Dry Figs and Pecan Puff Rolls

As a kid, I don’t remember eating figs! It was only a few years back when I got introduced to these beautiful looking fruits. In-fact, dry figs became my daily diet. It was more like my medicine! I was anemic for a while and my hemoglobin count had dropped down. During that time, the doctor suggested me to eat figs daily as they’re supposed to have high content of iron. Since I hate taking medicines and figs were so much more tasty, I decided to make it my delicious alternative to medicine.

To my surprise, what medicine couldn’t do in 6 months, regular intake of few dried figs did in 1 month. I started feeling better. Since then, I never stopped eating this gorgeous dry fruit. I never found fresh figs in Bangalore or may be I didn’t know where to look for it. So, I am yet to try the fresh figs and I know I will like them too.. Maybe more than the dried ones 🙂

Did you know that figs contain some kind of chemical that will extend freshness and moistness in baked products! Figs have nutrients especially important for today’s busy lifestyles, with lots of iron, fiber, calcium and potassium. I used to always keep them in my purse and in the evening, when i used get tired and hungry between work, I would pop these in my mouth.

What I am sharing with you today is a short bite which could be served as a dessert or even enjoyed with coffee or tea. It’s not too sweet and the pecan adds an extra crunch to the bite. They taste best when they are fresh out from the oven. But, you can also store them and re-heat them in oven before you serve them.

This will yield approximately 18 to 20 puff pastry rolls

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup pecan/almond, slightly roasted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of half lemon
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, kept in room temperature for about 30 mins
  • oil

Directions :

Boil 1 cup water in a saucepan with star anise, cinnamon and brown sugar.

Next, add the dried figs and keep cooking for 15 minutes in low heat till it becomes thick and sticky.

Transfer it to a food processor and make a puree.

Roughly chop the roasted pecans and mix it with the puree.

Add lemon zest and juice to the puree.

Place the puff pastry sheets and spread the mixture on the them properly. The mixture would be sticky. So, wet your hands or the spatula and that will help to spread the mixture evenly.

Roll the pastry and cut rolls cross-wise into 1 inch pieces using a sharp knife.

Place them in greased baking pan and rub them with oil on top.

Bake them at 375 F for about 18 mins or until they are slight golden brown on top.

Let it cool for 5 mins before you serve them.


1.Make sure you thaw the frozen puff pastry for at least 30 mins before you start working on them. They are very delicate and can break apart.

2. If you are storing the puff rolls, use a air tight jar and re-heat them at 350 F for 5 minutes before you serve them.

3. If you don’t like pecan, you can use any other nuts .

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I love figs! dried and fresh..but I never knew they had all these nutrients..
I made some cake bars with dried figs and they disappear as soon as they are out of the oven..
love the recipe, especially the spices…I’ll have to get some star anise soon

These look delicious! I’m going to try eating some daily for the iron. I was surprised to find out that I, too, have low iron. Great tip!

Manu says:

Yum, I love both dried and fresh figs! They are quite common in Italy. I find fresh figs here too, but they are never as sweet as the ones back in Sicily. Lovely recipe, I like the addition of pecans as well! 🙂

Priya says:

Wat a wonderful looking rolls, very prefect and best way to sneak figs,coz none at home like figs..thanks for sharing..

Nishi says:

Ohhh these puff rolls look sooo tasty!!! I love figs in any form!! Would love to try this 🙂

karishma says:

i used to always give my one year old figs pureed in his porridge which he loved. These puffs look just perfect and superb recipe, kankana. Wonder if walnuts could substitute for pecans or anything else?

Kankana says:

Hey Karishma, you can add almond or any other nuts you like. I emailed you with the detail.

Raji says:

These rolls look really scrumptious…I am not a very big fan of figs but I bet turning them in these beautiful rolls will make me beg more and more for these .

rebecca says:

wow great recipe and I should snack on more figs then being pregnant love it

Priyanka says:

Awesome loved the recipe and the pics

Priti says:

Looks so gud n love the filling ….delish

Soma says:

These are absolutely gorgeous and needless to say delicious. For a fig lover like me, I HAVE to make these. too good.

Nandini says:

How perfectly made! They sure look so tempting and are lovely…

Vimitha says:

Perfect looking puff rolls.. Figs are highly nutritious and this is a sweety way to incorporate them into the diet…

Krithi says:

I am a great fan of dried figs…would love to try this.. healthy and interesting!
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Juliana says:

Wow, these little treats look tasty, dry figs and pecan…what a yummie combination…all wrapped in a puff pastry. Would love to get a hold of one of this pastry. Hope you are having a great week 🙂

Kimberley says:

Yum! I love confections with figs and pecans.

