Easy Zucchini Pineapple Bread with Figs

Moist and spiced, zucchini pineapple bread is a new classic. Simple to make, this easy zucchini bread is one loaf you’ll love, baked with nuts and figs.

In the collection of our favorite quick breads, right alongside banana bread and a nut bread, is this easy zucchini bread! It’s a great way to use extra zucchini if your backyard garden gives you a bumper crop or when zucchini is plentiful during the summer. This zucchini pineapple bread with figs is a moist, sweet loaf filled with fresh zucchini, crushed pineapple, and flavorful Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Mission Dried Figs. The zucchini pineapple bread loaves are spiced with cinnamon and taste delicious warmed with a schmear of salted butter. Try this bread as a morning breakfast option or later on in the day as a snack or dessert!

Easy Zucchini Pineapple Bread with Figs

Course Breakfast
Keyword easy zucchini bread, zucchini pineapple bread
Servings 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (about 8 ounces) Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission Dried Figs, stemmed + chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease two 8”x4” loafs pans with baking spray. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the eggs, sugar, and oil. Add the zucchini, pineapple, and vanilla and stir to combine well. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, and stir to combine. Add 1 cup of the figs and fold to combine.

  3. Divide the batter between the two pans and sprinkle the remaining figs on top of the batter, if desired. Bake in the preheated oven for about 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly prior to serving.

Recipe and photos by Kate Wood

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Moist and spiced, zucchini pineapple bread is a new classic. Simple to make, this easy zucchini bread is one loaf you’ll love, baked with nuts and figs.

Cornbread Muffins with Honey Golden Fig Butter

Who doesn’t love muffins? Buttermilk cornbread muffins with corn make a mighty companion to chili, crumbled into soup or even as a salad sidekick. Our rustic cornbread muffins with honey fig butter are kind of addictive, and are a great addition to the picnic basket. Featuring three kinds of corn: corn flour also known as masa harina, coarse cornmeal or polenta, and corn kernels, the muffins are refined flour-free and gluten-free. All you need to get busy baking are two bowls, so they couldn’t be easier to mix and bake. Corn and figs might be unexpected but are a natural duo! Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Golden Figs and Sun-Maid Calimyrna Figs complement the sunny sweetness of corn. Try the golden fig honey butter on toast, as a base to a pan pasta sauce or even melted on steamed root vegetables like carrots, turnips or even radishes.

Cornbread muffins with honey fig butter are home-baked portability. Made for picnics, potlucks, suppers and cornbread muffins with corn are a crowd-pleaser.

Cornbread Muffins with Honey Golden Fig Butter

Course Snack
Servings 16

Ingredients

Cornbread Muffins with Corn

  • 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, cooled
  • 1 cup corn kernels, optional

Fig Honey Butter

  • 8 ounces Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice California Golden Figs or Sun-Maid Calimyrna Figs, stems removed (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Flaky sea salt, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Mist two 12-well muffin tins with cooking spray.

  2. Make Corn Muffins: Mix corn flour, cornmeal, baking soda, and salt until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, honey, and coconut oil until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir until combined, adding in 3/4 cup corn once almost fully mixed. Portion 1/4 cups of batter—it’s going to be thick so you could even pat into balls and place in muffin wells. Lightly press in remaining corn kernels on top.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes on middle rack or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in muffin tin before turning out on a plate.

  4. Make Fig Honey Butter: Place figs, butter, honey, and kosher salt in a food processor. Process until smooth and combined. Scoop out butter with a spatula to serve right away. Or, chill until set: scoop onto parchment paper to roll into a log with ends twisted or spoon into a bowl, covered with plastic wrap. Sprinkle on flaky sea salt just before serving, if desired.

Recipe and photos by Annelies Zijderveld

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Cornbread muffins with honey fig butter are home-baked portability. Made for picnics, potlucks, suppers and cornbread muffins with corn are a crowd-pleaser.

Sausage Bisquits Egg Bake with Figs

Our sausage egg bake brings sausage bisquits into a breakfast casserole with figs adding subtle sweetness. This dish will become your brunch go-to recipe.

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.

Sausage Bisquits Egg Bake with Figs

Course Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground white pepper
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 1/2 cups (10 oz) Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, stemmed
  • 1 (8 oz) block white cheddar cheese, small dice
  • 4 green onions, greens only, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a casserole dish. Whisk eggs with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and milk in a bowl.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Recipe and photo by Annelies Zijderveld

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Our sausage egg bake brings sausage bisquits into a breakfast casserole with figs adding subtle sweetness. This dish will become your brunch go-to recipe.

