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Ep 37: Sticky fig and caramel cake with vanilla custard

Sticky fig and caramel cake with vanilla custard

Serves: 6
Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 15 minutes 

150g butter, softened
150g caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (bean reserved for custard)
2 eggs
150g self-raising flour
1/3 cup full cream milk

Caramel sauce
¼ cup caster sugar
50g butter
1/3 cup pure cream
1/3 cup honey
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
4 large fresh figs

Vanilla custard
1 cup full cream milk, plus 1 tablespoon extra
¼ cup pure cream
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped, plus reserved bean
1 egg
¼ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon plain flour
2 teaspoons honey
300ml pure cream, whipped to soft peaks, to serve 

1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20cm round spring form cake tin with foil then with baking paper.

2 For cake, beat butter, sugar and vanilla seeds together until pale, add eggs one at a time until combined. Add flour alternately with milk.

3 For caramel sauce, place all ingredients except figs into a medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar has melted. Bring to the boil and cook until mixture turns golden brown. Remove vanilla bean.

4 Pour caramel into prepared tin. Cut figs in half and arrange in the pan cut-side down with tops pointing towards the centre. Cover gently with cake batter, spreading until even. Place cake on a baking tray and bake for 45-50 minutes until cooked through.

5 For custard, pour milk and cream into a medium saucepan with vanilla and heat until scalding but not quite boiling. Meanwhile whisk egg with sugar until pale, slowly add warm mixture, whisking continuously. Mix flour with one tablespoon milk to a runny paste, add to mixture and stir to combine. Pour mixture into a clean saucepan, place over low heat and stir until mixture starts to thicken, 5-10 minutes. Once custard coats the back of a spoon, stir in honey. Cover custard closely with cling film.

6 Serve cake warm with vanilla custard and whipped cream.