Gettin' Figgy With It

Let the fig frenzy continue! With a bunch of figs on hand, I sort of forced myself into this fig frenzy. I had to find a way to use them all up! I used them in my Strawberry Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie and had been waiting to finish them off in these blondies!

Fresh figs, lots of brown sugar and butter and salted caramel. What could go wrong? Oh wait did I mention there is vanilla bean it it too? A recipe for success! I love a good blondie (more than brownies I must admit). With the addition of the fresh figs they honestly resemble the taste of a fig newton. The fig taste is strong which I love.

Salted Caramel Fig Blondies adapted from Hippopotamousse

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
2/3 cup flour
1 vanilla bean or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 figs, cut into 1/8ths
10 caramel squares
sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 square pan. 

Add the sugars and butter to an electric mixer and cream until fully combined, then beat in the egg. Sift in the flour and mix until incorporated. Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape the caviars from it with the back of your knife. Add in the vanilla beans. Take the bowl off the mixer and fold in the figs with a spatula. Spread the mixture out into your prepared pan.

In a microwave safe bowl melt the caramel squares and a few sprinkles of sea salt in 30 second intervals. Once your caramel is melted drizzle it over the top of your blondie batter. Sprinkle a few more shakes of sea salt over the top.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before you cut them!