Fresh Fig Bars

Presented by: Paula Nemzek from KCTS 9 Cooks

Makes 24 Bars



  • 2 baskets ripe fresh figs, any kind or color, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, about 1/2 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened to almost melting
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats


Trim stem ends (and blossom ends if necessary) from figs, and coarsely chop. In a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stir figs, lemon juice and sugar together. Cook until mixture is thick and reduced to about 2 cups, approximately 45 minutes. Chill uncovered until cool, about 1 hour, or cover and chill up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter sides and bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. For the crust, in a bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Stir into butter mixture, or cut together with 2 knives to make a crumbly dough.

Press half the dough evenly over the bottom of prepared pan. Spread cooled fig mixture evenly over dough. Crumble remaining dough evenly over fig mixture; pat lightly.

Bake until top is lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Place pan on a rack to cool for about 10 minutes and, while still warm, cut into 24 bars. Let cool completely in pan before serving.


Thanks, will buy some figs and try this. Hopefully they will turn out ok. I will report back the results soon :)

I enjoy your chefs programs and all thate programs that KCTS Public TV provides for our viewing. I personally have 2 Fig trees and do my own fig preserves. Always want to learn more recipes for figs.

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