A sweet treat that’s great for lunch at your desk or a picnic in the park
Prep time: 50 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Total time: 1 hr 5 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
- 250g (8oz) mixture soft figs, stoned Medjool dates and soft, dried apricots (about 6 of each fruit)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger or ground mixed spice
- Finely grated zest of 1 orange and 6 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice Icing sugar, for dusting
For the pastry:
- 250g (8oz) plain flour
- 150g (5 oz) butter, chopped
- 60g (2oz) light muscovado sugar or caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 medium egg yolks
- To make the pastry: Put the flour and butter in a food processor and whizz to a fine-crumb stage. Add the sugar, vanilla and egg yolks and whizz again to bind the mixture, adding 1-2 teaspoons water, if necessary.
- Knead lightly and flatten to an oblong, wrap in cling film and chill for about 30 minutes.
- To make the filling: Put the fruits, spice, orange juice and zest, and the lemon juice into the food processor (no need to wash it after the pastry ingredients). Whizz the filling to a rough paste.
- Set the oven to Gas Mark 5 or 190°C. Divide the pastry in half. Roll out one piece and trim to a strip about 35.5 x 13cm (14 x 5in). Spoon half the fruit filling down the strip, nearer to one side to a width of about 4cm (1½in). Fold the pastry over to make it look like a sausage roll. Press the edges of the pastry together and shape the filling neatly inside the pastry, then flatten it a little. Trim the pastry edge to neaten it. Cut each strip into 10 biscuits. Score the top of each one twice with a sharp knife.
- Transfer them to a buttered baking sheet. Then, do the same with the rest of pastry and filling.
- Bake the rolls for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar.
- The rolls will keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.