This cocktail may be a bit more involved than your typical Cinco de Mayo drinks but it’s absolutely worth it! Plan ahead because you’ll need to soak the Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs in mezcal for a week until they are nice and plump and the mezcal has taken on their figgy flavor. The good news? The fig-infused mezcal lasts for up to a month, so once the waiting is over, you’ll have sweet, smoky, gingered fig margaritas to sip on all month long, or at least until the mezcal runs out.
The fig margarita recipe below is served on the rocks, but you could easily make this a blended margarita by combining all ingredients in a blender instead of a shaker with 2 cups of ice. Blend until ice is slushy and enjoy!
1cup (5 ounces)Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission California Figs, stemmed and sliced
3tablespoonspeeled and chopped fresh ginger
Juice of 1 lime
Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission California Figs
Make Fig-Infused Mezcal
Combine figs and mezcal in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Seal and leave at room temperature to infuse for 1 week.
Pour into a blender, blend until figs are completely puréed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all mezcal. You should have about 1 cup of Fig-Infused Mezcal.
Use right away or keep in a tightly-sealed container for up to a month at room temperature.
Make Ginger Syrup
Combine all the ingredients for the ginger syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk to dissolve the sugar and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep until cool. Strain out the ginger.
Use right away or keep in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Make Fig Margaritas
Rub a lime or orange wedge on the rim of a cocktail glass. Dip in coarse salt and fill glass with ice.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Fig-Infused Mezcal, Ginger Syrup, and lime juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with a California Dried fig, an orange wedge and a lime wedge. ¡Salúd!
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Imagine sausage bisquits in a breakfast casserole and you get a sneak peek of what you’re in for! Tiny flaky bisquits line the top edges of a sausage egg bake with mission figs. The Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs add complementary sweetness to the pork sausage with earthy herbs, tarragon and rosemary. If you don’t eat pork, swap in ground turkey and add 1 teaspoon ground sage to the skillet.
This hearty sausage egg bake makes a great main dish during holiday mornings, long weekends, or even just a leisurely weekend brunch. A few cooking hacks if you like to prep ahead or look for shortcuts: you can make biscuit dough a day ahead, cut or not—just cover with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out. You can also brown the sausage and cook it with the figs a day ahead too. Just warm it up before assembling the casserole. Also, if you’d prefer to use shredded cheese, go for it—we like pockets of melted cheese of the small cubes. Use Monterey Jack if white cheddar isn’t available.
1 1/2cups (10 oz)Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, stemmed
1(8 oz) blockwhite cheddar cheese, small dice
4green onions, greens only, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a casserole dish. Whisk eggs with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and milk in a bowl.
Make biscuit dough: mix flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, and baking powder in a bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture to the size of peas and almonds. Stir in cream until just combined. Gather dough into a ball. Roll out from the middle in all directions until 1/2-inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, slice into 1-inch squares. Place in refrigerator to chill while making sausage.
Pulse the figs in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Brown sausage. Stir in figs with rosemary, tarragon, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, cooking over medium low for 3 minutes.
Reserve about 1/4 cup of biscuit squares and cheese. In the casserole dish, scatter remaining biscuit squares, sausage, figs, cheese, and green onions, layering different morsels on top of one another. Pour eggs over casserole, nudging a few cheese cubes and arrange biscuit pieces around rim.
Bake for 55 minutes. Cover with foil around the 45 minute mark, once biscuits look golden and cheese is melted to continue cooking sausage egg bake until set and not jiggly. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting into it.
Matzoh—flat, cracker-like bread—is the traditional food for the Jewish holiday of Passover, when Jews are forbidden to eat bread or other leavened foods. One of the most delicious and indulgent ways to dress up plain matzoh is to drench it in buttery toffee and rich chocolate. This is a beloved tradition among Passover dessert recipes that Jewish families look forward to all year, especially after eating preserved lemon chicken with almonds and California Figs.
Turn basic matzoh into an elegant, no-bake chocolate toffee matzoh by topping it with traditional Sephardic ingredients such as chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs and green pumpkin seeds (pepitas). For extra color and a hint of spice, you can also add pink and white peppercorns. This beautiful confection is a fitting way to end a Passover Seder or simply keep it around as a snack to enjoy during the eight day-long festival. It’s almost impossible to resist! When it’s not Passover, this same technique can be used to make California Fig and chocolate toffee with Saltines or other crispy, flat crackers.
2tablespoonsLyle’s Golden Syrup or light corn syrup
1(12 ounce) bagsemisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2cupsBlue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and diced
1/4cupgreen pumpkinseeds (pepitas)
1tablespoonpink or white peppercorns (optional)
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place two boards of matzo on each baking sheet.
Melt butter in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
Add sugar, water, and syrup to the pan and stir to dissolve the sugar. Once sugar is dissolved, do not stir again. (Stirring can cause the sugar to crystallize and make the toffee grainy. If sugar crystals appear on the side of the saucepan, brush them down with a pastry brush dipped in water.)
Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat and boil until caramel reaches the hard crack stage (300°F) on a candy thermometer), approximately 8 to 10 minutes. You will see the mixture darken, and it will begin to smell like caramel.
Pour toffee mixture over matzoh and spread evenly. Allow toffee to firm up for a few minutes.
While toffee is cooling, place chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave on medium power for 30 seconds. Stir. (If chocolate is not completely melted, continue microwaving for thirty-second intervals and pausing to stir until melted.)
When toffee is set, pour melted chocolate over matzoh boards and spread with an offset spatula to coat toffee evenly.
While chocolate is still warm, top each piece of matzoh with chopped figs, pepitas, and peppercorns, if using.
Allow chocolate to cool completely, about one hour. Break into pieces with your hands. Store chocolate toffee matzoh in an airtight container.
Note: When making toffee, it’s important to add an inverted sugar, such as corn syrup, to prevent the granulated sugar from crystallizing. However, many people do not consider corn syrup to be kosher for Passover. Thus, I suggest using Lyle’s Golden Syrup, which is a British cane syrup for use in Passover dessert recipes. You can find it in better grocery stores or online.
When it comes to Snacking cake is just a sneaky way of bringing cake into morning or afternoon snacks and we are all in when it comes to this moist fig cake that couldn’t be easier to bake. Essentially, you whisk the dry ingredients, fluff the butter and sugar, and alternate between adding the buttermilk and flour until just combined. Then, you stir in walnuts and California Figs. And, you could stop there, dusting it with powdered sugar. But the Greek yogurt frosting for cake adds a tangy flavor that might make you swipe the bowl. Yogurt, figs, and walnuts are a classic breakfast combination, so we have a hunch you’ll far hard for this moist fig cake.
1cupBlue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission Figs, stemmed and coarsely chopped
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the 9×9’’ cake pan.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, and salt. Set aside.
In a standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Next, add egg and mix on medium-low until fully combined.
Add vanilla to container with buttermilk, and gently mix. With the mixer on lowest speed, add flour mixture and buttermilk in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. After the last addition of the flour, scrape down the sides, then add the walnuts and figs and fold everything together a few times by hand with a spatula.
Pour batter into the prepared pan, and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place the cake on a wire rack and cool completely.
Make the frosting: Beat the yogurt and cream cheese together with a standing or hand-held mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and pinch of salt, and continue beating until light and fluffy. Taste and add more sugar if desired.
Once the cake has cooled, top with Greek yogurt frosting and garnish with figs.
Equipment: 9×9-inch cake pan, standing or handheld mixer, medium bowl, whisk, spatula, cooling rack