This jam is SO easy to make and ridiculously delicious! I made this pie crust, I know...it's not the prettiest but trust me it tasted great! BUT, feel free to use a store-bought crust to make it even easier. OH...and make a triple batch to give away as gifts....your friends will LOVE you!! ....even more;)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
12 dried figs
3 tablespoons brandy or apple juice
1/2 cup nuts, such as hazelnuts or walnuts, toasted * see Tip below
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, figs, and brandy (or apple juice) over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. This will soften the figs.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for about 10 minutes. Place into a food processor and add the nuts. Blend until smooth and thick.
*Tip: To toast the nuts: preheat a 350 degree F oven. Arrange the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the nut, or just until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.
one pie dough (homemade or store-bought)
fresh thyme leaves or powered sugar for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Make, chill and roll out your favorite pie dough on a floured surface OR roll out a store-bought pie crust. Transfer the dough onto a heavy baking sheet that has been lined with a silpat or parchment paper.
Spread the jam on top of dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold the dough border over the filling to form an 8-inch round, pleating loosely and pinching to seal any cracks in the dough.
Bake the crostata until the crust is golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool. Sprinkle with fresh thyme if it's on hand, or dust with the powdered sugar,
This is great for entertaining since it can be served warm or at room temperature. Enjoy! xx L