Fig Torte & A Paper Lovely Giveaway

**This giveaway is now closed, and a winner has been selected. Thanks to everyone who participated!!**

Fig Almond Torte

If there’s anything better than summer, it’s late summer when fig season begins. I have a serious love affair with this fruit, but you wouldn’t know it considering that I’ve only written about them once in the two years I’ve been blogging. Oh the injustice!!

After a few false starts with some early season picks, we’ve arrived at the peak of fig season at our market. Plump Brown Turkey figs as sweet as nectar, with a good weight in the hand, vanish practically on sight. With fruit this ripe and delicious, you don’t need to do much. But since I seem to have issues of self-control at market stands, particularly in the presence of high-quality produce from farmers I know and believe in, alternatives have to be found, and I’m happy to have come across Molly‘s recipe for an Apricot Almond Torte. Replace figs for apricots, add a dash of rum and increase the amount of almonds used, and we have a sophisticated treat for weekday breakfasts.

Paper Lovely Letterpress

Since this torte will probably be gone by the time you read this, I’ve got another treat in store for you. When I started Beyond the Plate, I was on the hunt for a good stationery designer for my blog’s business cards. After all the effort that went into designing the look and feel of this site, I wasn’t going to settle for a run-of-the-mill print job! Instead, I indulged my inner stationery geek and worked with the delightful Kim Burks at Paper Lovely on custom designed letterpress business cards. Yes, yes, I know, this isn’t the most rational decision out there, but I’d argue that rationality and aesthetics don’t always go hand-in-hand. Besides, what better way to stand out from the crowd than with a letterpress calling card?

Custom letterpress stationery
Paper Lovely’s Assorted Coasters and Personalized Stationery Set {Images courtesy of Paper Lovely}

Because I know that my readers are likely to be people with a good sense of style, who pay attention to the small details and love to entertain, Kim and I have been working on a giveaway to help round out your summer entertaining season (or, if you’re living in the Southern Hemisphere, begin yours).

Up for grabs is a set of 12 assorted letterpress coasters for a fun twist to brunches and soirรฉes, and a set of personalized stationery with 20 flat notes and envelopes for hand-written invitations and thank you notes.

To win both items, just leave a comment below sharing your answer to the question: “When was the last time you wrote or received a hand-written note?”

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide and ends at midnight PST on Tuesday, September 13. One lucky reader will be picked at random and I’ll announce the results next week.

And now, the recipe!

Fig Almond Torte

Fig Almond Torte

Adapted from Orangette / Serves 8

I use Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal for this, but you could certainly make your own by whizzing up blanched almond slivers in the food processor. I recommend either slicing the figs lengthwise till they’re about ยผ-inch thick or quartering them, arranging them in a pretty little circle. I wouldn’t halve the figs, however, as they’d sink to the bottom, and miss out on the chance to get all sticky and caramel-like. Unless of course, you’re looking to make a Fig Torte Tatin. While we tend to enjoy this torte au naturel, I imagine it’d be equally good with ice-cream, mascarpone or lightly whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 2ยฝ ounces/ 71 grams blanched almond meal
  • 2ยฝ ounces/ 71 grams all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick/ 113 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ounces/ 100 grams sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light rum
  • 2 large eggs
  • About 4 to 5 ripe figs, sliced or quartered depending on your preference (see headnote)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/ 200C. Line the base of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper, then tighten the springform ring to keep the parchment in place, trimming the excess.
  2. Stir together the almond meal, flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside while you prepare the wet ingredients.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale yellow and fluffy. Switch to the lowest speed setting then add the rum, the dry ingredients and the eggs. Return the speed to medium and beat for another 5 minutes until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared springform pan, using your spatula to spread the mixture so that it evenly covers the base of the pan. Arrange the fig pieces atop the batter and bake for 45 minutes or until the top of the cake turns golden brown. A toothpick test should also come out clean.
  5. Run a knife around the perimeter of the cake before unlocking the pan, then leave to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Brown Turkey Figs

Disclosure: This giveaway was made possible via a donation from Paper Lovely.

75 Comments

  1. Amy

    I love picking out cards so I tend to write cards a lot. The last one was to my mum in Australia, telling her how much I missed her. The last time I received a note was for my one year wedding anniversary.

  2. What a lovely recipe, I’d love to try it! And the letterpress giveaway is equally lovely. So here goes. I am a mail enthusiast so I write letters/postcards almost everyday. The last time I wrote a letter was about 12 hours ago and I will be writing another in a few minutes. The last notes I received were delivered yesterday, they were postcards from several countries. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just love mail!

  3. This torte looks just beautiful, ive never baked with figs but have been really wanting to lately, really does sound divine! In answer to your giveaway question i received a few lovely notes for my birthday a couple of weeks back ๐Ÿ™‚ I adore handwritten letters so this giveaway is simply lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. First of all, I can hardly get past that lovely torte. It’s just perfect right now for using figs and I have been doing my part, but here’s another recipe that is calling out to me. Secondly, I do write handwritten notes frequently but I have a feeling bloggers are that way and love the printed word in all forms, especially the old-fashioned letter and note.

  5. Jess G

    My grandparents really appreciate hand-written “just because” notes and thank you notes, so I try to check in with a nice card on a regular basis. It makes me happy to take the time and create something and it makes them happy to get a well thought out note!

  6. Claudia

    What a beautiful recipe! I also love figs and am always looking for new ways to use them while they are in season. I always write handwritten cards to say “thank you” for a nice dinner or when a friend lets me stay with them while visiting a new place: the last one I sent was less than a month ago to an extremely nice family in Norway who went out of their way to take care of me.

  7. I bought my first two cartons of figs recently, and I had no idea what to do with them. I am definitely making this.

    For your question, I am actually pretty good about writing notes. I just wrote one today, in fact, to my aunt. However, I don’t think I have received a note for quite some time. The last hand-written (more like hand-drawn) one was probably from my 5-yr old cousin. Sending me a picture she drew and asking me to send her some shells from the beach. Too cute!

  8. Francesca Holland

    This torte looks simply gorgeous! I have some figs lying around, but I think they may be destined for a compote with some honey and maybe orange. But this is certainly another option…hm….

    And in answer to the question- I don’t think I can remember the last time I got a handwritten note other than a card! My mom will include a card if she sends me something even if there’s no occasion, just saying some sweet words- usually brightens me right up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Beautiful torte, Danielle. I adore figs. The last time I wrote a hand-written note was yesterday! I gave Matt a handwritten card because it was our 2 year wedding anniversary. He gave me one, too, because he knows how much I love cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

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