Virginia Feature: Oatmeal Fig Squares
Bring on the Holidays! Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. So it’s time to start planning your Holiday menu. Peppermint, gingerbread, chestnuts, and figs are just a few of the flavors that make the season bright. The scent and the taste of these Holiday delights bring back great memories of family gatherings from Holidays past. In my family, there were always candy canes on the mantle and plates of gingerbread cookies at the dessert table. The figs, however, were typically just used for decoration. They add a beautiful accent to any cheese tray or wreath, but they make an even better dessert!
Oatmeal Fig Squares are a sweet (and salty) way to add a modern twist to your Holiday menu. They are delicious little squares, loaded with lots of festive, “figgy” flavor. They can be eaten on the go, freeing up the other hand to wrangle your toddler. Or, they can be placed on a fancy plate with chantilly crème and a glass of sweet wine.
Best of all, Oatmeal Fig Squares are easy and fun to make with your little helper. My little one loved pressing down the oatmeal crust, and spreading the fig jam with her spatula. What a fun and tasty activity to do on a chilly winter day.
In preparation for the Holiday season this year, celebrate the frosty temps and twinkling lights with Oatmeal Fig Squares. Joyeuses fêtes and bon appétit!
- 1 3/4 Cups - Cold Salted Butter, cut into pieces
- 1 1/2 Cups - All-purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 Cups - Rolled Oats
- 1 Cup - Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon - Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon - Salt
- 1 12-16oz jar of Fig paste or Fig jam
- Preheat oven to 350˚ and butter a 9x13 or 8x10 baking dish. Line with parchment for ease of removal and clean up
- Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt
- Cut the butter into cubes and add to the dry mixture with a pastry cutter
- Pour half the mixture into the dish and press down firmly to create the bottom layer
- Spoon the fig paste over the pressed oat mixture
- Sprinkle the second half of the oat mixture over the top and pat down lightly
- Bake for 40 minutes, then let cool completely before cutting into squares
- Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and enjoy for dessert or an afternoon snack
Leigh is a Middle School Teacher of French and a Mom to a busy four year old. She loves to entertain family and friends, and prepare daily dishes for her husband and daughter. Leigh’s meals are often influenced by her mom’s love of cooking. Leigh also creates recipes based on her experiences of living and working in the south of France. She often uses food to provide authentic experiences for her students as well. On Fridays, it’s not uncommon to see her students making crèpes and sampling French “fromage,” as part of their lesson. Always inspired by fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, Leigh’s dishes are simple, tasty, and always made with her family in mind. Her daughter, now three, is an enthusiastic helper in the kitchen. A lover of mealtime with family and warm summer nights, Leigh is excited to share some of her favorite recipes. Follow Leigh on her Instagram account @arecipeforeveryseason