Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Fig Tart

The blogger challenge this month over at Belleau Kitchen was 'Just Desserts'. Considering the amount I bake I dont actually own any pure dessert books so as instructed I picked from the books that had desserts in and then randomly picked a recipe from one of those.

The book I ended up picking was Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets. 

Now anybody who follows Raymond Blanc's recent programme or owns this book will know this book contains the quite legendary Piece Montee croquembouche, a literal mountain of choux pastry, caramel and spun sugar....fortunately I didnt land on this *breathes a sigh of relief* and instead I landed on his Fig Tart....

Fig Tart
250g Plain Flour
75g Icing Sugar
pinch of salt
120g unsalted butter (diced at room temp)
2 egg yolks
1-2 tsp cold water

150g Blackcurrants
150g Semi Dried figs 9stalks removed)
100g Fig Jam
12 Fresh Figs

50g Fig Jam

Pastry Case
In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, salt together.
Make a well and add the yolks and water
Mix together in concentric circles using your finger tips to bring together into a soft dough.
Remove 30g and wrap in clingfilm for later.
Roll into a cylinder and cut in half.
Squash each half into a circle 2cm thick and wrap up with clingfilm.
Rest one in the fridge for 30 minutes, the other can be frozen for future use.

Place the rested dough on a  large sheet of cling film and place another sheet over it. (this rolling out method is brilliant by the way)

Roll out the pastry in the cling film in a circle shape to about 0.3cm thick.
Remove and discard the top sheet of cling film.

Place a tart ring on a flat baking sheet covered with baking paper.
Drap the pastry into the tart ring by lifting the closest two corners of the clingfilm and inverting into the ring.
Use the little piece of pastry to mould into the ring.
Use a rolling pin to take off the excess around the edges and then push up the pastry above the edge by 2mm to compensate for shrinkage.

Rest for up to an hour in the fridge.
Preheat the oven and abaking stone or a heavy baking tray to 170 C.
Slide the pastry case off the tray onto the stone/tray and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove and brush with egg white.
Leave to cool.

Have a cup of tea and breathe.

Puree the soft figs in a food processor.
Crush the blackberries.
Mix both soft figs and blackberries in a bowl with the fig jam.
Pour into the cooled tart case and spread out evenly.
Quarter or half your figs and lay out in circles from the middle outwards.
Bake for 25 minutes at 170C.
Remove and cool.

Melt the jam and brush over the figs.

Serve sprinkled with Icing sugar and a dollop of creme fraiche.

Verdict: Absolutley delicious, lovely contrast between sweet figs and the sharpness of the blackberries alongside the lovely crumbly pastry. An excellent recipe to try if you want to test yourself in terms of pastry and the new techniques I have picked up will be very useful indeed.


  1. What a stunner mate! I want me some of that pie now! So beautiful!! Thanks so much for taking part. Think this challenge is going to be a good one!

  2. Wow - that was a lot of work. Looks great.
    I did a fig tart for one of the daring bakers things - my wee boy helped me with it and we were so proud of it - http://pleasedonotfeedtheanimals.blogspot.com/2010/11/daring-bakers-challenge-no-1-nov-2010.html
    Love the sound of your recipe, though, - looks much more grown up and sticky - like the idea of the fig jam and the blackberries.

  3. This is a stunning tart! I wish that figs were more available here in New England ... it seems the rural folk find them too exotic ... or something. I'd have to drive to Boston to find them, I fear. So... I will just enjoy your tart from afar! Great contribution to the RR challenge!

  4. Thanks for your comments, you both have lovely blogs. Look forward to reading them.

  5. Oh wow, Gary! I saw this tart on Dom's site and had to come check you out. I'm so glad I did. I can't wait to attempt this. I'll let you know how it turns out!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  6. The combination of blackcurrants and figs sounds really tasty and it looks so good too. I'm now wondering what would have happened if you'd landed on the croquembouche page.

  7. Blind panic followed by me crying on my kitchen floor.

    Then I would have either had a go or made a little one.