There's nothing like a freshly made crepe, fresh out of the pan, still steaming and with the aroma of vanilla essence wafting through the kitchen :)

 

Making crepes is easy and quick. They are also delicious. The versatility of combination, both sweet and savoury, is another great benefit.

 

The advantage of making them at home is that you can make them entirely to your own taste: thinner, thicker, smaller or larger, adding extra ingredients such as flavourings, vanilla essence, lemon zest or seasonings such as pepper or oregano, if you prefer them savoury: the sky's the limit...

 

 

Ingredients for 8 units

  • 110 g pastry flour 
  • 240 ml milk
  • 2 large eggs (better if they are L) 
  • 15 ml Sugar (optional) 
  • 2g Salt 
  • Lemon zest to taste Vanilla flavouring to taste Butter or cooking oil
  • For the filling: homemade dried fig jam to taste

 

Some tips you should know before preparing them

 

This recipe will make about 8 crepes. Depending on your sweet tooth, multiply the ingredients by the amount you want to make :)

 

To help you get started, we have included our favourite recipe for homemade fig jam to accompany your crepes. Here you can follow the instructions on how to make it. But before we get to that, let's go over a few things you need to know about the ingredients.

 

An important recommendation: sieve the flour, the preparation is much finer and without lumps.

 

If you are lactose intolerant or simply prefer a vegetable milk, soy milk does not usually interfere so much with the taste of the crepe itself. Oat milk "zero" (the one without sugar) is also very mild. Another thing you can do is to use half milk and half water.

 

As for the preparation, you can use the traditional whisk or an electric mixer. Whatever is most convenient for you. 

 

If you want all the crepes to be the same size and thickness, use a ladle. If you are not that fussy, you can use the same glass that you whipped the batter in. 

 

 

Preparation for the crepe batter

 

Add the eggs to the mixing bowl and then add the milk (or half water and half milk), add the salt, the sugar (remember that this is optional), the lemon zest and the vanilla essence. Beat all the ingredients well. 

 

When you see that the mixture has a uniform consistency, add the sifted flour. 

Beat again vigorously until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.

 

Once you have a semi-thick batter, cover it and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

 

After that time, grease a non-stick frying pan with melted butter or neutral oil. If you overdo it, remove the excess with kitchen paper. Oil spray is usually very good. 

 

Heat the frying pan until it is hot. Then pour a portion of the batter into the centre of the frying pan and with the other hand, move it gently so that the batter spreads over the entire surface. 

 

Lower the temperature a little and let it cook for a couple of minutes. 

When you see that the edges are golden brown and start to pull away from the pan, you can carefully turn it over with a thin spatula.

Leave for another minute until golden brown.

 

Place them in a dish or container that allows you to cover them with a clean cloth. It is important to keep them warm and moist so that they do not dry out.

 

Once you have finished preparing them all, let them rest for a few minutes and then serve them with a delicious fig jam, or whatever you like best :)

 

Crepes are delicious and versatile and can be made quickly and easily at home. Whether you like them sweet or savoury, the combination possibilities are endless. Once you get the hang of it, experiment with different flavours and seasonings to create your own version. 

 

Enjoy them with homemade fig jam. Here is the recipe.

  

 

 

 

For more than 50 years, the family company Higos El Pajarero has been producing gourmet dried figs of excellent quality. The experience of both generations has allowed the company to constantly increase its production over the decades. 

 

Fuensanta Carrillo Pulido, manager of the company, tells us that she still remembers when they started out producing about 20,000 kg per year. As of October 2022 the quantities amount to 2,380,000 kg per year.

 

The company takes pride in its figs, and each one is carefully inspected for any imperfections before being packed and shipped to stores around the world. The end result is a product that is not only delicious, but also quality.

 

To this day, as demand continues to grow each year, the company is always looking for new ways to expand its reach and bring its incredible figs to even more people.

 

El Pajarero figs are marketed both in Spain and in other countries. In fact, you can find them in specialty stores in the United States, in several European countries and in some Asian countries. In this map you can see some of the countries where our product arrives. 

