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Fig and raspberry crostata


You'll need

10 figs, halved or quartered, depending on size 1 tbsp vanilla sugar (see note) 120 gm raspberries (about 1 punnet), plus extra to serve To serve: crème fraîche   Sweet pastry 200 gm flour 150 gm cold butter, coarsely chopped 100 gm caster sugar 40 gm egg (about ¾ egg), lightly whisked   Frangipane 50 gm butter 50 gm pure icing sugar 50 gm almond meal 1 tsp plain flour 1 egg, lightly whisked 20 ml dark rum

Method

  • 01
  • For sweet pastry, place flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and freeze until well chilled (30-35 minutes). Meanwhile, combine sugar, egg and 1 tsp salt in a bowl, whisking until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until required. Process flour and butter in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Gradually add chilled egg mixture, pulsing to combine. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface, bring pastry together with the heel of your hand, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (1½-2 hours). Roll pastry out between 2 sheets of baking paper to a 30cm-diameter circle and place on a baking paper-lined oven tray. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 170C. For frangipane, beat butter in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Combine icing sugar, almond meal and flour in a separate bowl and, with motor running, gradually add to butter until completely combined. Add egg, beating well to combine, then slowly beat in dark rum.
  • 03
  • Spread frangipane over prepared pastry, leaving a 3cm border. Lay figs on top, cut-side up, fold in pastry border, pleating as you go, then scatter with vanilla sugar. Bake until light golden (25-30 minutes). Reduce oven to 160C, scatter with raspberries and bake until golden (15-20 minutes). Serve with extra raspberries and crème fraîche.
Note Vanilla sugar is available in the baking section of most supermarkets.

“The family went to Rockpool to celebrate my son’s 21st. The food was great, in particular the fig and raspberry crostata. He’d like to try and make this at home, so please request this recipe from chef Catherine Adams.”
James Donnelly, Lindfield, NSW

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  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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