“The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us….”
Finally succumbed to temptation and bought a precious little box of fresh figs the other day. Have been looking at them longingly for a while, but there never was time for them as the past few weeks have been packed and BUSY! Googling brought me many matches, and since frangipane is something that I love using in dessert, this Honey Roasted Fig & Almond Tart proved its sublime worth! Figs must be the prettiest fruit. Rustic, with almost vintage appeal, fruit which take your breath away the moment you cut them. With the temperatures rising, it’s a matter of time before they disappear. It’s almost unnerving to have them in the fridge, these dainty beautiful fruit that threaten to expire before you know it! I’ve baked just a couple of times with fresh figs – once when I had lugged a precious few from Pune that ended up in a vanilla scented frangipane galette, and another time I experimented with figs in buckwheat tartlets. Memories of both linger in my mind each time I see fresh figs, yet the blog is hungry for variety. In my quest for more, I landed up at the BBC Good Foods Honey Roasted Fig & Almond Tart!Of this tart they write, “Delicious, sweet and fruity pud, great served with cream or ice cream – make the case with bought pastry!” I made the case with a shortcrust pastry from scratch, off their site again, simple and quick. I made half the quantity of the frangipane filling in their recipe and it was just right! I also used a whole egg instead of 2 yolks; worked fine again!BBC GF has exciting recipes, almost always simple and uncomplicated, with ingredients that aren’t too outlandish or exotic. I love seeing their newsletter in my inbox, a constant source of inspiration and a desire to bid each passing season a fond farewell. It keeps me safe in the knowledge that fresh ideas of the new season are coming soon!Theres something about fresh figs, the colours when you cross section them, the depth of colours once they are roasted, the aromas, the pairing .. all pure JOY! Pairing them with almonds must be one of lifes little pleasures … so indulgent and ever so delicious! This tart bears testimony! And the colours? So worth making this tart, the deep red hues of figs moorish and eye catching! Honey roasting the figs for 12-15 minutes ensure that they have a slightly longer lease of life, especially when they are as precious as the few I had! I am endlessly envious of those folk who have a fig tree in their yard! The tart was D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S! Combined together, butter, brown sugar, almonds and vanilla beans deliver something special. The crust was crisp and the tart came together beautifully. The honey roasted figs pleased the palette with the hint of orange zest; for once we didn’t need cream or creme fraiche or ice cream!It was so good at room temperature, the frangipane filling fabulous!
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