Homemade Greek Yogurt with Fig Chips / Welcome to the California Fig Fest San Diego Blog-Hop

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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The local farmer’s markets are brimming to the top with mouthwatering varieties of fresh figs this month. The fig season is here and we are creating a California Fig Fest San Diego Blog-Hop 2013 with local San Diego Food Bloggers along with the hosts of the event the California Fig Commission , the Les Dames ‘d Escoffier of San Diego and the San Diego Public Market. This blog-hop will hopefully encourage you to explore with the many uses of fresh and dried figs in your home recipes. Check back daily for new ideas and presentations from food bloggers and we hope you will bring many of them into your kitchen. Figs are not only scrumptious but they also have several health benefits such as a high level of iron and fiber.  And don’t forget to put the California Fig Fest on your calender for this September!

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We would also encourage you to attend this year’s Fig Fest in San Diego, on September 8th, from 4-7 p.m. at the downtown San Diego Public Market. Over 40 chefs will show off their fig creations during the Chef’s  Fig Challenge. Displays and booths from several local artisans, businesses, and a Les Dames Pavilion will be offering book signings and tasty fig treats. Meet chefs and wine artisans from the “Taste of Baja” and experience the cross border food and wine explosion of the Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada and Tijuana. Bring your friends and family for a great Sunday afternoon of extraordinary wines, culinary delights, and fig-friendly samples.  You’ll also be entertained by the amazing music of the Teagan Taylor Trio. Portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Olivewood Gardens, St. Vincent De Paul, Culinary Arts Program, the San Diego Public Market Kitchen Project and culinary scholarships/grants.

For more  information and tickets please visit the Fig Fest San Diego website.

Now for my recipe: Homemade Yogurt with Fig Chips!

This recipe is very dear to me because I grew up with a mother who made us her very own homemade yogurt. In the early morning, as we stumbled out of bed, we had it freshly prepared and  packed in small jars, ready for our busy schedule.  A dollop of honey or fresh berries and we were on our way to start our school day. With those fond memories growing up and with such a caring mom, today I try and incorporate yogurt into every meal if I can. Use fresh yogurt as a topping for your baked potatoes, as a dressing for your salad, and a nice refreshing dessert.  But for those of you who know me, my creative juices led me to my recipe of baking figs into chips! Simple fast and ready to top any dish or alone as a snack. Enjoy!

Homemade Greek Yogurt with Fig Chips
 
This quick method of roasting thinly sliced figs brings you a quick crispy fragrant treat, especially over homemade Greek yogurt. Add a touch of honey for sweetness.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 24
Ingredients
Figs
  • 4 medium figs - I used ½ green and ½ black
Homemade Yogurt
  • 1 quart (4 cups) of whole, low fat or fat -free milk
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt with active and live cultures
  • ⅔ cup fat-free powdered milk (use only if not using whole milk)
  • Honey for topping (optional)
Instructions
Prepare the yogurt and have it ready for the figs.
Yogurt
  1. In a heavy-bottom saucepan, bring the milk and powdered milk to a slow boil, constantly whisking until it reaches 180-190 for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to 115-120 degrees.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt in a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of milk and stir until well blended.
  4. Add the starter to the milk and stir until well incorporated.
  5. Reserve one cup for your next batch. Refrigerate.
  6. Place in a large canning jar,container, or insulated bottle.
  7. Cover tightly and leave out in a warm place for 4-6 hours or until yogurt has thickened.
  8. Once thickened you can place it in individual cups and refrigerate.
  9. For thicker Greek yogurt: Strain the yogurt using cheesecloth over a bowl to catch excess water.
Fig Chips
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Using a chef's knife, thinly slice the figs about ⅛ -1/4 inch thick.
  3. Place the figs on a lined sheet tray.
  4. Bake until figs are dry, about 5-10 minutes. Let figs cool on tray.
  5. Add the fig chips on top and drizzle with honey.
  6. Makes 24 cups.

 

Fig Facts to Devour:

  • Just 3-5 dried figs (1/4 cup) or fresh (1/2 cup) California Figs count as one fruit serving.
  • They are rich in antioxidants and rank higher in antioxidants than red wine and ta, well known for their polyphenolics.
  • Figs are fat, sodium, and cholesterol-free.
  • Dried figs have 110 calories in (1/4) serving and fresh figs 120 calories (1/2 cup)serving.

You may also enjoy more fig recipes from my blog : Figs Wrapped in Phyllo and Greek Fig Jam.

We would like to thank the California Fig Commission  for your generous supply of fresh and dried figs used by the food bloggers who posted with us on this blog hop.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lizthechef

What are the blog hop dates, for those interested in submitting, Mary?

2 Efi Kontoula

It sounds so easy to make your own yogurt from scratch!! Excellent combination with the figs!

3 Mary Papoulias-Platis

The blog hop runs through September 15th!

4 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Hi Efi,
Fresh yogurt just like anything that is made fresh has an acquired taste. It’s a bit sour naturally and most people are familiar with the supermarket sweetened yogurts. Just add a little honey or maple syrup! – Mary

5 Eha

Fun! Have never made fig chips: do not think figs ever stay in my house long enough to be made into anything 😉 ! Cannot attend the fiesta but shall make this simple recipe! Do have fun!!!!

6 Mimi (Mimi Avocado)

Thanks for setting this blog hop up, Mary! I’m having such fun with these fresh figs. Can’t wait for Fig Fest 2013!

7 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Mimi, you’re recipes are fantastic, thank-you for posting! We’re all in fig heaven!!

8 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Eha,
That’s the fun of experimenting in the kitchen…

9 Sean

I’m the founder/moderator for Punk Domestics (www.punkdomestics.com), a community site for those of use obsessed with, er, interested in DIY food. It’s sort of like Tastespotting, but specific to the niche. I’d love for you to submit this to the site. Good stuff!

10 Mary Papoulias-Platis

I’m so glad you enjoyed it- Happy New Year!

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