Fig Roll Recipe!

Hello lovelies,

Father’s Day is fast approaching so I wanted to share a recipe with you all which is loved worldwide.

Why fig rolls? Well, ever since my dad was a little boy, he’s loved fig rolls. It’s always been a favourite of his and for months now he’s been going on at me to make him a batch. So, here you go dad, this one’s for you!

My dad is the strongest person I know. Our lives have been turned upside down by mental illness yet despite going through everything he has, my dad has always remained strong and fought through whatever has come his way. He hasn’t gone down without a fight and I’ll forever be in ore of him for that.

I truly have been blessed with the best, I know how incredibly lucky I am to have a dad as loving as mine. No matter what road I’ve wanted to take in life, he’s supported me continuously and is always my biggest fan.

After the scare we had with my dad a couple of months ago, it truly hit me how we take our parents for granted, we just expect them to always be there and that’s something I’ll never do again. I’ll forever treasure the bond I share with my dad.

Likewise with my mum, I can’t give my dad everything he deserves in life but what I can do is bake for him. My dad is one of my biggest supporters when it comes to my baking, he’s a very honest critic when trying my bakes which I always appreciate. So, I know he’ll appreciate me baking these and bringing a childhood memory back to life.

So, if fig rolls are a favourite of your dads, why not get baking them for Father’s Day? They are surprisingly easy to make SO get your apron on and let’s get backing…


Category: Sweet Treat

Serves: 12

Prep Time: 25 Minutes

Chill Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Overall Time: 1Hour 10Minutes


Ingredients You Need To Make Biscuits:

  • 175g Of Plain Flour
  • 1/4tsp Of Baking Powder
  • 50g Of Unsalted Butter
  • 40g Of Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2tsp Of Vanilla Extract

How To Make Fig Filling:

  • 200g Of Soft Dried Figs
  • 25g Of Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 1tsp Of Sweet Ground Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Of Ground Ginger

How To Make The Biscuit:

  • Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Secondly, in a large bowl, sift together the 175g of flour with the 1/4tsp of baking powder, then set aside.
  • Now, in a separate bowl, using an electric whisk, beat together the 50g of unsalted butter with the 40g of light muscovado sugar until pale and creamy.
  • Next, add in 1 egg and 1/2tsp of vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Putting the electric whisk onto a low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 batches until incorporated.
  • Place the dough into cling film, wrap and place into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes, until firm.

How To Make The Filling:

  • Tip the 200g of figs into a small pan so they are covering the base of the pan.
  • Add in the 25g of sugar and enough water to cover the figs.
  • Now, place the pan over a medium heat and bring to the boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to give a fast simmer and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon for 5-8 minutes, until the figs are soft and the mixture is thick.
  • Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender, blintz the mixture into a paste.
  • Add 1tsp of cinnamon and 1tsp of ginger into the blender and pulse until combined.
  • Take the mixture out the blender and spread onto a plate.
  • Place the plate into the fridge to allow to cool, chill and firm up for around 10 minutes.

How To Bring The Fig Rolls Together:

  • Preheat the oven to 190C / 170C Fan / Gas Mark 5.
  • Next, take the biscuit dough out the fridge and on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle.
  • Now, lightly flour your hands and using your hands, take the fig filling and roll it between your palms into a sausage.
  • Lie the sausage down, around 1.5inch’s away from the left edge of the rectangle.
  • Using an egg wash, brush the egg along the edge of the right side of the rectangle.
  • Now, fold the left side of the rectangle over the top of the fig filling onto the egg washed right side, making sure the filling is completely covered (TIP: it should overlap and seal the fig filling in) .
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into as many fig rolls as you possibly can and place the fig rolls onto the pre-lined baking tray.
  • Once you’ve cut out all your fig rolls, using a fork, gently press down onto the top of the fig rolls to give it that decorative look (this is optional).
  • Place the fig rolls into the oven and allow to cook for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Finally, take the fig rolls out the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the baking tray before transferring over to the wire rack to further cool.

That’s your Fig Rolls prepared, chilled, baked and ready for you to enjoy!

Todays recipe was actually a Paul Hollywood recipe which I followed and the outcome was absolutely perfect!

My dad was in his absolute element when I made him these, a whole batch of fig rolls for him to demolish and believe me… they were demolished pretty quickly.

