Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The last Figs of Summer

No more mellons, no more peaches - instead I found butternut squash and chanterelles at the market in Malaucène this morning. The wine harvest has started and I have just plucked the last figs off my tree. It's official: summer is over even though the temperatures suggest otherwise.
So I wanted to have one last fig tart and found a recipe for a savory one. To put it in a nutshell: this is a triple YUM!! A keeper!!
Recipe found in "Tartes de grand-mère salées et sucrées", editions ESI, Paris 2010

All you need is a roll of puff pastry, 130 gr fresh goat cheese, about half a kilo of figs, two hefty pinches of Herbes de Provence, some freshly ground black pepper, a generous handful of pine nuts, a sprinkle if olive oil and some serioulsy good parma or serrano ham.
Unroll the pastry and fit into a tart dish. Spread the fresh goat cheese on the bottom of the tart, place the halved figs on top, sprinkle with Herbes de Provence, a few rounds of the pepper mill and the pine nuts. Dribble a few drops of olive oil onto the figs and bake at 200C/400F for 30 minutes. Let cool down a bit and arrange very finely sliced ham on top. Even better with a nice cool glass of Rosé.


  1. Barbara, once again you have me drooling. Certainly would be wonderful to pick figs off your own tree. By the way...the time is now...."Ein Prosit!"

  2. Oh, this is so delicious. Wonderfully fresh and ripe figs as with the other ingredients in a small tart. I would take immediately. Thanks for the recipe.
    A nice rest week and greetings

  3. That looks absolutely superb! I bet it'd work with a squashy blue cheese as well.

  4. This sounds just like my kind of dish! Delicious! Figs here are also disappearing fast. x

  5. Yum yum! I love using whatever you have on hand in the kitchen to create such splendid recipes! Enjoy your figs!

  6. Hi Barbara,
    tomorrow ist market day in my little quarter in Berlin and as we are having quite a few turkish fruit dealers over here, I'am quite sure I can get delicious fresh figs from Turkey and add that recipe to my favourites!
    Thank you and habe a nice weekend!

  7. Yummy, yummy, so temptingly beautiful, enjoy those lovely figs! ozlem x