Figs & Friends

fig tart

Figs. Purple figs have to be the most sensual fruit on Earth! Either because the colour is outstanding or just because the flavour is unique... I love figs. But it's not the first time I tell how much I love those little sweet, juicy things that melt in your mouth with an explosion of sweetness and texture! If you'd like to check my fig addiction, have a look at a previous Fig Salad. This summer was particularly kind with figs. My vacations in Algarve were loaded with these wonders: I've made fig compote, a fig tart and pan-fried figs with Greek Yogurt. Heaven on Earth!

My good friend Clumbsy Cookie started an amazing fig week with a lot of fig fun. Head over there if you need some inspiration or just to drool over the awesome fig recipes.

fig tart

Fig Tart

Serves 4

6-8 fresh figs
2 Tbsp caster sugar, extra to dust
1 tsp lemon zest
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
danish pastry (or puff pastry dough)
honey (optional)

On a lightly floured surface, roll the Danish Dough into a 20 x 20cm rectangle, 1/2cm thick. Place the dough on the baking sheet. Slice the figs crosswise into thin slices. Arrange the figs on the bottom of the dough, leaving 2 cms of dough left outside. Fold up to create a trim. Beat the egg with the sugar, lemon zest and milk. Pour over the fruit, carefully not to disturb the sliced figs. Sprinkle both the dough and the fruit with extra sugar. Bake for 40-45 minutes in a 200ºC (400ºF) oven or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Drizzle lightly with honey and serve.


Pan-fried figs with Greek Yoghurt

Serves 2

2 Tbsp honey
6 ripe purple figs
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp caster sugar
200 grs Greek Yoghurt

Cut the figs in half and sprinkle the cut-sides with sugar. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and sautee the figs for a minute, cut-side down. Combine the yogurt and honey, stirring well. Divide the figs in 2 bowls. Add a dollop of yoghurt on top of each, and serve.


Snooky doodle said...

wow didn t know there are so many fig recipes around . This looks nice to try.

kazari said...

oh wow, these pictures are amazing. I made a fig and blue cheese tart last year, but this year we haven't had a good fig season.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa said...

Just found your blog from Clumsy Cookie. This looks amazing!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Olha que boa ideia para usar a minha danish que ainda tenho congelada!!! Já te mandei umas panquecas por email, espero que ainda cheguem quentinhas!

Dee said...

It's really not fair that there are so many amazing figgy desserts around and I can't get my hands on some decent figs :(

Your photos are absolutely stunning, by the way!

RecipeGirl said...

I'm lucky enough to have figs at our local Farmer's Stand this time of year. I absolutely love playing around with them. Just did them in a chicken dish not too long ago.

I love both of your ideas... especially the pan-fried figs with the Greek yogurt... YUMMY!

Gloria (Canela) said...

I love figs, really love and this look amazing and delicious!! Gloria

syrie said...

I love figs too and both these recipes look perfect. In fact they're both making my mouth water!