Recently I had a workman at my apartment to fix something, and in chatting with him, I discovered that he had the most incredible passion for figs! Indeed, he had spent much of his non working life learning about them, and is now growing them with success on his block just north of Melbourne...
Two days later, he dropped off a few boxes for me to try out, and so this lovely Fig Tart was created!!
Please make this for morning or afternoon tea and enjoy with friends and their stories about what they are passionate about!
Recipe uses a large flan tart - 22.5cm but you could go slightly bigger as well with this recipe!
Pre heat Oven to 160° C
130g Soft Butter (unsalted)
160g Castor sugar
1/4 preserved lemon wedge chopped finely
1 Tbsp Orange zest
1 Tsp vanilla paste
3 eggs at room temperature
180g Almond meal
75g plain flour (sifted)
1/2 Tsp baking powder (sifted)
6 Ripe figs - de stemmed and quartered
1 Cup flaked almonds
90g of your favourite marmalade - I use Josh and Sue’s for this and also their preserved lemon!
In a mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, citrus rinds and vanilla paste and beat until light and fluffy - about 6 mins
Add one egg at a time to the mix, beating until mix combines between each new egg addition - this will stop the mix from splitting!
Once mix is combined, fold in almond flakes, and stir to combine
Spoon mix into tart case and spread evenly until you have a smooth surface
Press fig quarters into mix gently in any way that you think looks nice, then place into oven for about 45mins to cook. The tar will look golden and skewer will come out clean
While the tart is baking, put your marmalade into a microwave safe container and zap until melted - this will be your glaze for the top of the tart
When the tart is cooked, remove from oven and brush with the marmalade glaze until covered, then put back into oven for a couple of mins to heat again.
Serve on its own, or with a dollop of Creme fraiche or just with a sprinkle of icing sugar before you serve it!
Please tag me and let me know if you make this one - it’s a delicious bake and always gets rave reviews!