 

The delicious dried figs of Higos El Pajarero are elaborated with care and attention to detail in every step of the process, from the harvesting of the fruit to the packaging. The result is a truly unique product of excellent quality.

 

In addition to dried figs, what other products does Higos El Pajarero offer?

Currently, we not only sell dried figs in bulk, but also in different packages and sizes. We also produce other products based on El Pajarero dried figs

Among them, you can find: 

  • Fig bread with dried fruits.
  • Among them, we offer:
  • Bags of dried figs with rice flour of 500g. 
  • Bags of dried figs with rice flour of 1000g, 
  • 250g bags of dried figs BIO
  • Fig bonbons dipped in chocolate,
  • Figs cream 100 natural
  • Cream of figs with sesame and cinnamon
  • Dried figs cream with hazelnut and cocoa
  • Organic dried figs and blueberries bars
  • Organic dried fig and orange bars

And we are constantly developing to offer our customers a wide range of products made with our dried figs El Pajarero.

 

What can you see in the video?

If you haven't seen the video yet, you will be able to see the plantations and the whole production process throughout all the stages, both in Badajoz and Barcelona.

 

The first step is to find the right figs. We source figs from Extremadura, one of the best areas in Spain known for its high quality figs. Once the figs are harvested, they are taken to the Higos El Pajarero factory, where they are sorted, cleaned and stored.

This first part is carried out in the town of Cristina (Badajoz). 

 

Once this process is completed, they are transported to Barcelona and taken to the Sant Vicenç dels Horts plant for packaging, packing and shipping. Always with the highest standards of quality and food safety, even during packaging for shipment!

 

So if you are looking for a natural, delicious and healthy product, El Pajarero's gourmet dried figs are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, while providing important nutrients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium and calcium. In addition to consuming it on its own, you can also use it in delicious sweet or savory recipes. You will find them in this blog.

 

 

If you are looking for a special treat, be sure to try dried figs from Higos El Pajarero!

Delicious dried fig chocolates with chocolate and walnut hearts

 

 

With only three ingredients, this recipe of El Pajarero dried figs filled with walnuts and covered with dark chocolate will delight you. It's easy to prepare and a great snack for kids and adults.

Plus, the combination of the three ingredients is a great source of nutrients and antioxidants.

 

If you have children, ask them to help you; they will love to prepare this recipe with you. In that case, don't forget to increase the ingredients :)

 

 

What does each ingredient give us?

 

We know, it's hard to believe that something so delicious can also be so good for you, but it's true! These chocolates are made with three superfoods: walnuts, dried figs and chocolate. Not only will they delight your taste buds, but they will also give your body a much-needed boost. Let's take a closer look at these three ingredients and what makes them so special.

 

Dried figs

Dried figs are one of the best sources of fiber. In fact, a single fig contains more than 4 grams of fiber, which is 16% of the recommended daily intake. Fiber is important for maintaining regularity and promoting intestinal health. In addition, dried figs are a good source of calcium, iron and potassium.

 

 

Nuts

These are an excellent source of protein, fiber and healthy fats. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Studies have shown that eating nuts regularly can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation and improve blood sugar control. Not to mention they're a great source of energy, perfect for when you need a quick snack to get you through the afternoon slump.

 

 

Chocolate

We all know chocolate is delicious, but did you know it's also packed with antioxidants? Antioxidants help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause cell death. Dark chocolate, in particular, has been shown to improve heart health by reducing blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.

 

 

Ingredients for 10 chocolates

 

10 El Pajarero dried figs

5 walnuts

100 grams of dark chocolate 

 

 

Preparation

 

You will see how simple it is

 

1) Choose 10 El Pajarero dried figs that are not too small. And better if they can stand on their own on a plate. 

 

2) Cut the nuts into small pieces, the size depends on the figs you have chosen. Remember that each fig has a small piece of walnut inside. 

