You asked for it: Fig cookies from the Boston-baked scene
By ANNE LONG
Shirley Wall asked for the recipe for two-crust fig cookies that are popular in Boston. Joyce Von Horn has just the thing.
Shape the dough into a long roll and refrigerate. Cut the chilled dough into thin slices, spoon on a bit of fig filling and top with another slice of dough.
Crimp the edges and bake.
Debbie Anderson's recipe, from a 1998 issue of Family Circle, is for fig roll-up cookies. Spread the fig mixture on rolled-out dough and fold the dough over the filling. Top the baked bars with a tangy lemon drizzle.
Alleene Geisler shares her bean soup recipes with Bill Sutton. Alleene used to mix her own dried bean mixture and then put the mixture in small plastic Christmas trees. She would include the recipe with the gifts. Alleene notes that bean mixtures can be purchased now, but that was not the case in the 1980s.
Orange pound cake baked in a loaf pan is the recipe Filomena DelFarno wants. Nancy Eggert has just the recipe, and it produces two cakes.
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For: Shirley Wall of Hernando
Two-Crust Fig Cookies
Filling: In a saucepan, combine and cook figs, sugar and water until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add nuts.
Dough: Combine shortening, margarine, sugars and egg. Add blended mixture of flour, soda and salt. Shape into a long roll. Wrap in waxed paper. Chill several hours. Cut into about 1/8-inch slices. Place half about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Place 1/2 teaspoon filling on each cookie. Top with another cookie and crimp sides with a fork.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
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From: Debbie Anderson of Oldsmar
Christmas Figgy Roll-Ups
Mix flours, baking soda and salt in medium-size bowl.
In another bowl, beat together butter and 1 cup sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and add vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture. Divide dough in half; wrap each half in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Using on-and-off pulses, chop figs in food processor. Combine with remaining 1/3 cup sugar, the water and lemon rind in medium-size saucepan. Cook over low heat 5 minutes. Let cool.
On lightly floured surface, roll out half of dough into 16- by 8-inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise into two strips, each 16 by 4 inches.
Place about 1/2 cup of fig mixture evenly down center of each strip, lengthwise. Fold sides of dough over filling; press edges together to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cut each bar in half crosswise. Transfer, seam side down, to ungreased baking sheet. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
Bake bars in 375-degree oven for 16 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned. While still warm, cut bars into 1-inch cookies. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Sift confectioners' sugar into medium-size bowl. Stir in lemon juice until smooth and good drizzling consistency. Divide into three equal portions; color one red, one green and leave the third white. Drizzle over bars. Makes 32 bars.
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For: Bill Sutton of Clearwater
Country Bean Soup
Rinse beans, then soak overnight. Drain and return to pot with 2 quarts fresh water. Add half the ham, plus the onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 2 to 21/2 hours, or until beans are tender.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer an additional 30 minutes.
Note: The ham may be omitted, but seasoning may need to be adjusted. Beef or chicken can be substituted.
Nine Bean Soup
Wash bean mix; place in Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans and soak overnight. Drain beans; add 2 quarts water and next four ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 11/2 hours or until tender. Add remaining ingredients; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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For: Filomena DelFarno of Spring Hill
Orange Pound Cake
In large bowl, combine sugar and butter; beat until well blended. Add eggs, cream, lemon peel, orange peel and salt; mix well. Gently fold flour into butter mixture. Pour half of batter into each of two greased 9- by 5-inch loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 25 minutes. Loosen edges with metal spatula; remove from pans. Place upright on wire racks; cool completely. Makes 2 loaves.
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