Fig Easter Bread Ring Recipe

Our Easter bread ring is filled with figs and almost too pretty to eat. Drizzle on cream cheese frosting—this Easter bread ring recipe is brunch-ready.

When the holidays come around, there’s nothing quite like waking up to festive breakfast foods like this warm sweet Easter bread ring that’s a favorite for Mother’s Day (though you could certainly break out this recipe for fall holidays too). A sweet dough combined with rich, fiber-filled Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs are twisted together to form a deliciously decadent Danish pastry. While this Easter bread ring recipe uses instant yeast, regular yeast can be substituted. Simply allow dough to rise until doubled in size (2-4 hours). Store cooked pastry in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Fig Easter Bread Ring Recipe

Course Breakfast

Ingredients

Easter Bread Ring Dough

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant (quick rise) yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed to 110°F
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg

Mission Fig Filling

  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs
  • 1/2 cup tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon cold water

Cream Cheese Glaze (optional)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Make the Easter Bread Ring Dough

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together yeast and warm milk. Set aside until yeast mixture begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture, melted butter, and egg. Knead until dough comes together in a ball and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Transfer dough to a greased bowl and cover with a clean damp towel. Set aside to rise for 20 minutes.

Make the Fig Filling

  1. 1. Process dried figs in food processor until finely chopped. Add softened butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the food processor. Pulse until mixture forms a paste.

Assemble and Bake

  1. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough out into a large rectangle, approximately 14×9 inches. Spread fig paste over dough. Beginning at the long edge, tightly roll up the dough as you would if you were making cinnamon rolls.

  2. Leaving a 1-inch gap from the top, slice rolled dough in half lengthwise. Carefully turn cut dough centers so that fig layers are facing upwards.

  3. Twist the left strand of dough over the right strand, then continue until the entire dough has been twisted together. Shape twisted strand into a circle, pressing ends together. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  4. Cover with damp towel to rise again while oven is preheating. Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk together egg and water. Brush danish with egg wash.

  5. Bake danish for 30-35 minutes.

Make Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. Whisk together cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle over danish, if desired, or simply sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar.

Recipe and photos by Jackie Bruchez

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Our Easter bread ring is filled with figs and almost too pretty to eat. Drizzle on cream cheese frosting—this Easter bread ring recipe is brunch-ready.

Fennel + Fig Make Ahead Quiche Recipe

Brunch well with make ahead quiche. Thinly shaved fennel and plump fig morsels mix with goat cheese in our crustless make ahead quiche recipe.

This make ahead quiche recipe is a guide map to a host of other quiche combinations. A traditional Lorraine of bacon, and Gruyere with a twist of Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Fig morsels would be lovely here too, but what we really love about this make ahead quiche is how you can bake it the day before a brunch or holiday breakfast and then slice and warm it up the nest morning with fresh cups of coffee. Fennel and California Golden Figs come alive when sautéed in brown butter and white pepper adds a subtle heat. One thing to note, we pump up the heat high at first to kick-start the cooking, setting the edges of the quiche and adding a touch of color. Turning the heat down then allows the quiche to continue cooking until set in the middle.

Fennel + Fig Make Ahead Quiche Recipe

Course Breakfast
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, cored and thinly shaved or sliced (reserve fronds)
  • 9 ounces (1 1/2 cups) Blue Ribbon Orchard or Sun-Maid California Golden Figs, stemmed and sliced lengthwise, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Mist a pie pan with cooking spray or lightly grease.

  2. Brown butter in a skillet set over medium heat, whisking and keeping an eye on the butter to ensure it doesn’t burn—butter will smell nutty and be the color of hazelnuts when it’s done. Toss in fennel, 1 cup sliced figs, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and white pepper. Cook until fennel softens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

  3. Meanwhile, lightly beat eggs. Whisk in milk and cream with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in 3/4 of the grated Parmesan, reserving the rest. Add in figs and fennel, stirring to combine. Pour into prepared pie plate. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan on top.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Then, turn heat down to 375°F and remove quiche from the oven to scatter fennel fronds and dot remaining fig slices on top. Immediately place it back in the oven to cook for 20 minutes, covering with foil at the 15-minute mark if the top is golden. Quiche is done when set and the middle doesn’t jiggle. Cool for 5 minutes before tipping onto a serving plate, slicing and eating.

Brunch well with make ahead quiche. Thinly shaved fennel and plump fig morsels mix with goat cheese in our crustless make ahead quiche recipe.

