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Fig Pecan Sticky Buns. And our guardian tree
Posted By Todd & Diane On October 8, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Breads | Pastries,Desserts,Food,Garden,Garden Recipes,Recipes,Vegetarian Recipes | 38 Comments
The first tree that meets your eye when you enter our garden is a huge thirty foot high silver oak tree. We call it our first guardian tree because it nurtures us with shade throughout the year and its staggering presence makes us feel safe, protected. It’s the tree that greets visitors with it’s evergreen grandeur and lacy, whispy leaves. Now that the garden has matured over the last ten years, the second largest tree is our fig tree, which is quickly becoming our second guardian tree.
The variety of our fig tree is a Strawberry Verte. It sat in a lonely corner of the nursery when we first saw it ten years ago, but it’s lush, bright green leaves and beautiful limbs and branching were so impressive that it was hard to not miss its beauty. “It gives the most wonderful, sweet figs” the man at the nursery told us. “The color,” he said, “is green on the outside and beautiful deep red color on the inside when it hits its ripe stride at the end of Summer.” We were sold.
Everything he had told us was true. It’s not only grown spectacularly well to over fifteen feet high, but the it’s lush with broad and perfectly shaped fig leaves. Now this season, we can’t keep up with the fruit. Even with the daily squirrel raids and occasional flocks of birds that stop by for a pit stop.
This fig tree drips with fruit towards September when the Indian Summer heat starts to peak. Sweet, sticky fig fruit explodes from all the branches. The top branches that have grown beyond our ladders reach are feeding those masses of garden birds. The fruit that we can reach are the ones that we indulge in. And the fruit that falls to the ground feed Lexi as her after dinner dessert. Sierra doesn’t like fruit & veggies at all and she’s not even warmed up to the sweet figs. What a shame.
Roasted figs, fig desserts, fig salads, grilled figs and fig balsamic has been churned out of our kitchen every season. This is the guardian tree that as summer dwindles and fall nestles in feeds us and the garden critters (puppy Lexi included) so extremely well. The fig tree has become a permanent part of our garden and we’re able to share some of it with you today.
A warm batch of fig walnut sticky buns is what we’re sharing with you from our feeding guardian tree. Hope you make these and get a chance to score a last batch of figs before they leave permanently for the season. They’re wonderful!
diane and todd
Yield: 12 Sticky Buns
Total Time: 2 hours
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light Fig-Walnut Sticky Buns Recipe.
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