Thursday, May 1, 2014

Healthy Fig Newtons or Ka3b El-Ghazal

Fig Newtons, or Ka3b El-Ghazal, literally the heals of the deer has always been my absolute favourite. I remember my dad buying big portions of it from the bakery nearby and I just devoured them.
This recipe is much healthier less sweet and tastes of oranges and figs.. YUMMY!

They little bites taste better the day after, as the crust softens.

Oh and by the way the filling makes for the best fig marmalade that I have ever had.. blue cheese and crackers anyone?


2 dl soft dried figs
3 dl water
2 dl apple juice
1/2 dl dark brown sugar
juice of a small orange
1/2 orange grated zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger

1. Chop the figs roughly (the smaller you chop them the quicker they cook).
2. Add all the ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil while stirring.
3. Lower the heat to medium and stir every now and then so the fig marmalade would not get stuck to the bottom of the pot. This process should take from 30 to 45 mins.
4. Turn off the heat and either mix the marmalade in your kitchen machine or you can use a hand mixer till you have a smooth marmalade. Don't leave any clumps.


125 g butter cold, cut in small cubes
4 dl unbleached baking flour
1/2 dl dark brown sugar
1/2 orange grated zest
1 tsp pure vanilla powder
1 egg white
1 tbsp water

Egg Wash:

1 egg yellow
1 tsp water

1/2 dl pealed sesame seeds to sprinkle on top.

1. Mix all ingredients into a smooth dough.
2. Cut into two then roll out the dough about 3 - 5 mm thick.
3. Cut into rectangles as shown in the picture above.
4. Spread some of your marmalade in the middle of the rectangle.
5. Fold one side then with your finger brush some egg wash on the tip.
6. Fold the other side so that they barely touch.
7. Flip it around and spread some egg wash on top, then sprinkle the sesame seeds.
8. Cut with a knife into bite sized pieces and place on a baking sheet.
9. Bake in an oven 180 Celsius degrees for 15 minutes.


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