Although I am sad to see summer go, I am happy to welcome fall and the wonderful fall fruits and flavors that come with it. One of my family’s favorite jewels of autumn is the fig. Figs are so under-appreciated here in the US, but for those of us from the Middle East and Mediterranean, we know and adore the beautiful fig. And if you are lucky to sample fresh figs, then you really are in for a treat.
Figs are jam-packed with fiber and are a terrific source of energy. They are naturally sweet and oh so delicious. Remember the Fig Newton cookie? I sure do! We always had a pack in the house when I was a kid.
Don’t know what to do with figs?
Well, there are countless ways to enjoy a fig, whether fresh or dried. Today I am sharing a super easy dessert you can make with figs. I wrapped figs stuffed with walnuts & raisins with strips of puff pastry. Dust them powdered sugar or drizzle them with a touch of honey and you have an elegant yet simple dessert to show off to your guests.
Why all this fig talk?
Over 40 chefs will show off their fig creations during the Chef’s Fig Challenge. Displays and booths from several local artisans, businesses, and a Les Dames Pavilion will be offering book signings and tasty fig treats. Meet chefs and wine artisans from the “Taste of Baja” and experience the cross border food and wine explosion of the Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada and Tijuana. Bring your friends and family for a great Sunday afternoon of extraordinary wines, culinary delights, and fig-friendly samples. You’ll also be entertained by the amazing music of the Teagan Taylor Trio. Portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Olivewood Gardens, St. Vincent De Paul, Culinary Arts Program, the San Diego Public Market Kitchen Project and culinary scholarships/grants.
I will be there with Mary/California Greek Girl and my other food blogging friends to share some olive oil treats along with fig munchies.
For more information and tickets please visit the Fig Fest San Diego website.
And check what other food bloggers are doing with their figs for our Fig Fest Blog-Hop!
Disclosure: The California Fig Commission supplied the figs for this recipe. I was not compensated in any other way to write this post. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!