Fig Bars - Makes 12 bars
80g dried figs
90ml hot water
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
85g plain flour
45g rolled oats
3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons milk, divided
30g cream cheese, softened
40g icing sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 200°C / gas 6. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place figs, water and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar in pitcher of KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Blender. Cover and blend on Manual mediumlow speed 30 seconds or until smooth. Set aside.
Combine flour, oats, baking powder, salt and remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in medium bowl. Stir in oil and 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball.
Roll dough into 30x23cm rectangle on lightly floured surface. Place dough on prepared baking sheet. Spread fig mixture in 6.5cm-wide strip lengthwise down centre of rectangle. Make cuts almost to filling at 1.5cm intervals on both long sides. Fold strips over filling, overlapping and crossing in centre. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars.
Place cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla extract and remaining 1 tablespoon milk in clean blender pitcher. Cover and blend on Manual medium speed until smooth. Drizzle over bars.