Figs, Figs and More Figs!

by jerseygirl on September 22, 2009 · 29 comments

One of my neighbors happened to give me two great big bags of figs. Yes, lucky me! They were ripe and right off the tree so I couldn’t resist to just eat about five right away. Take a look at these beautiful fruits.

I then decided to make a nice salad with romaine lettuce, sliced figs, crumbled blue cheese and a cranberry vinagrette dressing. I cheated and used Trader Joe’s brand but it was a fabulous salad.

Then it was time for dessert. I went with a pear and fig galette. It sounds so complicated but was so easy to make. I just rolled out some pie crust, layed down the filling , tucked the sides over, brushed the dough with egg wash and baked. Here is is half way through the process.

When I say I rolled pie crust, I literally rolled it right out of the Pillsbury box. Sad to admit, but I can’t make pie crust. I am sure I have mentioned  this cooking weakness before. If anyone would like to give me some pie crust making tips, I will gladly take them. Or you can come to my house and give me pie lessons. I will gladly repay you by making you dinner.

Or I can give you a fig tip. Did you know you can freeze figs? As long as they are not bruised, place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once they are frozen, store them in plastic freezer bags. Defrost them and they will be ripe and ready to eat. Enjoy!

Pear and Fig Galette

1 premade pie crust (or home made crust)
2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
8 to 10 figs, sliced
1 egg, beaten
2 TBS turbinado sugar (you can substitute regular sugar if necessary)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lay the pie crust on the cookie sheet in a large circle. Mix together the pears, sugar and cinnamon. Spread the pears in the middle of the crust leaving a 2 inch border. Top the pears with the figs. Sprinkle the figs with the Turbinado sugar. Fold the sides of the crust over and brush the dough with the egg wash. Bake the galette for 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden and fruit is cooked. Cool slightly before serving.

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ChefDruck September 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Great tips on freezing the figs! I'm cracking up about your post because I was literally going to blog about the strawberry and fig custard tart I made this weekend today. At the last minute I changed it to mashed potatoes. But I was also going to talk about how I stink at rolling out pie crust! Yours looks way better than mine though.

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Chef Jeena September 23, 2009 at 6:28 am

Wow lucky you getting all of those figs and what a fabulous recipe you baked with them. This is very impressive Lisa I would love a slice yummy!

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Jo September 23, 2009 at 9:53 am

wow does that galette look amazing! Yum!

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kat September 23, 2009 at 10:07 am

Oh, thanks for the freezing tip. I'll remember that next year when my parents give me tons of figs from their tree

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That Girl September 23, 2009 at 10:12 am

I'm not always a fan of dried figs, but I LOVE them fresh!

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Emaline September 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Awesome Lisa! I am jealous! I need a neighbor with a fig tree! I love what you did with them!

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The Food Hunter September 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm

thanks for the tip…I had no idea you could freeze figs.

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jelly September 23, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I love the fig salad…I wouldn't mind having one of those for lunch today at work!! 🙂

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The Blonde Duck September 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Figilicious!

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The Japanese Redneck September 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Mine made early this year. It's a race between me and the birds. We're about 50/50 on who gets the figs.

Ramona

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Mary September 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm

This looks really luscious. The gallette is beautiful. What a great way to use figs.

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teresa September 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm

sad as it is to admit this, i have never even tried a fig. everything looks so lovely though!

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Sassy September 24, 2009 at 9:19 am

I'm so jealous you get free figs, I have to buy mine! I just made a fig crumble, it was delicious. Check it out: http://www.sassydining.com

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Juliana September 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Wow, nice neighbor…wish had one around us 🙂 The fig and pear galette looks so yummie…and the salad with the fresh figs must be a really nice treat! Great pictures as well 🙂

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Leslie September 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Can I borrow your neighbor for some figs!!???

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Katrina September 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I had never had a fig in my life until last Friday when we went to a cooking demo dinner prepared by a couple of local chefs and the dessert was a fig crostata (galette). Looked just like yours (minus the pears). The chef gave us a great crust recipe that she easily made in a food processor. (If you want the recipe, let me know.)
Now my goal is to try a fresh fig–soon!

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Antonietta September 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I LOVE figs! Thanks for the delicious galette recipe!

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Robin Sue September 25, 2009 at 5:57 am

Wow you really scored on this one, what a nice neighbor! The gallette looks beautiful and the figs with the pears sounds heavenly!

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Shannon September 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

oh my gosh! look at all those figs!!! jealous 🙂

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Pam September 25, 2009 at 11:15 am

Oh my – the galette looks simply amazing.

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Dawn September 25, 2009 at 11:46 am

oh my goodness aren't you a lucky duck! oh how I would love to make some more figgy jam or even try my hand at homemade fig newtons.
Love the pizza Lisa!

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Debbie September 25, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I love figs Lisa. I have a fig tree but it hasn't produced really big juicy figs yet…send me some of the ones in the pic please!

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Kerstin September 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm

What a gorgeous fig tart! What nice neighbors!

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Pots and Pins September 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I had no idea you could freeze figs! Thanks for that tip – I'm going to buy a ton today at the market and do just that! After I eat my share and make your fig tart, that is! xo, Nan

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Fresh Local and Best September 27, 2009 at 9:07 pm

You are so lucky! Thanks for the tip on freezing figs!

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Stacey Snacks September 28, 2009 at 9:35 am

and you didn't dedicate this post to me?????

I bought every last fig in September at the farmers' market and just froze them in ziploc bags.
I plan on making some winter stews with them!
I will miss them for a whole year.

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HoneyB September 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

YUM!~ I'm so jealous. I never see fresh figs in the markets here!

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Esme September 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

I so love figs-have you tried baking them with bacon and goat cheese-I have a recipe for that on my blog.

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Shaila October 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

I made this galette yesterday, exactly as written, and it was delicious. We have a fig tree in our yard, and it did very well this year, so I am looking for good recipes. Thank you for sharing!

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