Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins
So amazing looking, you'll have no question about the expression "eat with your eyes". From Nigel Slater's "Real Cooking".
For the pastry
- 225 g plain flour
- 125 g fridge cold butter
- 90 g sugar
- 2 egg yolks
For the filling
- 10 -12 figs
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 6 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
- 150 g creme fraiche
- 2 large egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- Put the flour in a large mixing bowl.
- Cut the butter into small chunks and tip into the flour.
- Rub the butter between your thumbs and fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, stir in the sugar and drop in the two egg yolks.
- Using a table knife or your hands, mix in the eggs.
- Then use your hands again to bring the whole lot together.
- You may need a few drops of water but add them carefully.
- You should end up with a soft ball of dough.
- Cover with a piece of greaseproof, foil or clingfilm and refrigerate for about an hour.
- Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured board so that it is large enough to fit a deep 25cm diameter metal tart inches
- Lift the pastry up with the help of a rolling pin and drape over the tart tin.
- Gently push the pastry into the corners of the tin and up the sides, patching any holes and tears where necessary.
- No one will ever know.
- Prick the pastry case all over with a fork, place a piece of greaseproof paper on top of the pastry, and weight it down with something like beans or rice.
- Rest the pastry in the fridge while the oven gets to 350°F
- Cut a deep cross in the top of each fig.
- Bake the tart case for about twenty-five minutes until it is firm and somewhat dry to touch.
- It should be the colour of a custard cream.
- Remove the greaseproof paper and beans.
- Leave the pastry to cool a little, then place the figs in snugly, squeezing each on as you so do to open it up.
- Stuff little spoonfuls of mascarpone into the open figs.
- Drizzle with honey.
- Mix the crème fraîche with the egg yolks and sugar and pour over the fruit.
- Bake for 35 minutes until the edges of the pastry have browned slightly and the juices have combined with the creamy bits to give a sort of wobbly custard.
- Leave to cool and set slightly for fifteen minutes before eating.