Quinoa, high in protein and important amino acids, has a unique, earthy taste that surprises the palate. In this festive tart, a rich cream-cheese dough serves as the base for jewel-toned cranberries and figs stewed in wine, which combine to spectacular (and seasonal) effect.
Of the hundreds of varieties of figs grown, the amber-colored Calimyrna, from California, is most common in the United States. This is the kind we've used in our recipe. Black Mission Figs, which are a little less sweet, are also widely available.