Recipe and photos by Annelies Zijderveld

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Whole Wheat Muffins with Figs

whole wheat muffins with dried figs will make you a hit at the office. Bring a batch and share them with co-workers!

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Whole wheat muffins with dried figs will be the healthy on-the-go breakfast you'll prep on Sunday for a successful week ahead.

We couldn’t wait to jump into the kitchen after we opened up a bag of California Mission Figs. Just like our Organic Whole Wheat Flour, they are a great source of dietary fiber and are also rich in potassium, iron, calcium, and antioxidants. Their balanced sweetness makes them perfect for baking, helping you reduce the added sugar without compromising on flavor (and they make amazing whole wheat muffins with figs!).

Whole wheat muffins with dried figs are great mid-morning snacks or great on-the-go for breakfast.

Whole Wheat Muffins with Figs

With just a quick prep, these mini muffins, featuring Organic Whole Wheat Flour and Organic Mission Figs, will be in the oven in less than 15 minutes and you’ll have all week to enjoy them. They are lightly sweetened, full of protein and fiber, and perfect for preventing those mid-morning moments of hanger.

Makes 16 mini muffins

INGREDIENTS:

Whole Wheat Muffins

Streusel (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line or spray mini muffin tin. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg, and Greek yogurt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, then fold in California Figs.
  5. Divide batter evenly between 16 mini muffin cups.
  6. To make the streusel: mix together oats, flour, brown sugar and softened butter in a small bowl until crumbly. Spoon streusel atop muffin batter and bake for 13-15 minutes.

whole wheat muffins with dried figs are hearty for breakfast.

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Chia Pudding with Dried Fig Relish

Chia Pudding with Dried Fig Fruit Relish

Chia pudding is loaded with nutrients and keeps you full, and when topped with Sun-Maid or Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice California Figs, it’s a great breakfast or healthy snack. Our California dried figs are finely chopped along with fresh strawberries for a topping that adds sweetness to this healthy treat. Speckled with chia seeds, strawberry seeds, and “seeds” of figs, this snack sparkles with crunch! Combining fresh and dried fruit gives multiple textures to a satisfying fruit relish. A pint mason jar is preferred to make the chia pudding recipe below, though you can use a medium sized bowl—just whisk the ingredients together instead of shaking them as indicated in the instructions below and cover the top with plastic wrap.

Chia Pudding with Dried Fig Relish

Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 2

Ingredients

Chia Pudding

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt

Dried Fig Fruit Relish

  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, divided
  • 4 large strawberries, (1/2 cup) small dice

Instructions

  1. Pour the almond milk into your mason jar. Stir in the chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and a dash of kosher salt. Cap and seal the jar. Give it a few spirited shakes to ensure even distribution of the chia seeds with the other ingredients. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Remove four California Figs, from the total amount, stemming and thinly slicing them. Set them aside.

  3. Make the fig fruit relish: With the remaining figs, stem and finely dice them. Stir them in a small bowl with the strawberries until combined.

  4. Assemble the chia pudding cups: Slide the slices of figs down the walls of two squat glass, pressing them into the glass if needed so they adhere. Divide half the chia pudding between both glasses. Top each with the fig and strawberry fruit relish.

Recipe and photo by Annelies Zijderveld

Dried Fig Pop Tarts with Rhubarb Glaze

Making dried fig pop tarts is so easy they're great for weekend mornings.

Plan ahead! The fig jam, made with Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, and the rhubarb syrup can be made at least a day in advance. The fig pop tarts are best fresh out of the oven, but still totally delicious after a couple of days. These fig pop tarts would be a great portable dessert for your next barbecue or cookout. They also would be welcome as breakfast too—can you imagine how warm fig pop tarts would sweeten any morning? This will become one of your new favorite fig pastry recipes.

Dried Fig Pop Tarts with Rhubarb Glaze

Course Breakfast
Servings 6 servings
Calories 480 kcal

Ingredients

Dried Fig Jam

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15-20 Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs, stemmed
  • 2 star anise

Rhubarb Glaze

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Pop Tarts

  • 2 sheets pastry dough

Instructions

Make the California Dried Fig Jam

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the water, honey, lemon juice, vanilla and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 8 minutes. Add dried figs and anise, and simmer until jammy, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. Remove the fig mixture from the heat and cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to refrigerator to cool completely.

