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Fig and Goat Cheese Tartlets

I discovered my love of fresh figs when I was in Australia. Figs always seemed to be in season there whenever I visited. They are both a pretty and flavorful late summer fruit. (Though certain varieties are available in the early summer as well). I really like figs. I especially like fig jam, but I don’t need fresh figs for that, so I decided to make these yummy tartlets when I found fresh figs in my local grocery store this morning.

These tartlets combine the flavors of fig, goat cheese, vanilla and honey. Even my one year old loved them. In fact, I had a hard time taking the final picture because he kept bugging me for more (he ate 3!).

The tartlets are pretty easy and fast to make. The longest step is pressing the pastry dough into the tart pan. I just set my kids up with an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and I was easily able to finish making them.

Make the pastry first. I used a sweet pastry crust. First combine in a large bowl the flour, salt and sugar. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Then add one slightly beaten egg and mix it in using a fork until completely incorporated into the dough.

Turn the pastry dough out onto your counter. It will be very crumbly. Work it into a ball (you may need to knead the dough a couple of times) and then flatten it into a disc. Cover the disc with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes (this makes the dough easier to work with).

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While your dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then make the filling. Beat with a hand mixer the goat cheese, vanilla, and eggs until smooth and creamy.

Remove the pastry dough from the fridge and cut into 12 equally sized pieces. Press each piece into a tart cup.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon in your filling. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes. Cool completely.

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Place a slice of fresh fig over each tartlet and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

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Fig and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
Filling
  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp honey more for drizzling on top
  • 5 fresh figs
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and sugar.

  2. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry blender.

  3. Add the beaten egg and mix in well with a fork.

  4. Turn dough out onto the counter. It will be very crumbly. Form it into a ball. You may need to knead it a couple of times. Flatten the ball into a disc.

  5. Cover the disc with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes (this will make the pastry dough easier to work with).

  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  7. Beat the filling ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.

  8. Once adequately chilled, remove pastry dough from the fridge and cut into 12 equally sized portions.

  9. Press each portion into a tart cup.

  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven.

  11. Spoon filling into tarts and return to oven for an additional 15 minutes.

  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

  13. Place a slice of fig on top of each tartlet and drizzle with honey.