 

3) Make a small cut in each fig, deep enough to fit the small piece of walnut that you have previously cut.

 

4) Once you have filled each fig with its nut, put them aside.

 

5) Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie (see below how we do it).

 

6) Once ready, take the fig from the top (if it has a stalk, the better) and dip it in the melted chocolate. Place it on a plate or tray and let it cool.

 

You just have to enjoy them as you like! For example with a blanket, a movie and a sofa is a great plan!

 

 

Suggestions for choosing the ingredients

 

As for the dried figs, the ideal ones are the ones from El Pajarero, as their sweetness, texture and sweetness are special for this recipe. They complement perfectly with the walnuts and the dark chocolate.

 

As for the walnuts, we have chosen those of Castilla, but you can also use California or Pecan nuts. With any of them they are also delicious. 

The walnuts come from the European walnut tree and autumn is the best season to consume them.

Macadamia nuts are not recommended, because they are harder than the others, and since we have to cut the nuts, it is not as practical as with the other varieties.

 

Now it's time for the chocolate :) We use a 70% dark chocolate for baking because it is much easier to melt. We chose one of sustainable cultivation and gluten free, but according to the possibilities of each one, if you already have one of reference, it will surely suit you well too.

 

The recipe has no complexity, the only thing that may take a little more time is to melt the chocolate. We suggest that you chop it up and place it in a bowl or bowl. Then put cold water in a pot in which the bowl fits comfortably, place it over low heat avoiding the water to boil and stir it with a wooden spoon.

It is true that you can also melt it in the microwave, but on the stove, you have more control....

 

As you can see, these chocolates are not only delicious, but also nutritious. So the next time you're looking for a sweet treat that will also give your body a boost, grab a handful of these chocolates instead of nutrient-empty tidbits. Your body - and your taste buds - will thank you :)

 

 

 

 

Salads are a great way to add extra nutrition to your diet. They're perfect for when you're short on time, or when you want something light and refreshing. This dried fig, goat's cheese and spinach salad is a great option for any occasion. It's easy to make and can be prepared in advance. It is also nutritious and very fresh. 

 

This salad is perfect to accompany a meat or fish dish. Or if you don't have much of an appetite, you can have it as a main course.

 

So if you're looking for a salad option, give it a try!

 

Now let's get to it:

 

Ingredients for two servings

 

  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 
5 El Pajarero dried figs
  • 30 grams of fresh goat's cheese, crumbled
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

 

 

Preparation

In this case, we are going to prepare the dressing first, as it will be very useful to leave it to rest in the fridge while we prepare our salad with the rest of the ingredients.

 

First, add the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and ground pepper and mix. Then pour the mixture into a container with a lid and put it in the fridge. Let it rest (the longer the better).

 

Secondly, we are going to prepare the base of the salad. 

First cut the stems off the dried figs and cut them into three or four parts.

Wash and quarter (or halve) the cherry tomatoes.

Crumble the fresh goat's cheese and set aside.

Fillet the almonds. Then heat a frying pan over medium heat and toast the almonds. They cook very quickly. Our advice is to keep stirring them so they don't burn.

Another suggestion, if you can get the slivered almonds, buy them, it's a step you save yourself :)

 

Choose a bowl in which you are comfortable mixing the ingredients. Put first the fresh spinach, dried figs, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, almonds and mix everything carefully so that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

 

Just before serving, drizzle the dressing over the top.

 

A Tip you may be interested in

If you are short on time, you can prepare the base and leave it in the fridge 24 hours in advance (without dressing, of course). Our advice is to prepare the dressing as well. And when you serve it, dress it. 

 

You'll have a very nutritious and healthy salad in a couple of minutes, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it ;) 

 

When it comes to salads, the possibilities are endless. But sometimes we all need a little inspiration. This dried fig, goat cheese and spinach salad is a great option for any occasion. It's easy to make, nutritious and very fresh.

 

So next time you're looking for a salad option, give this one a try! You won't be disappointed.

