Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fig & Cream Cheese Tartelette

Are you tired of figs yet? And we're just in the middle of the week!

Don't worry today this will be short and sweet and light as well! Sharon left a comment yesterday saying "who needs something light?..." but I think she can handle this one! What about you? Are you up for some fresh cream cheese-fig tartelettes?

These are very fast to make if you happened to have some pastry sweet dough. I had some leftover from when I made these, and that's what I've used. You can use your favourite or even a store bought one.

FIG & CREAM CHEESE TARTELETTE

For the Pastry:

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 100 gr butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

Cream the butter with the sugar. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat more until the they're completely incorporated in the butter-sugar mixture. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and the chinese five spice, and add to the first mixture. Mix just until all comes together. Form a ball, wrapp in cling film and take to the fridge at least 2 hours. When it's time to use roll the dough and place on little tartelette tart molds or alternatively you can do a big tart. Pierce with a fork and blind bake at 180ºC (350ºF) until it's golden brown.

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup low fat cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp artificial sweetener (or sugar)
  • 1/2 cup fig puree (made with peeled figs mashed with a fork)
  • More fig puree to use as topping

Mix the cream cheese, sweetener (or sugar) and fig puree until all is combined. Place inside the cooked and cooled tart shells. Cover completely with more fig puree and take to the fridge until eating time!

See how good I am, I've saved you half of one!

I was surprised by the amount of people that left comments saying that they never had a fresh fig! Such a shame they're not available everywhere!... Anyway if you want to give this a try and don't have figs, my friend Linda from the Netherlands made a similar tart using strawberries.

If you think you can deal with about a 1 kg (2lbs) of figs come back tomorrow for some more fun!

39 comments:

Katrina said...

Yet again, another yum-wow! I'm gonna find me some figs--somewhere, somehow.....not even sure where to look.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This is another great looking fig dessert--keep 'em coming! I've been surprised lately as well by how many people have never seen or tasted a fresh fig. Heck, I don't know how I'd went so long without it--now, I couldn't imagine a year without them.

RecipeGirl said...

I'm not surprised how many people have never tried a fresh fig, but I am surprised that people aren't able to find them in all locales.

These look like some tasty little treats!

Maria said...

I love all these fig recipes! So delicious!

Dee said...

Moan... I want some. Bad. Yes, I'm one of the unlucky few who can't find figs readily :(

Jenny said...

Ok, can I please have a couple of these gorgeous little tarts!? They are so cute and look fantastic!

Tartelette said...

Nothing beats fresh figs!! The tartelettes look delicious!

Katie said...

Its not if we are sick of them but if you are sick of them yet. :) But they look really Yummy!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks so cute! I may not have figs, but I'm sure I can rustle up some strawberries!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Not tired of them yet - Keep um coming!! This really looks great as I am a big cheese and fig fan!!!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I love the tops of these...they have such a different and beautiful look to them!

Cakespy said...

Well, aren't you just getting figgy with it? (Sorry, bad joke!). This one looks even better than the last fig feature!

Zita said...

lovely cups of tartelletes, i haven't bought any fig yet, but after your post soon, I hope... fig and cheese match made in heaven :)

Ben said...

How could anyone get tired of figs? Great dessert. I need to get me some figs to try it :D

Leslie said...

Figs and cream cheese..um..yummo!!!

Adam said...

My Figtacular friend, I can always handle more figs :) I would totally put fig cream cheese on my bagel... if I liked bagels :)

Keep 'em coming, this is an awesome week. Funny how you mentioned Philly today... and went with cream cheese (like the brand)

Mari Rezende said...

Dear, I love tartelettes and figs... So, this recipe is for me, hehehe!
I think how interesting of you to use brown sugar and the chinese spices! This last one should be the most special touch!

Kisses!

Dawn said...

thank you for saving me half. how should I tell you my address on where to mail it too? LOL
Kidding aside, these do look really tasty--good combo there sweetie.

Kate / Kajal said...

oh yummy ! cream cheese n figs ..whats not to like !
also the fig choc below .. i know its yum, cuz recently i got this lindt choc which was stuffed with figs ...divine :)

VeggieGirl said...

Mmm, I love figs - what a spectacular tartelette!

Emily said...

What a CREATIVE cookie you are! Now when is your fig cookbook coming out?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

You're all "figtacular" as Adam sayed! Thanks!

Reeni said...

I love your little tartelettes, they are gorgeous to look at and I'm sure their even better tasting, yum!! Are you getting tired of the figs yet?

Kevin said...

Figs and cream cheese sounds so good!

A_and_N said...

I love the colour!

noble pig said...

Oh wow, what an interesting recipe with the five spice and I love the appetizing color. Just beautiful!

Cakelaw said...

Yum - love the fact that these are made low fat as well.

Bridgett said...

I have some poor suffering figs in the fridge and now I have a great idea of what to do with them. This looks decadent!

Esi said...

This tartelette looks amazing!! I too am loving figs this week!

lindaloohoo - wheresmydamnanswer said...

i'm sorry. i'm not much of a fig person.
interesting fruit though.
kind of looks like something you might find INSIDE a pair of grandpa's underwear.
oh wait. was that disturbing in a good way?
nope. see, you can't take me anywere.
however, you, my friend, have taken the figs to an absolutely different level entirely.
if i liked figs, i'm sure i would love all those gorgeous things you've managed to do with them.
thanks for stopping by to ooh and ahh at the trainwreck that was the picture of the woman wearing mens undies as a summer tank top. she may very well be a distant relative of mine. or your grandpa's.

Cakebrain said...

geez woman, you are so lucky to have so many fresh figs! and you're amazing me with your fig creations! they're so gorgeous!

Lina said...

thanks for saving me some! ;) I dont think ive ever eaten a fig before...gasp!

Lisa said...

Another time I'm licking my screen. They look so pink and pretty!

Abeer said...

I love this recipe! plus u'v used low fat cream cheese - and i thought no one did that besides me!
Fresh fogs are the bomb!

Abeer said...

I meant fresh fIgs are the bomb!

HoneyB said...

looks delicious! I am one who has never had fresh fig either. I don't believe I have ever seen one in a store around here. Now I will have to keep my eyes open and see if we actually have them!

Prudy said...

What a gorgeous and inviting tart!

Lore said...

Cookie, I love this fig carnival! I bet the cream cheese and fresh fig puree was a match made in heaven.

Janet Ann said...

I cannot imagine ever getting tired of fresh figs!