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Yeasted Pastry – these two words piqued my interest in this classic Ottolenghi styled recipe; mixing savory with sweet, and fruit with herbs. I made several minor tweaks so if you want the original – check out his vibrant cookbook Plenty More. You may want to buy it just for the pictures … pages and pages of gorgeous recipes and photos. The simplicity and creativity of the recipes are off the chart. Love, love, love these recipes!
Ripe figs are baked on a simple pastry dough scented with lemon and thyme. A tart and sweet lemon icing is drizzled on just before serving.
The figs caramelize in the oven and remain juicy, with an incredible dreamy texture. I love fresh figs and they’re only available for a short time so grab them up while you can!
Being the good food blogger that I am, I felt it was best to test this recipe with two kinds of figs. I know … we sacrifice so much for our readers. Both were wonderful but the red figs seem to have a deeper flavor.
Fig & Goat Cheese Tart
For the yeasted pastry:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- zest of 1½ lemon
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 5 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- canola oil
For the topping:
- 4 ounces creamy goat cheese room temperature
- 2 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar plus 1 tablespoon, divided
- ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves plus extra for garnish
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 cup almond meal
- 12 ripe figs
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup sliced almonds toasted
- Additional thyme sprigs for garnish
- To prepare the pasty, combine the flour, sugar, yeast and lemon zest in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir ingredients together to combine. Add the eggs and ¼ cup of water and mix on low speed to combine. Turn the mixer up to medium and knead for 3 minutes or until all the dough comes together.
- With the mixer running, add a dash of salt and the butter 1 tablespoon at a time, until the butter incorporates or melts into the dough. Continue kneading on medium for about 10 minutes. Add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed to creative a silky, smooth dough that is not sticky to the touch. (I added at least 3 tablespoons during mixing)
- Coat a large glass mixing bowl lightly with canola oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat in the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Dough will increase in size, but only by about ¼. Do not look for it to double in size as with other yeast dough.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- When ready to bake the tart, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it stand at room temperature while preparing the goat cheese topping.
- In a medium mixing bowl combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, the orange zest, thyme and about ¾ of the beaten eggs. Using a hand mixer or whisk, combine until smooth. Fold in the almond meal and mix until smooth.
- Divide the dough in half and place on a clean, lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough into a 6 x 11 inch rectangle. Transfer the rolled dough to a parchment lined baking sheet by wrapping it around the rolling pin, then unrolling on the parchment. Repeat with the second piece of dough.
- Spread the goat cheese on each tart leaving a border of about ⅔ of an inch. Brush the remaining egg on the border of the pastry.
- Top each tart with ½ the figs, cut side up. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and set the baking sheet in a warm location for about 20 minutes.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, turning the pan half way through cooking.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Place the tarts on a rack to cool while preparing the icing.
- Whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar and drizzle on the warm, or room temperature tart. (add additional lemon juice or sugar to the icing for desired consistency) Garnish with thyme sprigs and serve.
This was a super simple, interesting and delicious yeasted dough. It was a dream to work with and is very forgiving. The original recipe called for a single 11-inch square tart so feel free to experiment with the size and shape. Don’t skip the lemon glaze – it gives the tart a bright sweetness without masking the thyme or figs. Make sure to use a creamy goat cheese and substitute additional goat cheese for the cream cheese. Hope you have a wonderful week. Where did August go???! Thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting! I love to hear from you 🙂
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