Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Desserts :: Honeyed Fig + Lavender Crostata

Photo by Karen Mordechai

We love these gorgeous Crostatas, light and fruity. Use beautiful end of the season figs and a sprinkle of lavender, a sweet departure from the traditional cakes & pies. Recipe adapted from food & wine

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1/8 cup sugar
Kosher salt
¾ stick cold unsalted butter cut into ½ cubes
1/8 cup water (+ extra if needed)

6-8 figs cut into 6 wedges each
1.5 tbsp honey
2 tsp lemon juice
Zest of ½ lemon
¼ tsp chopped lavender + more for garnish

1 egg beaten + 1 tbsp water

In a food processor pulse together flour sugar and salt. Slowly add butter cubes and pulse until small peas form. Slowly add water and pulse until dough gathers. Form disc , wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll disc out on lightly floured surface until 1/8 inch thick. Cut out 3 5.5 inch rounds (use any jar top or bowl!), rewrap in plastic, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ¾ of your figs, 1 tbsp honey, ½ tsp lavender, lemon juice, and a half of your zest in a bowl. Distribute figs amongst the center of your rounds leaving ¾ to an inch of border. Fold over sides, and brush with egg wash. Bake for 35 minutes, rotating pan half way through.

Let crostatas rest for 10 minutes. Combine left over honey and figs and distribute on top of cooled crostatas. Zest last quarter of lemon on top, and garnish with lavender. Serve!

All Food Styling + Photos by Karen Mordechai


  1. Ok, i'm obsessing over that gold necklace peeking through! Where's it from???

  2. The necklace is a Golden Bear -- the symbol of Vail! They come in all different sizes. This is the Mama Bear :)

  3. they looked wonderfully aromatic and casual enough for a lazy Sunday with vague memories of summer in the Med:)

  4. Oo i love figs, this looks delish! Quick and easy recipe too. Right, this is going on my weekend to-do list, thanks!

  5. it looks delicious! i love that figs are so intricate on the inside.

    i also was wondering about the necklace!! thanks for the link above :)

  6. That would be a great change for Thanksgiving! Perfect!

  7. Do you happen to know what silver pattern that is? It's so pretty!

  8. thanks everybody, hi jessica - are you referring to the silverware in the photos ? they are old vintage pieces that i've collected over time so I'm sorry I don't have too much info about it.