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Figs, Glorious Figs!

March 16, 2013

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This post was typed about 3 weeks ago now and with our harvests all coming on at once, it was forgotten about (terribly sorry). We are now well and truly in that peak ‘fig’ season stage and are picking alot of figs each week. You could say that we are back to that time of year where we are a bit over figs!
Our oven is still on the blink as mentioned below (aaaahhhhhh) so the fig tart has still not happened. But we have been enjoying more of the fresh figs instead!
We are expecting some visitors to the farm this week so I am making another batch of the below; ‘no cook’ fig slice.

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26/2/2013

Over the last week we have had some signs that our second crop of figs is finally coming on! We have had the odd fig ripening up and even managed to pull two trays off the trees. To give everyone an idea we get approx 30 trays a week during the peak weeks in the season! So this definately indicates the start of fig season for us! The Black Genoa’s are showing the most promise at the moment. The White Adriatic figs are coming behind slowly as usual, but we do not have too many of those and the yield is never as high either! The Brown Turkish have been quite slow over the last couple of seasons and always have a shorter season than both the black and the white. So we will have to see what hapens with the weather over the coming weeks and keep our fingers crossed for a good season!

As we did only pick a few this week, the majority went in to our local store A Slice of Orange in Orange. A small container did make its way home though. Unfortunately our oven has been on the blink for about a week now, so the planned and tested fig tart usually made with the season opener figs was not possible. After some reading and research I came across a version of this no bake chocolate and fig slice! I was going to swap the pistachios for some local hazelnuts but had the pistachios already in the cupboard. So in the end I went for a pistachio and hazelnut mix.

Recipe:

400gms dark cooking chocolate, chopped

250ml (1 cup) thickened cream

200g plain biscuits, coarsely chopped

400gms figs, coarsely chopped

150g raisins

125g unsalted pistachio’s (or any other nuts you would like to use)

Line a slice pan with non-stick baking paper

Combine the cream and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until mixture is smooth.

Add the remainging ingredients and stir until well combined. Place mixture in to slice pan/tin and use the back of a spoon to press the mixture and smooth the surface. Place in the fridge until firm, approx 4hrs.

Serve as desired!

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