Fresh Fig And Cardamom Scented Frangipane Tart
The summer is here once again and it just seems to get hotter every year. It almost feels unbelievable that just one month back it was so pleasant and I could still find fruit like strawberries, figs and other winter produce at the market.
  • 8 to 9 figs, depending on their size
For the crust (pate sablee):
  1. Making the crust:
  2. Put the flour, chilled butter, and baking powder into your processor bowl and run with u201conu201d and u201coffu201d spurts till the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Whisk the egg yolk and vanilla extract and add to the mixture along with the sugar.
  3. Run the processor only till the mixture starts clumping together. Add the chilled water one tbsp at a time, and run the processor again only till the dough just comes together.
  4. Take the dough out, gather into a ball and then flatten it into dics. Wrap this and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Lightly butter six 4u201d tart moulds with removable bottoms. Take the dough out and place on a lightly floured work surface.
  6. Roll out the dough to 1/4″ thickness and cut out 6 circles about 6u201d diameter each. You should be able to line six 4u201d tart moulds.
  7. Gather the scraps, roll again and cut out the required circles. Do not work the dough more than absolutely necessary even though this particular pastry is rather forgiving.
  8. Prick the pastry all over with a fork and then bake at 180C for 20 minutes or till a faint golden brown. Remove the tart cases from the moulds and cool on a rack.
  9. Making the frangipane:
  10. Run the toasted almonds, sugar and cardamom seeds (remove them from the pods) in your grinder/ processor till finely ground (sandy texture) but not pasty. If you grind the almonds too much, the oil gets released making the mixture pasty.
  11. Add the butter and process again till mixed. Now add the egg and process till the frangipane is smooth.
  12. This recipe makes more frangipane than is needed in this recipe. You will need about half of it. You can refrigerate the remainder (will keep for about 2 to 3 days) or freeze it (should keep for about a month) and use it in something else.
  13. Making the fig tarts:
  14. Wash the figs and trim both ends. Cut the figs into slices or eights lengthwise, according to your preference.
  15. If your frangipane is too thick, you can add a little milk (do not add too much) to the amount of frangipane youu2019re using for these tarts. Mix very well.
  16. Put the tarts back in their moulds, and spoon the frangipane equally into the 6 tarts. Arrange the fig pieces/ slices decoratively on the frangipane.
  17. Bake the tarts at 180C for about 30 minutes, till the frangipane is cooked and starts browning.
  18. Cool on racks and serve slightly warm or cold. You can serve them as they are or with a bit of whipped cream or thick yogurt.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes six 4” fig tarts.

So did these make the best ever fig tarts?

Frankly, I don’t know as I’ve never eaten figs in a tart before. I can tell you that these tarts were quite good, though my daughter preferred to eat hers without the figs in them. She very carefully picked out the figs and then told me that her tart tasted good now. It definitely should have, since all that was left on her plate was some shortbread-like pate sablee and almond frangipane!