! Cinnamon! Raspberries! Get after it.
Once it's processed and soft, scoop it into a ziplock bag and put it in the fridge. At this moment, put on The Office for 22 min, watch an epi
After some laughs and some time for the dough/filling to relax, take the dough and filling out of the fridge and flour your countertop.
Knead the dough for a bit and roll out into a large rectangle. Be sure you add flour as needed because the dough will be extra sticky. The vegan butter is harder to work with in these situations so it took me a while to roll this out just right. Once the rectangle is about 14"/14", cut the dough into 3" by 14" strips.
Now take the filling and pipe long lines down the strips of dough. Work quickly because as the dough gets warmer, it gets more difficult to work with. Take special care with piping and be sure to leave about an 3/4 to an inch on each side so you are able to fold the sides over the filling. Once the edges are folded use your fingers to pinch and seam the dough to hold it together.
Place the large log seam side down on a baking sheet. Proceed to do this about 4 more times. Place the four logs on the baking sheet and put in 350 degree oven for about 18 minutes. I usually put 10 min on the clock and check as I go.
Once baked, pull out of the oven and immediately cut into 2/3" sections.
NOW... In order to get the fig rolls soft in texture, they need to go directly into a tupperware to cool. So instead of eating them directly out of the oven (still an option), once all are cut, place immediately in a container, being careful to place paper towels in between layers, and close the lid.
Basically the steamy cookies will create condensation on the plastic container & through osmosis (probably) & the water will hydrate the dough & create that true fig newton soft texture. **they're still fantastic warm**
For optimal Fig Newton texture - wait overnight -- not even opening the lid under any circumstances.
(I found this extremely difficult to do and consumed them after 30 minutes.) The longer you wait, the more soft they become.
Best of luck my friends - be sure to reach out with questions/comments! XO
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