Pear-Fig Oatmeal Bars
Makes 15
  • 2 cups (280 grams) peeled, cored, and diced Bosc pear
  • 3 tablespoons (45 grams) water
  • ½ cup (100 grams) plus 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) fresh lime juice
  • 1 (10-ounce) package (290 grams) chopped dried figs
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted high-quality butter, softened
  • ½ cup (110 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (160 grams) quick-cooking oats
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, letting excess extend over sides of pan; spray foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring pear, 3 tablespoons (45 grams) water, 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar, and lime juice to a boil over medium heat. Cook until pears are slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add figs; cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar, and remaining ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar at medium speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, and baking powder. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined. Reserve 1½ cups (267 grams) dough. Press remaining dough into bottom of prepared pan. Spread pear filling over dough; sprinkle with reserved 1½ cups (267 grams) dough.
  5. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely. Using excess foil as handles, remove from pan, and cut into bars.
Recipe by Bake from Scratch at