I have to admit, I love Fig Newtons. Love them. But now that I'm celiac (meaning I can't eat gluten or wheat products), Fig Newtons from the package don't love me.
HOWEVER, I figured out how to make a gluten-free Fig Newtons for GROWN-UPS that are so melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they're hard to beat. And I used...get this...cheese! Cottage cheese. Yep, cottage cheese!
Experimenting...isn't it fun? Trying out a new recipe? Trying out a combination of things that just might work...and they do?
Last Saturday, I had a craving for coffee cake. I had the basics in the cupboard...except, I realized I didn't have sour cream. Well, cottage cheese and cream make sour cream...don't they? Sort of. I substituted. [ I've become such a cheese-girl since I started writing A Cheese Shop Mystery series!!]
Then I looked on the door of my refrigerator, saw Dalmatia Fig Spread [found at grocery stores and at Dalmatia.com], and I thought, how can I incorporate this?
I decided that jam IN THE MIDDLE of the coffee cakemight be great.
I added extra brown sugar. [Note: Brown sugar makes everything better!] AND VOILA.
Fig Newtons for Grown-ups!
[Second note: the cake can be sort of gooey, but licking your fingers is acceptable when eating Fig Newtons.]
FIG NEWTONS FOR GROWN-UPS!
2 cups Pamela's Gluten-free baking mix
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. Gluten-free vanilla
2/3 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, large
1 cup sour cream OR 2/3 cup cottage cheese and 1/3 cup cream (milk)
1/2 cup fig spread
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
Powdered sugar for the top
Combine Pamela's mix, sugar, eggs, butter, milk, cheese, vanilla. Mix well.
Spread half of batter in an 8 x 8 greased pan.
Put dollops of fig spread on the batter.
Mix remaining sugars and spices. Sprinkle over fig spread.
Cover with remaining batter.
Bake 45-50 minutes.
Let cool for twenty minutes to "set".
Cut in 9 slices. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
BIG NOTE: This can be made with regular Bisquick and be just as delicious. It just won't be gluten-free!
Have a great week. I hope everyone is enjoying the new year, making goals, and keeping promises ! Love, laugh, believe.