Meghna says:

Wow kankana…These look so tempting… I have always loved figs dry or fresh and infact i came across 2 packs of figs that i bought at farmers market in dallas… I know what i am going to do with some of those figs now 😉 And as always great pictures!

aipi says:

What a brilliant idea! I have not really cooked with figs – guess I found the perfect recipe to start with 🙂
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Manju says:

Those look sooooo good! I looove figs..but never made anything with them. Just ate them as is 😀

And soo sorry to have been away from following your posts, things have just been crazy busy, thats all. You will see more of me from now on 🙂

Kankana says:

Glad you are back Manju 🙂

Radhika says:

Just like you, I love figs anytime anyday (everyday actually!). Those puff pastry rolls look delish indeed!

Deepa says:

Awesome Clicks of Puffs dear. Must have tasted awesome as well. Glad to have been following you. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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Jun says:

Looks so tasty!

Looks very yummy! As I told you, I sometimes add prunes too..the little tang from them balances the sweetness of figs well.Nice pictures.

I never knew that figs were high in iron. What a delicious way to increase iron intake!

very nice kankana- really yummy looking bites perfect for that afternoon tea!

Joyti says:

I’m anemic myself…I ought to eat more fig too I guess. They are delicious – especially fresh ones. I love them with thick yogurt, a little honey, and some pecans…
The rolls though, look like a really delicious and special treat. Yum!

What a great combo and delicious rolls!

This looks delicious! I’m sure my mom would love this 🙂

Tiffany says:

Such an elegant dessert! I would love them with a hot cup of tea!

Rosa says:

What a divine treat! Perfect with a cup of good coffee or tea.



You had me at FIGS! This looks divine. 🙂

I love figs, and this is amazing recipe..it looks very very tasty! Love the photos too(as always) thanks for sharing dear friend!

Fig is my fav fruit, i can tell you, if you love fig so much, you must try fresh ones they taste heaven! this rolls are brilliant would be great for party!

and ya i seriously didn’t know they had so much medicinal value, thanks for the highlight kankana i should start to much some!

tigerfish says:

I am sure you will love fresh figs! I enjoy fresh and dried ones.

Sounds wonderful and looks so delicious..

nisha says:

i had no idea about all those things about figs and yes i have a low haemoglobin count as well maybe i should try this 🙂
ive never really had figs to be honest..so im pretty intrigued by how it would taste
btw thanks for the wishes..i am so damn kicked about the win 🙂

Hi Kankana! Thank you for finding my website and now I’m here! Yesterday we had dinner guests and during preparation, I was looking for a recipe using a dry fig! What a coincidence but I only found your website now. But I’m going to keep this recipe! Looks so delicious and I already like this even though I haven’t cooked this yet! 🙂

Delicious treat! I adore figs!

Kankana says:

I absolutely enjoyed making these puffs.. SO glad you all liked it 🙂

These are AMAZING looking Baklava – type puffs:) I have to make something in this stylesoon –

shabs says:

These puffs look gorgeous , the pics are amazing . You should try the fresh ones as they are really good but it’s good fresh as well as dry .

Celia says:

Yum! These remind me of rugelach – Jewish rolled-up cookies often filled with nuts and fruit and jam – only with puff pastry in place of cream cheese cookie dough. A lovely idead, and gorgeously photographed!

Oh, I love figs! These sound incredible! 🙂

daksha says:

Oh my does this puff rolls are look so fantastic! and your photography is gorgeous. Definitely a must try!

Oh my deliciousness!!! These are amazing! I would not even want to share these… I could eat them up all on my own. Beautiful job, sweets!

briarrose says:

These rolls are so beautiful. It would be tough to share. 😉

sally says:

I didn’t know that figs have such a high iron content. Just another reason I should eat more of them and try this great looking recipe!

Anamika says:

Wow, the rolls are looking so yum and your pics are also very good looking. Would surely try this one!

I love figs, both dried and fresh..but I never knew they have all these nutrients. Going to eat lot more from now on 🙂
your rolls look amazing Kankana

have some figs in the fridge, was thinking of making some fig-chocolate bars, now I have some doubts what should I make first : rolls or bars. hmmm

Kala says:

Back in US puff pastry sheets were easy to find in grocery stores, but I did not see them in Bangalore. could you kindly let me know where to find them in Bangalore. Thanks.

Kankana says:

I sent you an email Kala, hope that helps 🙂

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tamara says:

amazing, must try

Priya says:

Would try this out someday! looks puffy, i bet it would have tasted yum!

Erin Hess says:

Kankana, I am making these puffs right now. If they taste as good as the anise and fig reduction smells, I might have to eat all of the puffs myself!

Kankana says:

Oh wow! Hope it comes out good for ya 🙂 Yes, do let me know please!