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Dalmatian Fig Torte
Dalmatinska torta od smokvi

Fresh figs grow in Croatia and are used in some desserts. This cake though, is made with dried figs, making it easy to obtain the main ingredient, not to mention more affordable too!

Serves 10 to 14

Cake layer:
1 1/2 cups ground almonds or walnuts, plus additional (optional) for garnish
1 cup chopped dried figs
1 cup raisins
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
9 egg whites
10 tablespoons sugar

1 package (6 ounces) vanilla pudding mix (not instant)
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

Cake Layer: mix the nuts, figs, raisins and flour together in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10" round cake pan. Beat the egg whites over medium speed, slowly increasing the speed to high as you gradually add the sugar. Beat until high, soft peaks form.

Fold the egg whites into the flour mixture and then pour into prepared pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on rack to cool.

Filling: combine the pudding mix, sugar, and vanilla extract and 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl. Stir until smooth and blended. Heat the remaining 2 cups of milk in a double boiler until boiling. Stir in the pudding mixture, and bring to a boil once more, while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Cream the butter. Then beat in the pudding 1 tablespoon at a time until you have
completely blended in all of the pudding mixture.

Assembly: cut the cake layer in two horizontal pieces, place filling between the layers, reserving some filling for the sides and top of the cake. Decorate by sprinkling ground nuts on top if so desired.

$ Make the cake layer a day ahead. Just cover in foil so it doesn't dry out.
? Use low-fat or skim milk.

Source: The Best of Croatian Cooking

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