Friday, July 24, 2009

Fig and Blueberry Crisp

Fresh figs are not something we can easily get in Minnesota, they aren't very resistant to frost let alone subzero temperatures. So, when my dad told me they had a fig tree behind their house in Memphis that was just filled with figs & asked if I wanted any, my answer was, "Yes, lots please!"
I used about half to make jam but I wanted to do a dessert with some of the rest. Since my favorite fruit dessert is a crisp (and they are just a cinch to make) I decided on fig crisp.
Fig & Blueberry Crisp
My dad was afraid the flavor of the figs was too delicate for a crisp so I added some blueberries as well to bump up the flavor. This was the right move as the crisp may have been a little bland without them. The blueberries don't overpower the figs, they really compliment them, plus add some great color. I think you could also substitute other berries like raspberries or even strawberries & get a great combination.

Fig and Blueberry Crisp

6 T brown sugar, packed
3 T cornstarch
2 1/2 lbs very ripe figs, stemmed & halved
1 c blueberries
3/4 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c sugar
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
8 T unsalted butter, cold & cut into chunks

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix the brown sugar & cornstarch together. Toss the figs & blueberries in to coat. Spread in the bottom of a shallow 2 quart baking dish.

Mix the flour sugar, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg together. Add the butter & cut in to make a course meal. Sprinkle over the top of the fruit.

Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until the fruit is bubbly & the topping is browned. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Serves 6 - 8

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Kristina said...

Kat - that looks fantastic. We're eagerly waiting on the figs in our yard to get ripe!

Stacey Snacks said...

A girl after my own heart.
You know how I feel about figs.
Kat, what is the variety of your dad's figs?
They are not mission or kadota....they are so pretty and pinkish. I have not seen this variety in NJ.

grace said...

i find fruit desserts topped with slightly melted ice cream to be one of the best sources of food porn ever. your bottom shot is no exception--glorious creation!

kat said...

Stacy - We think those are celeste figs but aren't completely certain. I know you'd like this.

Tangled Noodle said...

That is a seriously good-looking dessert! I have never tasted fresh figs before, although I do have some dried figs waiting to be used. Any idea where it's most likely I might find some fresh figs in TC?

darnold23 said...

This looks delicious! Great idea with the blueberries. I love figs but don't have a very good source in my area. I tend to eat them all fresh as soon as I get htem:) I hope you will join me on Crock Pot Wednesdays. The information is up now on my blog.

Lori said...

This sounds wonderful! I saw your tweet earlier this week so it is exciting to see what you have done with them. I've never really experimented much with figs. There is a dessert pizza popular here that has figs on it and it is really tasty.

Ashley said...

What a wonderful combination! I've never had figs in a crisp before - yum :)

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

Oooh, fresh figs. . .drooling. . .

Alicia Foodycat said...

That looks beautiful! I totally agree with Grace about the melting icecream food porn.

Lori said...

Oh man! I am so jealous. I would so love lots and lots! My brother in Knoxville has a fig tree but it is still young. A little fruit but not that much. At least he gives me a jar or two of jam though! And I covet it.

Jen said...

Those figs are gorgeous.

Maris said...

This sounds like the perfect way to enjoy figs. I love fig spread on bread with brie but you know I'd never pass up a dessert like this!

Peter M said...

How timely...I'll be eating fresh figs off of trees in Greece. Figs in a crisp...hell yeah!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! I am going to try it right away as I am happily drowning in figs at the moment. I even have fig ice cream to top it! My family knows I get a little crazy this time of year. BTW,if your figs are on the smallish side they may be Brown Turkey.

Anonymous said...

Yuh-hu-hummy. I used blackberries instead of blueberries and it gave just the right tartness. Oh, I also used yellow cake mix with melted butter drizzled on top for the "crisp" part. I think some people call this dump cake. Anyway, it's delish. Thanks for the inspiration!

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