Fig, Almond and Clotted Cream

Featuring figs, almonds and clotted or double cream, this dessert would make the perfect after-dinner party treat with special friends and family.

It’s fun to put together and doesn’t use too many ingredients.

Read: Fig, Plum and Hazelnut Muffins

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 8 sheets of filo pastry
  • 80g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 75g flaked almonds, toasted
  • 4 tablespoons clotted or whipped heavy cream
  • 4 ripe figs, stems trimmed and crossed to press open
  • 2 tablespoons honey

To serve:

  • 200g clotted or whipped heavy cream

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan)/325°F/gas 3 and grease four 10cm tart tins, 1.5cm deep.

On a lightly floured surface, cut out 12×12cm squares from the filo pastry. From the remaining pastry, cut out eight discs, using a 5cm round cutter.

Read: Fast and Fruity Filo Slice

Brush one filo disc with melted butter on one side and place it butter-side down into a tart tin. Lightly brush three of the filo squares on both sides with melted butter, then cut them in half into triangles. Arrange the triangles evenly on the disc like petals, then seal them with another filo disc on top (this will ensure light, flaky and crisp croustades). Repeat to assemble the remaining three tart shells.

Bake the tarts for eight to 10 minutes until crisp and golden, then carefully place them on a wire rack to cool. Remove from the tins once cool.

Put the sugar in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat; do not stir but carefully swirl in the pan until the sugar is brown and caramelised. This should take about three to four minutes. Toss in the almonds to coat them.

Read: Chocolate Nut Figs

Place a dollop of clotted cream into each filo shell, add a fig, top with a scattering of caramelised almonds and drizzle with honey. Serve topped with a dollop of clotted cream.

BUTTER: Comforting, Delicious, Versatile, Over 130 Recipes Celebrating Butter by James Martin, published by Quadrille, photography John Carey. Available now.

Do you like figs? What’s your favourite way to eat them? Let us know in the comments section below.

– With PA

If you enjoy our content, don’t keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.

LOADING MORE ARTICLE...