Fig and Raisin Filled Biscuits

    1 hour 20 minutes

    These biscuits are absolutely delicious and worth the time it takes to prepare them. They are fine on their own but you can ice them if you wish.

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    Serves: 60 

    • 500g dried figs
    • 1 cup (150g) raisins
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
    • 2 cups (250g) chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
    • 1 cup orange marmalade
    • 2 1/2 cups (300g) sifted plain flour
    • 1/2 cup (125g) white sugar
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 cup copha
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Grease two baking trays.
    2. Grind the figs, raisins, orange zest and walnuts in a food processor, blender or food grinder. If the mixture is too thick a couple of tablespoons of water can be added. Gradually blend in the honey, cinnamon, chocolate chips and orange marmalade. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Cut in the copha until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the eggs, milk and vanilla until the mixture can be gathered into a ball.
    4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 5mm thickness. Cut the dough into strips that are 10cm wide. Spread filling onto one half of each strip lengthways. Fold the dough over to cover and seal the edges by pressing on them with the tines of a fork. Slice the filled strips crosswise at an angle about every 3cm or so. This will make diamond shapes. Place the biscuits onto the prepared baking tray.
    5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven until golden brown. Remove from the baking tray to cool on wire racks. Add icing and sprinkles if you wish.

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    Better than my mother's recipe. The dough handles very easily, although I had to make a double batch of dough to accomodate all the filling.  -  01 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is a great recipe.but I found that there was to much filling for the dough so double the dough recipe I searched for years for this recipe for my mom because her grand mother used to make them but had no written recipe unfortunately my mother passed away before I could make them for her-Now I make them every Christmas for my family and friends I make hundreds of them there is just one thing I change Instead of rolling them in logs I cut out rounds or trees or stars place filling in the center and place another shape on top and crimp edges That was how my mother remembered my great grandmother making them. Then I make a icing glaze and brush the baked and cooled cookies sprinkle with colored Jimmies to make them festive  -  28 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I have made this twice now, excellent recipe. 4 stars only because I had to make another 1/2 batch of dough. I subbed 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa pwder for the chips-the texture and taste was better for us. These freeze great and taste better the longer they sit  -  21 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)