Thursday, January 27, 2011

Homemade fig jam and walnuts, the sweetest pie you have ever had

Do you know how to make a fig jam and walnuts pie? This delicious dessert is not traditional in the way that you find it in local bakeries here, but it was a tradition in my family.

My mom loved to prepare it when we were little, usually after summer, when the fig jam was fresh and ready to be used. 


I recall in particular one nice episode: I was about 16 years old and I had 2 class mates coming home for the afternoon. We had organized to watch "Dirty Dancing" for the first time and we were so excited!!!


My mum didn't tell me anything about the pie, she just took it out after the movie for our afternoon snack and we all loved it!



Ingredients & preparation:
2 & 1/2 cups of all purpose flour (250 gr.), plus extra for rolling - 1 & 1/2 cup unsalted butter (150 gr.) - 3/4 cup sugar (100 gr.) - 1 egg - 1 teaspoon salt - lemon zest - walnuts - fig jam (homemade or from the shop)


In a bowl mix the sugar with the egg, the butter and the salt. Slowly add the flour and finally the lemon zest. Knead the dough until smooth, wrap it in plastic and place it in the fridge for about an hour.

After that roll out the pastry, not too thin (about 12 to 14 inches), then put it in a pie pan, pressing gently bottom and sides to give it the right shape. Now you can add a thin layer of fig jam and finally the walnuts.


Bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 180°degree (in fahrenheit should be 356*). Serve still warm with a lovely cup of tea.


I like the combination between the soft fig jam flavour and the crunchy walnuts and the crust. I suggest you try it. It will definetely sweeten your afternoon. Enjoy!


2 comments:

  1. Ma questa è una meraviglia! Giorgia ma sei una cuoca portentosa.
    Bacioni,
    Anita

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  2. grazie mille anita, cucinare mi piace e mi diverte, thanks a bunch!!! :)

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