Fig Crumble Bars
Use one batch of dough for both the crust and streusel topping in this energizing, fruit-packed favorite that'll satisfy a sweet tooth.
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 8 ounces dried Calimyrna figs (about 1 1/2 cups), stems removed
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan; line bottom and two sides with a strip of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang. Butter paper; set pan aside.
In a food processor, pulse together 2 cups flour and 1 cup sugar. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer half of mixture to prepared pan; with lightly floured fingers, press firmly into bottom. Set aside. Shape remaining mixture into large, moist clumps; transfer topping to a bowl, and set aside. Wipe food processor bowl clean.
Make filling: In food processor, blend figs, apple juice, lemon zest, and remaining 2 tablespoons each flour and sugar until a thick paste forms.
Using a small offset spatula or table knife, spread filling over crust. Sprinkle with topping. Bake until topping is golden brown, 60 to 65 minutes.
Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool completely. Using paper overhang, lift crumble from pan, and transfer to a cutting board; cut into 20 bars.