Roasted Fig Tart with Mascarpone  Cream, Honey and rosemary….using fresh figs, lightly roasted and caramelized in the oven. 
Roasted Fig Tart with Mascarpone, Honey and rosemary....using fresh figs, lightly roasted and caramelized in the oven. | www.feastingathome.comWe do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. —The Talmud
Though not local to our area, figs are one of those irresistible fruits that are impossible for me to walk past when they show up at the grocery store each summer. Where I grew up in Southern California, fig-trees were a part of the everyday landscape.
My next-door neighbor had a fig tree and each summer when they ripened, all of us neighborhood kids would sit around the tree and gorge on figs, like hungry little vampires.
Recently for a friend’s birthday, I made this caramelized fig tart with rosemary.  In this dessert recipe figs are sprinkled with brown sugar and fresh rosemary, broiled in the oven until slightly caramelized and placed on top of a luscious creamy filling made of whipped mascarpone or cream cheese, goat cheese (optional) and honey, all inside a buttery tart crust. It’s an easy recipe and the crust is especially forgiving.
I know the goat cheese may throw some of you off, but it truly works here. If you are skeptical, just use more mascarpone. You can also swap out the mascarpone and use cream cheese.
Originating from the Middle East, figs are considered one of the first fruits cultivated by humans, going as far back 9000 BC.  Most people are familiar with them in their dehydrated or dried form- or from the oh so popular cookies, Fig Newtons.

But to taste a fresh fig is a completely different experience.  Ranging in hues from deep aubergine to creamy chartreuse, their colors capture the eye.

Soft tender fruit with smooth skin, sumptuous interiors and tiny crunchy poppy-like seeds, figs are a textural delight. Their subtle sweetness entices the taste buds, with a lingering hint of something hidden and mysterious.

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In our catering business and at home we use fresh figs in many different ways, both savory and sweet. Quartered or sliced, drizzled with honey and served with a blue-veined cheese, like gorgonzola or cambozola, figs elevate the ordinary cheese plate into something extraordinary. They are delicious in these Fig Bruschetta! 
Atop warm grilled bruschetta, lathered with goat cheese, drizzled with honey and toasted pine nuts, it makes a perfect appetizer bite.
And perhaps my favorite way, and one of the easiest, is using fresh figs in salads, tossing with baby arugula, a little crumbled cheese, toasted almonds or hazelnuts and a balsamic vinaigrette. So good.
But I also love them sweet, in tarts. When catering we often do a mini tart version of these, but today, I used a rectangle tart pan for a more dramatic effect.
Delicious recipe for Roasted Fig Tart with Honey, Goat cheese and Mascarpone....using fresh figs, lightly roasted and caramelized in the oven. | www.feastingathome.com
For this tart, the figs are cut in half and placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment, sprinkled with brown sugar and a few sprigs of rosemary, and broiled in the oven for just a few minutes until the sugar caramelizes.
The crust, Pate Sucree, comes together easily and is blind baked in the tart pan first. I love this crust, not only for its buttery nutty taste and texture but also for its workability.
It’s very forgiving.
I normally make a double batch of the crust and save one in the freezer, double wrapped in plastic, for another use. It’s nice to have one on hand.
Bake the crust in a tart pan with a removable bottom and let cool.  Whip up the room-temperature mascarpone or cream cheese with goat cheese adding the honey and yogurt.
If you are a little unsure about adding goat cheese to a “dessert” tart, swap it out for more cream cheese. I like the goat cheese for the depth, hint of saltiness and tartness.
It adds a subtle dimension that foodies will enjoy.
Delicious recipe for Roasted Fig Tart with Honey, Goat cheese and Mascarpone....using fresh figs, lightly roasted and caramelized in the oven. | www.feastingathome.com

Fill the cooled crust with the filling and top with the figs. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Sometimes I drizzle a little reduce balsamic syrup over the top.

