Date, Fig and Almond Tart




240 gms unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

2 cups plain flour, sifted

220 g cream cheese, chilled

2 tbsp. sour cream

Pinch sea salt


1 cup dried figs

1 cup pitted dates

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 ½ cups almond meal

To finish

Coarse sugar

1 large egg, beaten



Preheat oven to 160C.

For the filling, combine figs, dates, sugar, water, & salt in a medium saucepan

& bring to the boil over a medium heat reduce the heat & simmer for around 5

minutes or until syrupy. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, to make the dough, combine the butter, flour in food processor &

process until junks of butter are broken up & mixture has taken on consistency of

wet sand.

Transfer to a mixing bowl, add salt, cream cheese & sour cream & mix together

vigorously with your hands, breaking up the cream cheese & working it into the

flour with your fingers until the mixture just comes together.

Turn out onto a well floured surface and work the dough into a ball.

Line and grease a springform tin and roll the dough into a disc the same size as

the bottom of the tin. Press the circle of dough into the tin and set aside.

Add the almond meal to the fig and date syrup, mix until all the ingredients are

thoroughly combined.

Spoon the mixture on top of the dough in the cake tin making sure to completely

cover it.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until pastry is cooked and topping is set.

Dust with icing sugar and serve.