 

 

snack in minutes with whipped cream cheese, dried figs, mango and seasonal fruits

 

It's summer, the middle of August and we're in "holiday mode". It's quite hot and we feel like eating light, fresh and, above all, quick to prepare, to avoid spending long hours in the kitchen. 

 

Today we want to share with you a fresh, healthy and delicious snack that you can prepare in 5 minutes... (Or less).

 

Why is this recipe especially for athletes?

This snack is a great option for athletes, as it provides them with carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.

 

Whipped cream cheese contains a high protein content, mostly casein, a slow-absorbing protein. Skimmed cheese is the perfect non-fat substitute for cream. It is gluten-free, which also makes it ideal for coeliacs.

 

It also has no added sugar. The sweetness of our snack has been achieved thanks to the sweetness of our El Pajarero dried figs, another food rich in iron, magnesium and calcium that will give you everything your muscles need. 

 

Another advantage of this recipe is that you don't need a long list of ingredients, you don't have to use heat and you'll have it ready in just a few minutes. So if you're short on time or just looking for something new to try, this recipe will be perfect for you. Without further ado, let's get started!

  

Ingredients for two servings

  • 200g 0% fat whipped cream cheese or the one of your choice 
  • 6 dried figs "El Pajarero"
  • 80g ripe mango
  • 1 golden or green kiwi
  • 2 large strawberries
  • Chia seeds
  • Optional: honey, banana and seasonal fruits of your choice.

 

Preparation

Cut the figs in half. The advantage of our El Pajarero dried figs is that as they are small, you won't need many cuts.

 

Peel the mango and dice it. Do the same with the kiwi, strawberries and any other fruit you have decided to add.

 

Once you have the fruits ready, separate the whipped cream cheese into two bowls (100 grams each). Spread the fruit on top of the whipped cheese and here's a tip: if you play with the colours of the fruit, it will be even more appetising ;) 

 

Set aside in the fridge for a couple of minutes.

 

Before eating, sprinkle with chia seeds. Another option is to add chopped walnuts.

 

As mentioned above, this recipe is sugar-free. The sweetness will be achieved with our El Pajarero dried figs. And also if the fruits you have added are at the right point of ripeness.

However, if you think it lacks sugar, you can pour a thin trickle of honey on top. It will give it a delicious and natural touch.

  

This recipe is perfect for summer and as you can see, it is very easy to make, just mix all the ingredients and enjoy! 



 

On these hot days, you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing elaborate dishes. That's why today we bring you a delicious cold skewer of salmon (or ham) and dried figs that you can prepare in just a few minutes.

 

They are a fresh, quick and healthy sweet and sour snack. Dried figs are high in fibre and antioxidants, making them a nutritious addition to this dish. Salmon is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. This easy appetizer can be prepared in minutes with just a few ingredients - give it a try!

 

Ingredients for two servings

  • 
2 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 slices of Iberian Ham
  • 4 El Pajarero dried figs
  • 4 dices of Mango
  • 4 cubes of avocado
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil to taste

 

Preparation

 

Remove the stalks from the El Pajarero dried figs and if they have flour, wash them.
 

Cut all the ingredients into cubes
 

Thread them onto wooden skewers, alternating them as you like. 
 

Once you have the skewers ready, place them on a plate or platter where they will fit comfortably.
 

Drizzle them with olive oil, turning them so that it soaks in well.
 

Grind some pepper on top


Let them rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
 

Serve well chilled.
 

If you prefer, you can add different sauces and sesame seeds, chopped peanuts or chia seeds. But you will see that they are also very good on their own.

Tip: when you thread the cubes onto the wooden skewer, play with the colours ;)

 

Ready to try them? As you can see, they are really easy to make. In a few minutes your dinner will be ready. 

It can be ideal for inviting friends over, you're sure to surprise them. With salads and very fresh drinks they look great.
 

We hope you enjoy them!

Pear and dried fig pancakes: the perfect healthy and delicious  Combination!

