Fresh Fig and Almond Crostata
A tender almond filling and a buttery crust, both quickly blended in the food processor, complement delectable figs. The crostata is especially good warm.
For the Dough
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water
For the Filling
- 1/2 cup blanched almonds
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound ripe fresh figs (about 16), stemmed and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Make dough: In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water; pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, gradually add up to 2 tablespoons more water). Do not overmix. Flatten dough into a disk; wrap tightly in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (and up to 3 days).
Make filling: In food processor, combine almonds and sugar; process until finely ground. Add 1 egg, butter, flour, vanilla, and salt; pulse until smooth, and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine figs and lemon juice; set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a large lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll dough to a 14-inch round. Spread almond filling in center, leaving a 2-inch border; top with fig mixture. Fold border over edge of filling, pleating all around; press down gently to seal. In a small bowl, mix remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water; brush dough with egg wash.
Lifting edges of parchment, transfer crostata to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until crust is golden brown, about 1 hour. Let cool on baking sheet at least 30 minutes. To serve, cut crostata into wedges.
SourceEveryday Food Fresh Flavor Fast, 2010