Fig Linzer torte

Fig Linzer tart. Photograph: Harry Weir

Fig Linzer tart. Photograph: Harry Weir

Sat, Oct 16, 2021, 05:55

  • Serves: 12
  • Cooking Time: 160 mins
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Fusion


  • For the pastry
  • 120g hazelnuts
  • 120g almonds
  • 270g plain flour
  • 1/8tsp ground clove
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 160g caster sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest 1 orange
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • For the filling
  • 5-6 ripe fresh figs
  • 150g dried figs
  • 370g blackcurrant jam
  • Juice 1 orange


For the pastry
Blend the hazelnuts and almonds with two tablespoons of the flour in a food processor until fine, taking care not to over process the nuts as they will become oily.

2 Add the nuts to a large bowl and sift in the remaining flour, spices, baking powder and salt. Rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

3 Add the sugar, lemon and orange zests, egg and egg yolk, and mix until the dough just comes together. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least two hours.

For the filling
Quarter the fresh figs and roughly drop the dried figs. Add the fruit to a medium saucepan over a medium heat and add the orange juice. Simmer gently until the fruit has softened, about five minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.

2 Once cooled, blend the fig compote with the blackcurrant jam until smooth.

To assemble
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees or 160 fan. Divide the dough into two balls, one slightly larger for the base of the tart, and the second a little smaller for the lattice top. Place the smaller ball back in the fridge.

2 Roll the larger ball of dough out into a large circle on a lightly floured surface and line a 23cm loose-bottomed, non-stick fluted tart tin, leaving a little pastry hanging over the edge. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

3 Roll the second ball of dough out on a sheet of parchment paper into a rectangle about 10-12 inches. Cut strips of dough about ¾ inch thick x 12 inches. Transfer the sheet to the freezer.

4 Remove the tart tin from the freezer and spread over the cooled filling. Arrange the pastry strips on top in a lattice pattern. Bake the tart in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until golden and cooked through.

5 Leave to cool completely before serving.