Make the Rhubarb Glaze

  1. While the figs are cooking, make the rhubarb syrup for the icing. In another small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water, rhubarb, and honey. Simmer until the rhubarb turns to mush, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool. Carefully strain and discard rhubarb pieces. Set rhubarb syrup aside.

Make the Fig Pop Tarts

  1. Heat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Lay both pieces of pastry dough on a work surface. Roll the circles to 11 inches across. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut the edges off (about 1 inch off all sides) to create two 9-inch squares. Then cut each square into three 3-inch strips.

  3. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cooled jam on one end of each strip. Fold one end over the end with jam. Use a fork to crimp the edges on all sides. Repeat with remaining dough strips. Transfer the hand pies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and cool them completely.

  5. Finish making the glaze: Whisk powdered sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the rhubarb syrup until it creates an icing glaze. Spoon over the top of each fig pop tart and let harden. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe and photo by Renee Frojo

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Overnight French Toast Casserole with Figs

French Toast Casserole with California Dried Figs is going to be your go-to breakfast recipe for when company comes to town.

During the holidays or anytime you’ve got a full house, you need a ringer breakfast recipe that keeps it easy on the cook! You could make a stack of Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with California Mission Figs, and we think you’ll like overnight French toast with Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs. It’s the breakfast everyone will be excited to gather around as the coffee brews. What makes it great for you is that this overnight French toast casserole can be prepped the night before and then baked off in the oven in the morning. Easy!

Overnight French Toast Casserole with Figs

Course Breakfast
Calories 390 kcal

Ingredients

Casserole

  • Butter for greasing
  • 1 loaf crusty French bread, sourdough or whole wheat round (it should yield 10 to 11 cups of bread chunks)
  • 1 1/4 cups Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Zest from 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)

Topping

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup raspberries

Optional Toppings for Serving

  • Raspberries
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Grease a large casserole dish with butter. A 9x13-inch dish works well for this recipe. Set the casserole dish aside.

  2. Chop the bread into 1-inch chunks. Transfer the chunks into a large bowl.

  3. Chop the figs into quarters. If using large figs, chop them into smaller pieces.

  4. Spread half of the bread chunks into the greased dish. Top with half of the chopped figs. Add the remaining bread chunks to the dish, and then top with the remaining figs.

  5. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk, sugar, and lemon zest and mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Carefully pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread and figs.

  6. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  7. When you are ready to bake the French toast casserole, preheat the oven to 375ºF. Position an oven rack to the center position.

  8. Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and mix in the sugar and cinnamon.

  9. Remove the French toast casserole from the refrigerator and unwrap the pan. Using a large spoon, drizzle the melted butter mixture over the casserole. Sprinkle 2/3 cup of raspberries over the bread chunks.

  10. Bake the casserole for 33 to 40 minutes, until the bread on the top of the casserole is brown and crisp.

  11. Let the casserole cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the casserole with more raspberries and maple syrup.

Recipe and photo by Lisa Lin

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with California Figs

There’s a lot to love about ricotta pancakes. They’re the kind of breakfast for lazy mornings, for brunch, or even during the holidays if you’re not slinging  Overnight French Toast Casserole. By beating the egg whites until they’re stiff peaks, they add height to the pancakes. What we think you’ll really love about this lemon ricotta pancake recipe is the lemon-infused Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs. Each bite is a burst of tangy sweetness. You could always serve these pancakes with butter and maple syrup, but we like them best with confectioner’s sugar dusted on top.
Ricotta pancakes are light, fluffy and perfect for breakfast--this lemon ricotta pancake recipe is great for celebratory breakfasts and brunches.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with California Figs

Course Breakfast
Servings 8 pancakes / 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission California Figs, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat the lemon zest, lemon juice, and honey over medium heat for 1 minute Stir together. Pour over the figs in a bowl and toss. Steep for 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yolks, sugar, and ricotta. Stir in the milk and lemon honey-infused figs.

  4. Beat the egg whites until you achieve stiff peaks.

  5. Stir together the figgy yolk mixture into the flour until just combined. Fold in the egg whites until combined.

  6. Set a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once a drip of water sizzles in the skillet, it’s ready. Turn the heat down to medium low. Brush a little butter onto the surface of the skillet (and as needed as you’re cooking the pancakes). Portion out 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet and smooth into a circle. Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side. You’ll know it’s ready to flip when a spatula can easily lift a corner of the pancake, bubbles have pricked the surface of the pancake, and the side of the pancake is no longer glossy.

  7. Repeat and cook the remaining batter. Dust the pancakes with powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe and photo by Annelies Zijderveld

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