 

Start your day with a delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare breakfast. These pear and dried fig pancakes will give you the energy you need to get through the morning. They're loaded with fibre, protein and antioxidants, making them the perfect way to start your day. Best of all, they're delicious. So try them today and let us know.

  

Without further ado, let's get cooking!

 

  

Ingredients

 

5 El Pajarero dried figs

 

3 tablespoons of oats (30 g) 

 

2 eggs

 

2 medium pears

 

Toppings (optional) Here are some suggestions at the end of the recipe

 

  

Preparation

 

First wash and cut the peeled pears into small cubes and the El Pajarero dried figs into small pieces.

  

Then mix the oat flakes with the eggs. We will obtain a semi-liquid preparation.

  

Next, add the figs and pears to the previous mixture.

 

Heat a non-stick frying pan and add a very small amount of oil or butter (just enough so that they do not stick together). Then with a large spoon, add two or three tablespoons of the preparation, the amount depends on the size of the pancake you prefer and also on the size of your frying pan.

 

Cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes. When they turn  lightly golden brown, you can flip them over. They cook quite quickly.

 

They are delicious on their own, but you can add toppings if you prefer. We have tried them with walnuts and one of these:

 

Dulce de leche

 

Grated bitter chocolate

 

Cream (or whipped cream)

 

A scoop of vanilla ice cream

 

If you add a different topping to the ones we have suggested, let us know. We are always looking for new combinations :)

 

Ready to try these delicious El Pajarero pear and dried fig "pancakes"? We're sure you're going to love them! 

 

We'd love to hear what you think on our social networks. 

 

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If you're looking for a recipe of Oporto chicken with dried figs, you may find many recipes, especially in books (or blogs) relating to French cuisine. Dried figs, due to their versatility, are very popular in European countries, that’s why people use them often.

 

Still, we have prepared this recipe to make it as easy as possible step by step. It’s likely that this will be the easiest chicken Oporto with dried figs recipe you’ll find on the internet.

 

Now without further ado, let’s reveal our special recipe. We hope you'll be surprised by this amazing combination of flavors. It’s pretty easy to make. Let 's go! 

 

Ingredients for four servings

  • 4 hind quarters of free-range chicken
  • 200 grams of dried figs El Pajarero 
  • 200 ml of water or broth
  • 200 ml Oporto wine
  • 50 ml apple vinegar
  • Rosemary, salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 300g of fine peas for garnish

 

Preparation

Marinate the figs in the port and vinegar at least one hour in advance. 

 

Once marinated, drain the figs and put them apart. Keep the juice from the marinade.

 

Meanwhile, add two tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan covering the entire base. While it's heating, season the chicken with salt, black pepper and rosemary. Brown the chicken on both sides. 

 

While the hindquarters are browning, take the liquid left over from the marinade, mix it with water, cook it and reduce it until you get a dense sauce.

 

Finally mix it with the figs.

 

As the figs El Pajarero (variety calabacita) are small in size, we introduce them whole in the reduced sauce and put them aside for a few minutes. We left the stalks, but if you prefer, you can remove them before soaking them in Oporto.

 

Now it is time to serve. On a bed of sauce, place a portion of chicken and some figs on top. You can add a few drops of sauce if you like. 

 

Leave room for the fine peas, which should be steamed with a pinch of salt. And if you prefer, drizzle them with a few drops of olive oil.

 

As a suggestion, serve it with a mixed seasonal vegetables salad. It combines perfectly with the sweet and sour flavor of the chicken with dried figs in Oporto.

 

If you've worked up an appetite, come on, let's get cooking!

 

Picture with cheese, jam and dried figs

 

My great grandmother used to prepare this Dried figs and nuts in jam, and I still remember it. I was young and this one was one of the first recipes she taught us to make. Today it’s still one of the family’s favorites. This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and, even though it's almost intact, there have been some details added to it that have made it even more delightful.

