These are my version of a very traditional biscuit and I have to say they’re good. No added sugar either, as all the sweetness comes from the fruit. The pastry is quite crumbly but handle it gently and you’ll be fine. Perfect for when you have a moment of peace with a cup of coffee.
- Yield: 16
- Preparation Time: 25 Minutes
- Cooking Time: 45 Minutes
- First make the pastry. Put the flour, ground almonds and baking powder into a bowl with a pinch of salt. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until you have a mixture that resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and the milk, a tablespoon at a time, mixing until a soft dough forms. Make sure the dough isn’t too crumbly and if it is, add a little more milk. Form the dough into a ball and wrap it in cling film. Chill it in the fridge for up to an hour.
- Roughly chop the figs and put them in a saucepan with the orange juice and zest and a pinch of salt. Add 150 ml of water. Simmer until the figs start to break down and just about all of the liquid has evaporated – this will take 15–20 minutes. Keep stirring regularly. Remove the pan from the heat and cool down, then blitz the figs to a paste in a food processor. Chill for half an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle about 32 x 20 cm. Cut the dough in half lengthways, so you have 2 long strips. Divide the fig filling in half, and spread it in a long sausage shape down the centre of each strip of dough, leaving a border on each side. Moisten the uncovered edges with a little water, then bring them together over the filling, sealing them as you go. Roll over and carefully smooth over any cracks with a knife.
- Cut each strip of dough into 8 pieces, about 4 cm long, and arrange them on a baking tray. Mark lines across each fig roll with a fork if you like. Bake for 20–25 minutes until the pastry is completely cooked through and a lightly speckled golden brown. Remove the fig rolls from the oven and put them on a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.