So, if anyones looking for the perfect Father’s Day biscuit to make this year, why not give these a try. It looks a long recipe but believe me, once your started it really doesn’t take that long and it isn’t as complicated as you’d think. I actually found it a very easy recipe to follow.

I hope you all have a lovely Father’s Day! Remember, treasure every single moment you have with your dad as there’s so many people out there who are seriously struggling with Father’s Day approaching.

If you are someone who is struggling, my thoughts are with you and I’m sending you a big virtual hug.

Let me know in the comments below if you make these fig rolls yourself and if you do, what your thoughts were on them. Are you a fig roll lover?

Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,

Elle xo

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20 Comments

  1. June 15, 2022 / 9:45 pm

    I never knew my dad but I love that you make yours baked goods. I love dipping fig rolls in tea. Great idea!

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:18 am

      My dad is a fig roll and tea lover too! The greatest biscuit to dunk. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  2. June 15, 2022 / 9:46 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your Dad Elle! The fig rolls look amazing and I’m sure your Dad will love them! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:19 am

      Thank you so much! They went down an absolute treat with him. Let’s just say, they were demolished pretty quickly haha. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:19 am

      Thank you so much! This fig roll recipe is just delicious, honestly SO good. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  3. June 16, 2022 / 12:24 pm

    What a sweet ode to your Dad here, Elle. He sounds like a wonderful man who’s really had your back throughout both your lives. I think baking for someone is one of the sweetest things you can do to show them you care so when you say “you can’t give them everything” I hope you know that you’re giving them so much love by putting that into your baking 🙂 xxxxx

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:21 am

      He really is, I’m very lucky! I totally agree, all my family much prefer baked goods than presents now. I know how much they love my bakes so it feels ultra special to be able to bake them something they love on these special occasions like this! Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  4. June 16, 2022 / 12:29 pm

    Wow… these rolls look good for tea. Figs are delicious. Thank you for sharing.

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:22 am

      They are the perfect dunking biscuits! Figs are ultra yummy, aren’t they? Honestly, these are a must try if you haven’t already. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  5. June 16, 2022 / 8:34 pm

    Oh I love this so much! Your ode to your dad is so sweet and special and he sounds like a really wonderful man – I’m so glad you’re so close! I know my dad loves a good fig roll too so I’ll be sure to give these a go for him. Thank you so much for sharing xx

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:23 am

      Thank you so much! He really is, I’m very lucky to have him. I’m sure it’s like the ultimate dad biscuit haha. It looks as though it would be complicated but honestly, these are so easy to make and the outcome is just delicious. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  6. June 17, 2022 / 10:56 am

    A lovely post about your dad, it sounds like you both have a wonderful relationship. I haven’t tried fig before, but these fig rolls look really yummy! Thank you for sharing Elle.

    Lauren x
    http://www.bournemouthgirl.com

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:24 am

      Thank you so much, we do! Figs are honestly SO delicious and the biscuit around the outside really compliments the figs. They are such a great biscuit. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  7. June 17, 2022 / 1:45 pm

    This is such a lovely way to celebrate your dad! I love fig rolls too so I can understand him wanting you to make some — thank you sharing this lovely recipe and a bit about you/your dad!

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:26 am

      You can’t beat a yummy fig roll, can you? I just think they are the perfect dunking biscuit! Thank you so much, he deserves to be celebrated. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  8. June 17, 2022 / 10:44 pm

    I LOOOVE fig rolls butI would never have thought to bake them! I bet they’re lovely warm!

    Corinne x

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:27 am

      Fig rolls are the greatest, aren’t they? A ‘oldie but goldie’ as my dad says haha. They may look as though they’re complicated but honestly, they are so easy to make! They really are. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  9. Simplyalexjean
    June 20, 2022 / 11:55 pm

    What a sweet post to your Dad and it’s amazing to hear he’s supportive and helpful with his honest feedback of your baked treats! I have always purchased pre-made fig bars and honestly never thought of making them but I’ll definitely give this a try as it looks simple and delicious!

    • ellegracedeveson
      Author
      July 4, 2022 / 9:35 am

      Thank you so much! That’s one thing I always appreciate from my dad is his honesty. We usually buy pre-made fig rolls but now that I’ve made homemade once, I probably wouldn’t purchase pre-made again. They are honestly so easy to make and the outcome is just delicious! Thank you so much for commenting Xo

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