Delicious recipe for Roasted Fig Tart with Honey, Goat cheese and Mascarpone....using fresh figs, lightly roasted and caramelized in the oven. | www.feastingathome.com
Delicious recipe for Roasted Fig Tart with Honey, Goat cheese and Mascarpone....using fresh figs, lightly roasted and caramelized in the oven. | www.feastingathome.com
Hope you enjoy the fig tart as much as we have! Let me know in the comments below!

Other fig recipes you may like:

  1. Fig and Arugula Salad, w/ Goat Cheese & Pecans
  2. Fig Bruschetta with Cambozola and Sage Honey
  3. Farro Bowl with Kale & Figs
  4. Teff Porridge with Figs and Walnuts
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Roasted Fig Tart with mascarpone cream and roasted figs.

Roasted Fig Tart with Honey and Mascarpone Cream

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 150
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: dessert, tart
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Roasted Fig Tart with Mascarpone  Cream, Honey and rosemary….using fresh figs, lightly roasted and caramelized in the oven.


Ingredients

Scale
Pate Sucree Tart Shell
  • 1/2 C butter at room temp
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
 Filling: 
  • 8 ripe figs,  halved
  • 3 T brown sugar (or sub honey) 
  • 3 rosemary springs
  •  8 oz mascarpone cheese or cream cheese at room temp
  • 4 oz goat cheese at room temp  (or sub 4 oz. more mascarpone or cream cheese)
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 23 tablespoons honey

Instructions

Make the tart shell:
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy for 3 minutes, using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, stopping on occasion to scrape down sides and bottom. Add the flour, salt and sugar and mix on low speed until fully incorporated about one minute. Add the egg yolk and continue to mix on low speed until the dough comes together about 30 seconds. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour (or up to 4 days).
  2. Remove from the refrigerator. Flour your work surface really well so the dough does not stick, and sprinkle the top of the dough with a little flour. With a rolling pin flatten to the desired shape. I used a 13 by 4-inch tart pan. A 10-inch round tart pan will work well too.  Roll out dough, starting in the middle and rolling outward, to a 1/4 inch thick disk or rectangle, depending on your tart pan.
  3. Don’t worry if dough tears or crumbles, it’s easily pressed together in the tart pan. Lift over the rolling pin and place in a tart pan with removable bottom. Patch holes or tears by pressing dough with fingers. Press dough into sides, corners and bottom. Roll the rolling pin over the top of the tart pin for a clean even edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes -this is important.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 -35 minutes, positioned in the center of the oven, until golden and delicious smelling. Let cool before filling, and remove tart ring.
Make filling:
  1. Roast Figs: Place halved figs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a generous amount of brown sugar and a few leaves of rosemary. Broil just until sugar has caramelized, checking often as not to burn, about 5 minutes. If you don’t have a broiler, roast at 400F until tender and caramelized about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Make the Creamy Filling: In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, whip mascarpone or cream cheese with goat cheese until till creamy, scraping down the sides. Add yogurt and honey. Taste, adding more honey to taste. Whip until silky smooth.
Fill the cooled tart shell with the creamy filling and top with the roasted figs.
Refrigerate at least one hour or overnight before serving.

Notes

You can bake the shell ahead, you can make the filling ahead. It’s nice to do this in stages. 🙂

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 387
  • Sugar: 17.2 g
  • Sodium: 247 mg
  • Fat: 25.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.8 g
  • Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 90.3 mg

Keywords: fig tart, roasted fig tart, fresh fig tart, fig dessert

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  1. The crust ingredients call for 1/2 tsp kosher salt yet the instructions do not state when to add the salt. With the flour?

  2. I lived in Greece in the 60’s. We had a fig tree right outside the kitchen window which was an absolute treat since I love fresh figs. I made your recipe but used a good feta instead of goat cheese (since my sister doesn’t like goat cheese) and added a few drops of fresh lemon juice. I would love your recipe just the way it was and since “YUMMY” is so last year, I would call this Divine!

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  4. This mascarpone recipe is the best I’ve tried yet, I simply love figs so this was a true pleasure for my taste buds!

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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