Monday, February 21, 2011

Fresh Fig Tart

Fig Tart


One thing I love about blogging is how it's making me experiment more, and not bake my usual things all the time. The other day I saw figs at the stall below my building, and while I wouldn't ever give a second look a year ago, now I was intrigued, and bought some without any idea about what I was going to do with them. Turns out, fresh figs aren't really used that much, I saw mainly two uses.. a fig tart, or figs wrapped in prosciutto, both very interesting ideas. Since I only bake desserts, [I've never ever made anything savory in my life!!], I went with the tart, though if someone were to make the proscuitto one for me, I'd gladly devour!


It was super quick and easy to make, since I already had some frangipane in the freezer, all I had to do was whip up some pastry, and be done. It tasted really good too, the figs sort of tasted like softer, moister dried figs [well duh, but I had no idea what to expect, I'd never tasted fresh figs before], and the frangipane provided some much needed sweetness! I served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but would have to loved to whip up some fresh fig ice cream from  David Lebovitz's awesome book, [India] or try another master's adapted version.


Frangipane


Fresh Fig Tarts
Recipe from the Foodie Handbook via ChezPim

1 9" pastry dough [1/2 of the recipe]
About 10 large or 15 small figs
1/4 of the frangipane recipe below [It's really good, so make the whole amount and use up the rest somewhere else]

Frangipane
75g [about 1/2 cup] whole almonds
75g [1/3 cup] granulated sugar

75g [about 3/4 stick] butter, at room temperature
1 large egg


Instructions - 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F [180 C]. Lay the almonds on a baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes, ot until lightly toasted and fragrant. Allow to cool.
  2. Once cool, process together the almonds and sugar in a food processor until fine and powdery. The sugar helps prevent the nuts forming a paste. Add the chopped butter and eggs and pulse till well combined. Use immediately, or store wrapped in cling film for upto a month in the freezer.
For the tart - 
  1. Roll out the chilled pastry to about a 10 inch dish, and lay in the tart pan if using, or leave as is.
  2. Spread out 1/4 of the frangipane on the pastry, leaving a 1 inch border along the sides.
  3. Quarter [or halve if small] the figs, and lay them in concentric circles, pointy side up right up to where the frangipane is. [Don't lay them out to vertically, or the tops might burn, like how I did :( ] Another option of presentation is slicing them horizontally and laying them.
  4. If making a galette, fold the edges in, and pinch to make sure it sticks and stays up. Brush the edges of the pastry with eggwash if wanted, and sprinkle on some sugar. If making a tart, leavee as is. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the pastry edges are golden brown.
Fig Tart

14 comments:

  1. Ohhhh Avanika, this looks fabulous!
    I wouldn't know what to do with fresh figs either! You put them to good use. :D

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  2. Hey Avanika, its just awesomeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    Hav a small request. Pls do post some savory pie, puffs recpes. plssss.

    Another rqst, plss post how to make puff pastry @ home.- RAJASREE.

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  3. Oh that fig tart looks so delicious! I have recently developed a love for figs, and when they're topping pastry, you really can't go wrong.

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  4. Natalie - Haha aww!!

    Valerie - Thanks. I didn't want to experiment too much since the flavor was very new to me!

    Nithya - Thanks <3

    Rajasree - Puff pastry! Now there's a challenge. Will post as soon as possible!!

    jenbryson - Oh yeah, it's like pastry and fruit. How could it be wrong?

    Ellie - Thank you!

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  5. That crust looks de-lish, especially love the coarse sugar on top!

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  6. This is such a gorgeous, delicious looking way to enjoy figs, Avanika, and I only wish I'd seen this recipe when figs were in season a few months ago in my area. I'm definitely bookmarking this one for next fall!

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  7. Photo is wonderful..the recipe sound delightful.. :O)

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  8. I've always wanted to try making a tart with fresh figs but they sell for a dollar a piece even in season where I live! Yours looks wonderful :).

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  9. What a luscious looking tart! I had something similar recently and it was heaven on a plate! :)

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  10. That is one really amazing looking fig tart!

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