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Almond Torte with Grilled Figs

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Hands-on time 1 hr, 30 mins
Cool time 2 hrs
Yield

Serves 10 to 12

From Erin Scott, creator of the blog (and cookbook) Yummy Supper, comes this lovely, not-too-sweet torte. It's equally good for dessert, a late-afternoon treat, or even breakfast. Almond flour gives it a rich, buttery texture; almond extract and sliced almonds heighten the flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 3 lightly packed cups almond meal*
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup light honey, such as orange blossom, plus 2 tbsp. for serving
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Generous pinch of flaky sea salt
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 16 ripe figs
  • 8 rosemary sprigs (5 in. each)
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche

Nutrition Information

  • calories 457
  • caloriesfromfat 66 %
  • protein 8.7 g
  • fat 34 g
  • satfat 12 g
  • carbohydrate 36 g
  • fiber 5.4 g
  • sodium 32 mg
  • cholesterol 78 mg

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Put almond meal, whole egg and yolk, 2/3 cup honey, the almond and vanilla extracts, lemon zest, salt, and melted butter in a medium bowl and stir together with a wooden spoon. The batter will be thick and sticky.

  2. Thoroughly butter a 10-in. tart pan with a removable rim. Scoop batter into pan and spread even. Chill filled pan in freezer, making sure pan is level, 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300°.

  3. Scatter almond slices over top of batter and slide pan into oven. Bake until entire surface is light golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. (Don't overbake--the torte should be moist.) Set on a rack and let cool completely before serving, about 2 hours.

  4. While torte cools, preheat a grill to medium-high (450°). Slide 2 whole figs onto each rosemary sprig and grill until juicy and warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. When cool enough to handle, slide off and cut into quarters.

  5. Serve slices of torte drizzled with 2 tbsp. honey, dolloped with crème fraîche, and topped with a few fig quarters.

  6. *Find at natural-foods stores and well-stocked grocery stores.

Yummy Supper