Fig Biscuits

I often state on my blog I will adapt a recipe and make it again. However, this seldom happens as other recipes hit the top of the pile. But I loved the dough from my garibaldi biscuits and as soon as the craving hit, I made these fig biscuits. They were delicious and proved how adaptable the biscuit base is.

Fig Biscuits
Fig Biscuits
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For years I have had the same routine on a Wednesday. I head off to the Mall to do our weekly shopping. I park underground for a few reasons. In summer my car will be cool when I get back to it. And in winter I will not be affected by the rain. I also treat the outing as an excuse to get a good walk in as the round trip is 2km. I also used to like the Pick N Pay store as it is large, and well stocked. But for over a year now they have had staffing issues. No matter what time of the day I end up shopping, there are three cashiers on duty. I have watched other people abandon their trolleys and I have complained. And each time I have done so, the reason given has changed.

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Either there is no budget, or it is tea time, or better still, they don’t actually have enough staff members. All of which I find hard to believe. Last month however was the last time I stepped foot in the store. I needed 2 items, both of which I can get elsewhere. And with long queues at the normal checkout I headed for the express till. The lone cashier was dealing with someone who had stalled the operation for one reason or another. After an interminable wait I left my stuff on a counter and walked out. And I will not go back. For the next while I will shop elsewhere. And as soon as their opposition opens their store at the Mall I will be back. Does your local supermarket have staffing issues that affect you directly?

Fig Biscuits


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Fig Biscuits

The softer your dried figs are, the better
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 20 biscuits
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 300 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75 g erythritol
  • 10 g baking powder
  • 130 g butter, cubed
  • 100 mls milk, plus extra for glazing
  • 150 g dried figs, finely chopped
  • vanilla sugar for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Place the flour, erythritol and baking powder into a stand mixer bowl and use a beater to mix together
  • Add the butter and beat until the mixture resembles bread crumbs
  • Place the milk into a jug and with the machine running, slowly pour the milk mixture into the flour until a dough forms
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead to form a ball
  • Shape the ball into a rough rectangle then dust both sides with flour
  • Dust your rolling pin with flour and roll the dough out into a 4mm thick rectangle which should measure around 40cm x 30cm
  • With the shortest edge facing you, sprinkle the figs over the top half of the dough
  • Make sure the edges have currants on them before folding the bottom half of the dough over the top half
  • Line up the edges, flour your dough and rolling pin, and roll to a large rectangle, 4mm thick
  • Trim the edges of the dough * with a sharp knife then prick holes in the top surface of the dough using a fork
  • Slice the dough in half lengthwise, then each half into half, lengthwise
  • Slice each length into 6 slices, widthwise
  • Place the biscuits on a lined baking tray with a small gap between each one
  • Brush milk over the tops of the biscuits then sprinkle with the sugar
  • Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes
  • Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool completely


* I baked these 'scraps' with the biscuits

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13 thoughts on “Fig Biscuits

  1. oh yes I hear you about staffing at shops. It’s pretty shocking, and they don’t care. We always go to the real human tho as i refuse to do their work for them at the self-serve counter.

  2. The fig biscuits look so delicious. They remind me of our fig Newtons. I have noticed that our local mall Macys is very understaffed and for that reason I rarely shop there. Our supermarkets have installed lots of self check out to avoid that issue.

  3. No staffing issues here! They use a lot of young people who are attending college locally. I think that helps. Great looking biscuits! I love dried figs.

  4. Tandy, the treats look delicious.
    I hear you about the supermarket staffing. Everything here seems understaffed, from retail to plumbers, to healthcare people, to veterinarians.
    I hope your holiday was good. Hugs.

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