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Apple Fig Crisp



Prepare the Figs

1. Combine wine, water, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice and apple pie spice in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Add figs to liquid and simmer over medium heat until figs are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain figs and discard liquid.

Prepare the Apples

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9x13x2 inch oven-to-table baking dish with cooking spray and spread apple butter over bottom of dish.
2. Melt butter or heat oil in large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add apples and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; toss gently to combine.
3. Gently stir in figs. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.

Prepare the Topping

1. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add butter or margarine and rub with fingertips until coarse meal forms.
2. Add milk or soymilk and almond extract, stirring with fork until moist dough forms. Drop dough by the tablespoonful atop fruit in dish.

Bake and Serve

1. Bake until fruit is tender and topping is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve hot and bubbling with a scoop of ice cream on top.



DO AHEAD: Fruit mixture can be prepared one day ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.

SIMPLIFY: Use prepared frozen pastry dough in place of the topping. Defrost completely and drop in pieces over the cooked fruit.