 

Everyone in my family loves it and they still make it. IT also offers many possibilities, for example, my mother spreads it on toasted bread or fresh out of the oven. My nephews combine them with cheese, especially brie, goat cheese and camembert. My sister in law uses it to fill pastries and cakes. My brother loves adding it to meat.

 

Since we’re certain you’ll like it, we’ll provide you with the recipe so you can make it yourself. I’m sure you’ll find all kinds of creative combinations. The good thing about this recipe is that, besides the great properties that dried figs have for your health, they are much more long lasting than fresh figs and therefore, available all year round, so you can make this jam whenever you like :)

 

Ingredients

  

1 kg of dried figs El Pajarero

 

5 cups of water (1250 ml)

 

3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

 

200 g walnuts (chopped small)

 

1 cup pine nuts

 

Anise seeds (to taste)

 

Sesame seeds (to taste)

 

500 g. of sugar (Our recipe calls for a small amount of sugar. If you like it very sweet, add more sugar, but the dried fig variety el pajarero is so sweet, that in our recipe we only add 200 g.)

 

 

Preparation

 

Firstly prepare the syrup by pouring water, sugar and the lemon juice in a big pot.

 

Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon and set it to high heat until it boils.

 

Lower the fire and let it simmer in low heat without covering it for 8 minutes.

 

Drop the dried figs without the stems and the anise seed in the syrup that you’ve prepared in the previous step and let it cook in low heat (without covering it) for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast the sesame seeds and nuts separately.

 

To toast the sesame seeds do the following: Place an unoiled pan to medium heat. Add the sesame seeds and move them constantly with a wooden spoon until the seeds start to look a bit more golden, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the fire and let them cool down before adding them.

 

Crush or mince the walnuts with your hands (you don’t need the pieces to be very small).

 

Use the same pan you used for the sesame seeds, place it on medium heat, add the chopped walnuts and move them for about 2 to 3 minutes or until it changes the color lightly. Let them cool down and put them aside.

 

When it’s been 20 minutes of cooking at low heat the figs in the syrup add the raw pine nuts, toasted sesame seed and walnuts.

 

Stir in very well until all the ingredients are perfectly combined. Cook them at low heat for more than one minute and then let it cool down.

 

Pour the jam in glass containers and close them well. Place them in your freezer. Enjoy!

 

This jam oozes a delicate and fruity aroma, its colors are vibrant and they add a beautiful profusion of colors in the glass containers.

 

Everytime I prepare the jam from dried figs and walnuts, I travel through time and I see myself in my great grandmother's kitchen, a small place but with a big kitchen and, in the corner her old wooden bowl, silvers spoons and a big container with dried figs that she would dehydrate herself.

 

What do you say? Dare to try it? We bet you do! ;)

Pancake with dried figs and apple

 

Every sunrise is a new beginning, so why not start the day with something special? This morning, we challenge you to prepare pancakes with dried figs and apples. They're sweet, nutritious and, best of all, quick and easy to make! Forget about flour, sugar and milk. All you need are a few simple ingredients and about 10 minutes. And since we'll prepare them in a skillet, you don't have to wait for the oven to heat up.

 

Let's get cooking!

 

Ingredients for two servings (for a 18cm diameter pan)

  • 3 dried figs El Pajarero
  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal (30 g)
  • half a teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • Half an apple cut into thin slices
  • Cinnamon to taste

 

Preparation

First of all, combine the oat flakes with the baking powder, add the egg and mix. We'll get a semi-liquid preparation.

Heat a non-stick frying pan and place the mixture.

Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the dried figs and apples.

Take the lid off and spread the apple slices all around, following a circular pattern, add the dried figs and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

 

Cover again and let it cook for 4 or 5 minutes more.

 

Meanwhile, enjoy the appetizing aroma of cinnamon and figs cooking while they slowly expand in your pan.

 

Ready to try this delicious and nutritious recipe?

Serve and enjoy it warm with freshly brewed tea or coffee.

Let us know how it turned out on our social networks! We look forward to hearing your opinion.

 

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