Fresh Fig Tarts

 

Fall is officially here in Bristol, but to be honest, summer left weeks ago. Such is life, eh? To lift one’s spirits, a good bake makes everything a little better. So when a dear friend provided us with the fresh figs as seen above, I thought what better way to kick off September than with a fresh fig tart. It’s a fairly simple recipe and works just as well with store bought pastry. If you’re interested in rolling your own dough, just follow the instructions below. Here is what you’ll need:
 

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence
  • 4 -6 tablespoons water
  • 3 large figs
  • 1/4 cups sultanas
  • 2 teaspoons honey 
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

First, grab a medium size bowl and spoon out the figs. Make sure the figs are ripe and soft for the best flavor.

  
Mash up the figs and add the sultanas and honey. Stir it up and place in the fridge while you prepare the dough.

  
 

Grease your tart tins with butter. I used my pudding tray which works just fine. Preheat your oven to 320 F / 160 C. In a bowl, incorporate the flour and the cold, cubed butter. 
 

Mix with your hands until it becomes grainy and crumbly. At this point, add the almond essence. Incorporate the water one tablespoon at a time until the dough begins to come together. 

 Roll out the dough on a floured surface and use something round to cut out the pastry shell. I used the top of a lid, but you can also cut it by hand. 

 

 Blind bake the pastry for about 8 minutes or so. If you have pastry beads, go ahead and put them in. 

  

Take the pastry out of the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Spoon the fig filling into each tart and top generously with sliced almonds.

 

 Place back into the oven for 20 minutes, or until the pastry and almonds turn golden brown.

  

Let the tarts cool for 10-15 minutes, and there it is, fresh fig tart! These were really easy to make, and the process is a lot faster if you buy your pastry. I think I’ll even add some cinnamon and nutmeg next time for a warmer flavor, perfect for rainy afternoons. Or on any given day in England. Keep an eye out for fresh figs in the grocery store or in your friend’s yards. They can be enjoyed fresh, dried, or incorporated into baked treats such as these lovely tarts. Fig trees can be quite abundant, so if you find yourself with a nice harvest, Pinterest will provide you with lots of ideas! I’ve already got some in mind for the next post. Until then, stay dry, thanks for reading, and Happy Eating!

  
  
  
  

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