In my March 2013 issue of Delicious magazine I feature a recipe which includes roasted figs ~ a fruit which to-date I rarely use. I am very much a textural eater, loving crunchy, layered textures and I have always held a bit of disdain for anything which is ‘seedy’ or lumpy – even teeny-tiny ones like with the seeds in a fig or pear . However I have discovered if you roast figs that ‘seedy/gritty’ taste is less obvious and if you get ripe, sweet figs, the flavour is so amazing ~ so I am coming around to them.

99% of the people I have met in my life, completely and utterly flippin’ ADORE figs, and my Father-in-law; Bob is one of them. Therefore, for dinner recently I decided to make him a dessert using loads of figs. I discovered after some research that figs pair excellently with orange and mint so with that in mind, here’s my recipe for Roasted Fig Tart with Orange Blossom, Cinnamon and Mint Cream filling.

You can make 80% of this tart in advance. Bake the pastry shell the night before and store in a air-tight tin or tupperware box, and you can mix the cream filling the eve before too and chill overnight, covered ~ however don’t fold in the whipped cream until you are assembling the tart an hour or two before your guests arrive. I find whipped cream doesn’t last the night in the fridge. I don’t like it anyway, I have memories as a kid of my Mum making pavlovas for dinner parties and the morning after when I’d come down to gobble up the left-overs out of the fridge, I hated the taste of the day-old cream, to me it always tastes a little curdled and ‘old’ s0 long story short – don’t add the whipped cream until the dat of serving.

BTW ~ If you can’t get your hands on agave nectar, use runny honey instead.

For the Aussie readers; a tip ~ I normally buy the best pastry I can afford if I am not making it myself. This tends to be Careme brand and I tested this recipe 3 times with their vanilla bean shortcrust pastry however I found it’s not the right choice for this tart. The pastry shrank in the tin on all occasions even with chilling first – this may not be an issue for some, but for me I hate it when the sides of a pie crust are all uneven and lower on one side but not the other. I ended up using supermarket fave – Pampas and it worked perfectly. Obviously if you have time you can make your own pastry – for which I have a recipe here.

10 Responses to “Roasted Fig Tart with Orange Blossom, Cinnamon and Mint Cream filling”

  1. December 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    A must try recipe for roasted Fig Tart. Just awesome!

  2. Anne
    January 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Works! Delicious and beautiful. I also covered half of the pie with cashew nuts, because there where people with allergies for hazelnuts. It could also work very easily when, figues and nuts replaced with e.g. strawberries (or any berries). Really lovely recipe, thanks!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Corrina Tough
    January 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Hi Katie, I have a fig tree in my backyard that is covered in Figs slowly ripening and soon I;ll have so may I won’t know what do do with them- I/m always looking for fig recipes and will have to give this one a go xxCorrina Tough
    http://www.jtaimephotographie-corrina.blogspot.com

  4. Jill
    January 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Yum! I just made it with honey and the almond crust from this recipe: http://anhsfoodblog.com/2011/05/fig-tart-with-almond-crust.html/ It was SO DELICIOUS!

  5. February 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for the lovely recipe. I have a beautiful crop of figs coming on shortly so look forward to trying this recipe out.

  6. February 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Hi Katie
    We love your recipes and thank you kindly for loving our pastry :) we would love to give you some really good tips on blind baking and how to get great results with any brand of pastry. There are some simple rules to follow to prevent shrinkage. The main reason our’s is more prone than others is due to the butter content, which is on the high side, but that makes it all the more delicious :)
    Blind baking is something so many people struggle with and its something we always cover in our cooking classes, but once you have our simple tricks under your belt you should never have a problem again – with any pastry.
    cheers
    Claire

  7. February 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    This flavour combination sounds amazing and can’t wait to try it! I’m wondering though if pistachios instead of hazelnuts could work for a more middle eastern flavour?

    • Katie
      February 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Hi Reg – yes totally!

  8. Pippa
    March 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

    This looks amazing! I’m thinking of trying make one it for a wedding dessert – how far in advance do you think I can make it and assemble?

    I like the idea of spending my wedding morning baking but I’m not sure it’ll work out that way!

    Thanks Katie!

    • Katie
      March 22, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Straight off the bat – you are NOT allowed to bake on your wedding morning!!!! I did almost similar – aka took WAY too much on myself on my wedding day and I ran around like a headless chicken, stressed for most of it! You are under strict instructions to do NOTHING on the morning of your wedding other than drink champagne whilst you get your hair and make up done!

      Onto the dessert, you could have the pastry shell made in advance and figs roasted the day before, but sadly you couldn’t have them filled with the cream until the actual day of serving. I think in fairness the figs, for best results, would really need to be roasted on the day – or you could just use totally fresh, un-roasted figs. So if you could find someone to make the cream on the day then fill the tarts and stick in the figs, you’d be ok I think. Let me know how you go and a photo of you with the cake in your wedding dress (if you make them) is also a must :) Congrats BTW

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