Dalmatian Fresh Fig Tart Recipe (Dalmatinski Kolac od Smokvi)

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

It’s now Spring in Croatia, and that means its almost Fig season. Figs in Dalmatia are so popular, and where we live, they grow in abundance. So many, in fact, hundreds of figs are dried each summer to be enjoyed all year round. The baby donkey raises his hand daily, asking for them – one could say he is addicted! Figs are also used in making sweet treats, like this recipe for Dalmatian Fresh Fig Tart.

Fresh Fig Tarts are popular in many parts of Eastern Europe, and especially so here in Croatia.

Makes 1 (12-inch) Croatian Fresh Fig Tart

Dalmatian Fresh Fig Tart Recipe - Chasing the Donkey #Croatia

Dalmatian Fresh Fig Tart Recipe (Dalmatinski Kolac od Smokvi)

It's Spring, and that means its soon to be Fig season. With so many figs available you can enjoy making this Dalmatian fresh fig tart recipe.


Tart Dough

  • 13 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 16 ripe figs (light and/or dark), washed, stemmed and cut in half


Tart dough

  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar and flour and cut in butter as for pie dough.
  2. Combine egg yolk with 1 tablespoon heavy cream. Add to flour-sugar-butter mixture and bring pastry to a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours
  3. On a lightly floured surface roll pastry dough to a 14-inch circle and fit into a 12-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Return to refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes. You might have dough leftover. It's great for small tarts
  4. Heat oven to 190°C (377°F). Top pastry with a piece of parchment paper and place pie weights or dried beans on it. Bake for 12 minutes (this is known as baking blind) or until pastry is lightly golden. Remove the parchment and pie weights

The filling

  1. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine cream and honey and stir over medium heat until the honey has dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes
  2. In a large bowl, combine figs with half the honey-cream mixture, stirring to coat. Arrange the figs on the par-baked tart shell and drizzle the remaining honey-cream mixture on top
  3. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until juices are bubbling around the edge of tart. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before removing the tart ring. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
Dalmatian Fresh Fig Tart Recipe - Chasing the Donkey #Croatia

This mouthwatering recipe is thanks to Jasmina Brozović, who you can find on Google+ with the best recipes and photos from Croatia and around the world.

Have you made a Fresh Fig Tart before? Will you give this one a try?


Comments (7)

  1. hi SJ,
    might try to make such “torta”, just might, but prefer to eat them straight from the tree, including licking my sticky fingers.
    figs as you know are growing everywhere, but I planted an extra one, think it’s called “petrovic”, an early one with big (giant ?) yellowish figs.
    de !
    yes de !
    DE-licious !
    also (pre-)seeded various sorts of tomatoes, paprika’s and such.
    all of them still in small containers in my “glasshouse”, so by the time you two settle in villa Dvor, I might give you some to give it a try.
    ready, steady…………COOK !!!!
    torta od smokve ili janjetine (but those I did not plant………..yet).
    poz, pim.

  2. looks delicious, love fresh figs, we used to have a tree in our garden where I grew up.

  3. looks delicious but I wouldn’t class Croatia as Eastern Europe. They are more Southeastern/Mediterranean

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