Fig and Toasted Hazelnut Shortbread – impressive yet so easy to make

My all-time favourite recipe for an impressive pud. The last time I made this Fig and Toasted Hazelnut Shortbread it went before I could take a photograph for you, so think it might have tasted OK. So easy to make. So scrummy. Would also have been wonderful with bananas instead of the figs. Or you could lavish a layer of Dulce de Leche under the whipped cream. Depends how decadent you are feeling!

Fig and Toasted Hazelnut Shortbread

Recipe by GraceCourse: Recipes, Sweet TreatsDifficulty: Easy



This will definitely impress your friends and family’s tastebuds…


  • 100g toasted hazelnuts

  • Handful toasted almonds

  • 200g plain flour

  • 150g soft butter, slightly salted

  • 80g caster sugar

  • Tsp fennel seeds (optional)

  • 2 medium egg yolks

  • 300ml double cream

  • Icing sugar

  • 6 ripe fresh figs, quartered or baby figs, halved

  • Maple syrup


  • Heat oven to 190 degrees/gas 5.
  • Whizz half the hazelnuts in processor until ground. Roughly chop the rest.
  • For the shortbread: whizz the flour, butter, sugar, fennel seeds (if using), egg yolks and ground hazelnuts in the food processor (or mix by hand) until combined.
  • Tip the dough onto the work surface and form into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and bung in the fridge for half an hour or so until firmed up.
  • On lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a large circle. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 20 mins until lightly golden.
  • Wait for 5 mins, then transfer to cooling rack until cold.
  • Whip cream (with more icing sugar if you like it really sweet) and pile onto the shortbread circle. Arrange the figs, chopped hazelnuts and almonds on top and drizzle with maple syrup. Then dust with extra icing sugar.

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